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South Connellsville considers G Summit if no cost

| Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

South Connellsville may participate in the upcoming G Summit if there is no cost.

On Tuesday night, Councilman Clyde Martz moved that the borough send representatives to the G Summit scheduled for late March, in which communities will discuss common issues and how they have solved problems. He said he did not want to pay to attend, however.

Connellsville City Councilman Brad Geyer attended the December borough meeting and said the summit would cost each participating municipality $200 for Saturday dinner.

Geyer suggested the borough could seek sponsors rather than taking the cost from the budget.

"We hit our borough businesses real hard last year with our centennial. I don't want to hit them up again," Martz said. "I don't want to take $200 out of the general fund, either. The money is for the dinner. We can just not go to that."

Martz said he and street workers attended the summit last year and acquired much useful information.

Outside of the summit, Martz said he wants to speak with Connellsville and Connellsville Township officials about purchasing a machine for sealing cracks in roads.

"It's an expensive piece of equipment," Martz said. "It costs us $1,500 a year to rent.

In other business:

• Council set the 2012 millage rate. Property taxes remain at 2.5 mills, or $25 for each $10,000 in assessed property value.

• Police Chief Frederick Helms took an early retirement offer, effective Dec. 31. Councilman Guy Napolillo said the borough now has one full-time and two part-time police officers.

"We're working on the staffing situation," he said.

• Councilman Robert Ward requested that code officer Rita Bornstein be contacted regarding junked vehicles on property at the corner of Second Street and McCormick Avenue. Ward said the vehicles have not been moved in more than a year.

• Council approved replacing the broken photocopier with a reconditioned 2-year-old Sharp, with a one-year warranty. The copier will cost $199 from Fay-West Copier, Mt. Pleasant.

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