Wellsboro council increases police chief’s pay

WELLSBORO – Following executive session discussion behind closed doors during its meeting Monday, borough council here voted to raise the Police Chief Jim Bodine’s annual salary to $67,000 starting immediately.

Bodine was making around $57,000 annually, said Borough Manager Dan Strausser.

Bodine also receives full insurance coverage with a co-pay, he added.

The borough still is in negotiations with the Teamsters for the rest of the police force’s pay, but the chief’s pay is separate.

The motion passed 5-1, with Councilman Mike Wood the lone no vote.

Council also approved purchasing electric service from Direct Energy through Affiliated Powers Purchase International at $0.06718 per kilowatt hour when a current contract with Penelec expires in August 2015.

The borough is purchasing electricity for the Clark Well at $0.0742 per kilowatt hour from Penelec with its bills running about $2,500 monthly, but is looking to save quite a bit by changing providers, Strausser said.

“Right now we would save about $180 per month, but in August of 2015 because we locked in this lower rate, our bills could be a lot lower for the next couple years,” he said.

The rest of the borough is subject to Wellsboro Electric Company rates, but the well is in Duncan Township, Strausser said.

In other business, Strausser said the borough’s new offices just up the street from the current location will be ready shortly after the council meeting on July 22.

All the phone numbers will remain the same, he added.

The new water plant also is coming along, he said.

“The emergency generator won’t be here till later this month, so we are looking at late August to start up the new Pall filtration system,” he said.

Strausser said the borough has had no problems with nitrogen and phosphorus levels, which he said are “very low and we will probably end up with excess credits.”

The borough received $155,500 in Act 13 monies for 2013. That money will go into capital reserve until a plan for its use can be discussed, Strausser said.