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Delmont emergency services tax collection exceeds expectations

| Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 2:33 p.m.

Delmont brought in more money than expected from its local-services tax in 2013, but that didn't translate to more money for its local fire department.

Borough council earlier this month agreed to give the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department $13,000 from the tax, which generated nearly $20,000. Officials had expected to receive about $15,000, council Vice President Andy Shissler said.

“It's supposed to be used for things like police and fire departments,” Shissler said.

The fire department places the borough's annual contribution into an account dedicated to helping pay for replacement vehicles. Instead of increasing its contribution to the fire department, council asked the police department to come up with some smaller items that are on its “wish list.”

The police department has a budget of approximately $250,000, Shissler said. That accounts for about a quarter of the borough's annual budget.

The money can be used for seven different categories, including the police and fire departments, borough Solicitor Dan Hewitt said. The local-services tax is a $52 annual fee charged to people who work in the borough. It is designed to support emergency services.

Pump station work under way

Work on the new Cramer Pump Station began earlier this month and will be completed by May, borough engineers said.

Under the bidding contract, Lone Pine Construction in Bentleyville has until May 4 to complete the $866,000 project, Baird said.

The pump station, located in Salem but maintained by Delmont, has been in disrepair for about 20 years.

Pothole watch

Delmont public-works employees will continue watching for potholes throughout the borough. Public-works employee Bill Heeps said the road has been a long-term problem but that workers will be fixing potholes as they occur.

Earlier this month, Council President Jim Bortz pointed out roads that are particularly bad.

“It's that time of year, but we got three or four potholes going down Greensburg,” he said. “We need to keep on top of that.”

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