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Commissioners split vote on budget adoption

| Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 2:06 a.m.

North Versailles Township's commissioners have adopted a $6,430,355 general fund budget for 2014.

The new spending plan represents roughly a 5 percent increase over the current budget and does not call for any adjustment to the tax rate, which remains at 7.25 mills for the budget and a .5-mill fire tax.

Board of commissioners president George Thompson, vice president Frank Bivins and commissioners Sam Juliano and Russell Saula voted for the budget. Commissioners George Beswick, Daryl Mitchell and Art Marra voted against it.

Marra said the new budget should have allocated more funding for road paving.

Voting along the same lines, the board approved a $214,212 liquid fuels budget and $207,510 for the fire departments.

Most borough employees will get a 3 percent raise for 2014 except for clerks and dispatchers, who'll receive a 2.5 percent increase based on their contracts.

In other news, Louise Beswick resigned from her seat on the North Versailles Public Library board of trustees.

Beswick, who turned in her resignation on Wednesday, said she did so because of work commitments. She is the second trustee to leave the board this year.

Susan Wagner resigned in September when the borough solicitor advised her she could not sit on two township boards. Wagner is on the zoning board.

No one has yet been appointed to fill either vacancy. Consequently, only five trustees are sitting on the seven-member panel.

Juliano said the township will take action to fill the vacancies in the new year.

Juliano announced that the township plans to add landscaping and seating in an area between the library and police station. The project is expected to cost around $6,900.

Commissioners adopted a resolution that will allow PennDOT crews to work at night along E. Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard and Westinghouse Avenue for a paving project this spring.

Similar permission was granted to Brayman Construction for the demolition of the Greensburg Pike Bridge, which is expected to begin in January.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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