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Dunbar passes balanced 2010 budget

| Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

Dunbar Borough Council has passed a balanced 2010 budget without a tax increase.

Council approved the budget by a 6-0 vote at its regular meeting Monday. Councilman Jim Martin was absent.

The $238,108 budget keeps millage at 1.665, or $83.25 for a property worth $50,000. Each mill generates $22,832.70 for the borough.

The budget anticipates $33,150 in real estate taxes, $55,000 in earned income taxes, $12,500 in television franchise fees, $12,517 in CD and savings interest and $79,911 in housing rental income. The borough anticipates paying $31,200 to its secretary/treasurer; $37,990 for the volunteer fire department, which includes $17,370 in workers' compensation insurance; and $21,685 for the police department. The street department will receive $42,409, which includes $25,236 in salaries and $3,527 in workers' compensation. The borough will spend $2,616 for civic purposes, which includes hanging and removing flags, donations to the Halloween and Christmas parties, and hanging and removing the Christmas lights and Nativity scene.

In addition to passing the budget, council opened 10 bids for demolishing the former Central Hotel on Connellsville Street, which has been condemned.

X-Treme Trucking and Demolition of Wellsville, Ohio, submitted the lowest bid, $29,270. Council approved that bid. Empire Dismantlement of Grand Island, N.Y., submitted the highest bid, $147,890.

The work includes asbestos abatement.

Council approved funding the demolition with a portion of its $193,000 in mature CDs.

Councilman John Maddas cast the only dissenting votes against each motion.

Borough secretary/treasurer Tammy Nedrow said X-Treme will not be able to begin until it receives an asbestos-removal permit from Harrisburg, a process that takes about three weeks.

• Council will reorganize at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 in the borough building. Meetings for 2010 will be set. Council will consider reappointing Harold Hair and Dean Pastorius to the Dunbar Borough/Township Sanitary Authority. Their four-year terms expire this month. John Williams submitted a letter of interest for a seat, as well as a vacant council seat.

• Council voted to advertise for a new one-ton plow truck with a spreader.

• Two rental units are vacant and applications are being accepted.

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