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Perryopolis begins 2014 budget preparation

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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 6:26 p.m.

Perryopolis Borough Council will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss plans for adopting a 2014 budget.

Council President Ron Lombard said the borough funds its police force and services for the public because it continues to be very frugal with its spending practices.

“We're one of the only boroughs our size that can actually still afford a police force,” Lombard said. “We've been very frugal with our budget for the past few years, and we plan to continue to watch our finances.”

Lombard said council members have no idea how much money the borough will receive next year from the Mary Fuller Frazier Estate.

“We're not exactly sure how much money we will be getting yet, but we know that it won't be a lot of money,” he said.

The library has requested a $5,000 allocation for 2014, Lombard said.

“We're hoping that the newly elected borough council members can attend tomorrow's budget meeting so they can become familiar with the budget process,” he said on Wednesday. “The majority of the money that the borough receives comes in and goes out. The state tells us how the money will be spent, so we really don't have a lot of options.”

By Tuesday, Lombard said, the borough should find out how much money it will receive from the state.

In other business, council:

• Approved a request from Mike and Joe Yancosky to dig up old outhouses on borough property, looking for valuable glass bottles from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The approval is contingent upon the solicitor's review of an agreement for liability insurance coverage. Mike Yancosky said the five most valuable bottles in the world were produced at a Perryopolis glass plant.

• Announced that trick or treat in the borough will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, after the borough 4 p.m. Halloween parade.

• Notified borough residents that burning of leaves and tree branches will be permitted every Saturday through the end of November.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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