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Youngwood authority to adopt management role

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 5:29 a.m.

Youngwood Borough Authority will begin its 40th year in January with a new air of maturity. It will now serve as a financial and managerial delegation of the borough's sewer fund.

On Monday, council voted to enter a management agreement with the authority to relieve officials of some ever-growing duties.

"Because of the state mandates and additional work, it was taking up a great deal of council's time. This authority has traditionally been a financial operation committee and now these five people on the authority have agreed to take on the responsibility," said Solicitor Gerald Yanity.

The solicitor noted council would still oversee the authority, which would act similar to an advisory board. "This would just shift the burden," he said.

The agreement would extend until 2003. The five-member board is appointed on five-year staggered terms so a new member would be appointed each year, Yanity said.

In August, council voted to extend the life of the authority after it learned the articles of incorporation established in 1962 would expire in 2013, seven years before a $350,000 PennVest loan would be paid off.

On a related matter, council voted to furlough three full-time employees of the six-member public works department and add a new position to the sewer treatment plant staff. One of the three furloughed employees, who included two equipment operators and a laborer, is expected to fill the new position.

Council President Lou Bompiani said after the meeting the decision to lay off the workers was " a business decision."

"It was a recommendation by the Public Works Director Dan Genard," he said.

The borough may save up to $4,000 per month with the two layoffs depending on who fills the new sewer plant position. Bompiani said the borough might call back the workers on an as-needed basis for snow removal or reinstate full-time positions if the need arises. The employees will receive benefits through Jan. 31.

Finally, council unanimously approved the final budget for 2002. The general fund spending package is $699,804 and the sewer fund budget is $474,242. The tax levy will remain at 10 mills, which includes 1 mill for the fire department's apparatus fund.

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