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Homestead revises credit account policy

| Friday, June 14, 2013, 3:16 a.m.

Homestead has a new policy regarding who can use the borough's credit account, and how it can be used.

By a 4-1-1 vote on Thursday, council designated manager Ian McMeans as the sole holder of the borough's credit card, and established rules and procedures for charges.

Councilman Drew Borcik dissented, and council president Susan Titmus abstained. Councilwoman Zaneta Hines was absent.

“We had a borough credit card before,” Borcik said. “We trusted employees and managers before, and that policy was abused.”“I abstained (from the vote) because I have mixed emotions,” Titmus said. “We've been burned in the past. I think our current borough manger is a very responsible person, and will conduct business accordingly. We want everything to be on the up and up.”

Titmus declined to explain how he thinks the borough has been “burned.”

Borcik said an employee was fired for misuse of the borough's card sometime within the last five years. He declined to name the employee.

In March 2011, council authorized an investigation into the use of borough credits and funds.

The policy approved on Thursday states that “use of the borough-issued credit card is a privilege, which the borough council may withdraw at its discretion.”

Borough expenses typically are reimbursed after a purchase is made, and when monthly bills are paid.

McMeans said he is unsure which bank will issue the card or what the credit limit will be. He said establishing the policy is the first step in the process.

“I know I'm not going to misuse it,” McMeans said.

Councilwoman Wanda Burnwell said the policy centralizes business expenses.

“We know where to go,” Burnwell said. “We don't have to be hopping all over the place trying to find out anything. (McMeans) will be held accountable for (the card), with council looking at everything that he does.”

The policy states all credit card bills will be reviewed for approval by council. It stipulates that any employee who uses the card for non-business, non-essential purposes must pay for them.

A copy of the policy is available for viewing at the borough office.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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