South Connellsville passes budget
South Connellsville Borough this week passed a budget for 2013 of $736,861.22, with a millage rate set at 2.5 and no tax increase for property owners.
The budget was adopted with one revision, having a line item changed that involved the Act 13 impact fee from gas wells.
In separate motions, council approved raising the salaries by 45 cents per hour for borough Secretary Holly Green, street department workers, and police officers Kevin Grippo and Dominick Polito.
A motion also passed to give borough Treasurer Lib Giles a 3 percent pay raise.
Council also approved purchasing gift cards for borough employees and agreed to attend the G-5 Summit that will be held in April.
Councilman Clyde Martz reported that the new camera for the police car arrived and will be installed soon. Later in the meeting, he asked that a metal console be added in the same vehicle to allow police usage of power ports.
The motion for the new console was approved, with costs not to exceed $400.
Council President Mark Ward read a letter of resignation from part-time police officer Steven Cooper, which was dated Nov. 20. Council did not pass a motion to approve the resignation, however.
“I have had no communication, no contact from the police officer,” Ward said. “I wish that we had more of an explanation.”
Although a motion was made and seconded to accept the letter, council members said they had questions.
Borough solicitor Mark Rowan suggested a second motion be made to override the other motion, to give council time to receive more of an explanation.
“We need a chance to discuss this,” Martz said.
Council agreed to purchase tarps for the cannons located at the borough's Honor Roll, for use during the winter months.
“We spend a lot of money to have the wooden spokes refurbished and they look really nice,” Ward said of the cannons. “They should be protected.”
Council agreed to purchase two tarps, not to exceed $250 in costs.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.