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Ford City OKs gazebo, park account for fees

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 1:03 a.m.

FORD CITY — What's spent in the borough's park and gazebo, stays in the borough's park and gazebo, council decided after a long discussion on Monday.

Council approved, by a 5-0 vote, to set up a special and separate gazebo and park account from rental fees collected for their use to be for maintenance and improvements.

The motion said the fees should be exclusively for the park and gazebo needs, rather than go into the general fund to be spent.

Councilman Jerry Miklos made the motion.

“That money should be earmarked,” Miklos said.

“It should not be for any other purposes. Then, you won't have to take it (money for upkeep of the gazebo and park) from the taxpayers.”

Council President Lou Vergari said there is a gazebo account of $500 budgeted each year. He said the rental fees collected are added to that account.

Councilwoman Kim Bish said $250 has been collected from fees so far this year.

Miklos said the gazebo and park fees currently do not stay separated.

He said the money is often spent as part of the general fund.

“It moves around,” said Miklos.

“Where does the money we take in go?”

In other borough business, council:

— Approved by a 4-1 vote a three-year labor agreement with the borough's 10 non-uniformed employees (street workers and office staff). The deal with United Steelworkers of America Local 158 boosts employee compensation by 30 cents an hour in the first year; 35 cents in the second and 40 cents in the final year of the contract. Vergari and council members Bish, Gene Banks and Paul Harmon voted yes to the contract. Councilman Rob Mohney was absent from the meeting. Miklos voted no.

— Approved payment to A. Folino Construction, of Oakmont, $82,227 for alley paving in 2012.

Miklos asked what the company bid for the project and was informed that the company had bid $68,136.

“So we're going to say, OK, let's just pay for it (the increase)?” asked Miklos.

Vergari explained that the scope of the project was extended to include some additional alleys, as the reason for the increased cost.

Council voted 4-1 to make the payment with Miklos casting the no vote.

Mitch Fryer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or mfryer@tribweb.com.

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