Council OKs insurance bill, tables fire tax

MUNCY – Muncy Borough Council voted 5-0 to approve the borough’s 2013-14 insurance bill of $8,990 for the Muncy Creek Community Fire Co. Tuesday night.

Voting in favor were Richard Baker, Dana Bertin, Ed Feigels, Karen Richards and Elaine McAleer. Council members Matilda Noviello and Linda Stein were absent.

Muncy Borough and Muncy Creek Township share the cost of insurance of the fire company. The amount is an increase over the 2012-13 expense of $5,361, due to the implementation of Act 46 by the state legislature in July of 2011, which adds cancer as an “occupational disease” for firefighters and has increased the cost of insuring fire companies.

Police Chief Jim Dorman informed council that the new police cruiser, a 2013 Ford Interceptor with 1,500 miles on it, has arrived. The cruiser will get the Muncy Police Department logo and decals and will be fitted with equipment such as a radio and divider, some of which will be taken from the cruiser to be replaced.

Dorman said that even with the purchase of other necessary equipment, the cost of the cruiser should come in below the $30,300 that was approved by council.

Council also voted 5-0 to approve the use of the borough parking lot by the Muncy Ministerium for National Day of Prayer on May 1 from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

The borough’s cleanup days were confirmed as April 24 and 25.

Information, such as what is acceptable to put out for collection and on which day a particular street will have pick-up by B&W Disposal, will be made available in coming weeks.

Discussion on the borough’s proposed fire tax was tabled until the next meeting in order to give Solicitor Wilfred Knecht time to look into the possibility of putting the issue on a ballot.

The tax would take the place of the annual stipend that the borough pays to the fire company. Any approved tax would be offset by a decrease in property taxes.

The next borough council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 21 at Myers Elementary, 125 New St.