Hughesville budget progresses

HUGHESVILLE – The preliminary budget for 2014 will be advertised in next Monday’s East Lycoming Shopper and will be available for the public to view at the borough office on North Fifth Street during normal business hours.

The board approved a donation of $80,000 to the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department Truck Fund. The donation will be disbursed in payments of $16,000 for the next five years. The new fire truck will be used as a combination engine and rescue truck and will replace the 1990 Engine 124. The majority of the money to pay for the truck will come from company fundraisers.

After a meeting with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the borough resolved the compost pile issue. The borough will pick up resident’s leaves and transport them to a local farm. “DEP wants to see the farm,” according to President Jeff Berger. “There may be a little more paperwork to finish up but it looks like it’s a go on it.”

The borough approved an increase in code fees for Codes Inspections Inc., effective January 2014. Councilman Richard Smith opposed.

Councilman Mary Burns motioned to stay with the current medical coverage and the board approved.

The board accepted Sherry Young’s resignation as borough secretary. She has been filling in the last year and a half. She plans on continuing her job as water authority secretary. An applicant will be hired contingent upon acceptance of the borough council’s offer. Final decision regarding who will fill the position was tabled until next month’s meeting.

Council approved the Christmas parade at 1 p.m. Dec. 8.