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Perryopolis finances in good shape, borough council president says

| Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 6:17 p.m.

Perryopolis Borough Council President Ron Lombard told council on Wednesday that borough finances were in good shape.

Lombard requested council begin work on committee reports and requests for the 2014 budget.

“The tax money is still coming in, and we are in a good financial state for the present time,” Lombard said. “I think it would be a good idea to put together a wish list for the budget. I would like to have the budget in place by the latter of October.”

Lombard reminded council that the extra money needed for the police and the nonuniform pension plans would have to be included in the upcoming budget.

In other business, council hired Nick Zocco as a patrolman for the borough.

The decision was made after Councilman Paul Black said the police committee interviewed Zocco and agreed to the hiring.

Reporting on parks and recreation, Councilman Chris Massey said new signs for the ball field have been ordered to clarify on which part of the five-part field each game is being held.

“We have five fields there, and there could be five different games going on at the same time,” Massey said, explaining that each field will be affixed with a number to better designate. “There can be a lot of confusion and congestion down there, and it can be really difficult for someone who is not from the area.”

Council is in the process of building a restroom to be located off the girls softball field, he noted.

“We have the permits,” Massey said. “I think it's a question of the weather right now. The restroom will be unisex and handicapped accessible.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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