Manor to set aside money to help buy fire engine
By Chris Foreman
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Manor Council has pledged to reserve $22,400 in its capital-expense fund next year to possibly help the Manor Volunteer Fire Department buy a new fire engine.
Firefighters are considering buying a new engine that would cost about $400,000, said Councilman Brian Woy, who also serves as a department captain.
The department and council traditionally have split the payment on trucks, he said.
“This is by no means a final offer or final price,” Woy said.
Woy said he wanted to make sure the $22,400 that was budgeted for a possible truck purchase this year will be set aside in the next year's budget instead of returned to the general fund.
Council members Dawn Lynn, Jim Morgan and Christine Marchand joined Woy in voting to put the money in the capital-expense fund. Jeff Herman, Steve Ira and Bruce Hartman were absent.
Woy said a 2010 Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission advisory opinion states that he may vote on council matters involving the fire department because he is a line officer but not a member of the executive board.
Council will continue to waive police officers' 5-percent contribution to the borough's pension plan in 2014, but members said they want more time next year to review a potential waiver.
Manor's fund has been one of the healthiest in Westmoreland County in recent years. In December 2012, the Public Employee Retirement Commission, a state agency that analyses and regulates plans, reported that the borough had $609,157 available to pay an estimated $383,517 in pension liabilities.
Borough manager Joe Lapia said the employees' contributions aren't needed right now to keep the plan solvent. The only person who draws from the fund collects about $100 per month, he said.
Morgan said he wants council to meet earlier next year to examine the latest-available actuarial report from the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System and decide whether to waive the contributions again for 2015.
Parking in borough cul-de-sacs soon might be prohibited.
Council authorized its solicitor, John Campfield, to draft an ordinance banning parking in those areas.
Lapia brought the issue up as a safety issue, particularly for the ability of public-safety vehicles to be able to drive to their destination.
Council agreed to promote patrolman Thomas Yaniszeski from part-time status to full-time status, pending his passing of several pre-employment screening conditions.
Yaniszeski will replace Robert Broome, who was hired in neighboring Penn Township.
Council is accepting letters of interest from residents who would like to be considered for two openings on the planning commission.
Letters may be sent to Manor Council, 44 Main St., Manor, PA 15665.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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