Water authority raises 2018 budget concerns

HUGHESVILLE — Members of the Hughesville Water Authority Board addressed some concerns they have for 2018 at borough council’s meeting Tuesday night.

With the time for formulating budgets approaching, the authority questioned whether the water authority would continue to exist or if the borough would take over the responsibilities now under the authority’s control. Andrew Mook, council vice president, said that a decision did not need to be made on this issue until September 2018.

The delegation from the water authority also asked council if there were any equipment purchases in the borough’s plans for next year as these would affect the authority which shares the costs of the purchases. Council said that they did not anticipate any purchases.

Both the board members and council agreed that plans need to be made in advance for work done in the borough and to this end they decided to resolve some personnel issues and then sit down to formulate a plan.

Council voted to approve three contracts. All are pending the approval of the other parties involved and the financial information will be revealed at that time. The contracts are: school resource officer for the East Lycoming School District; the police department’s collective bargaining agreement and the intergovernmental agreement with Picture Rocks.

Council also approved hiring Alden Moyer as a full-time public works employee at a rate of $17.50 per hour.

Minimum Municipal Obligations were approved by council at $94,393 for police and $37,994.57 for non-uniform employees. The borough will receive an estimated Act 205 allocation of $24,000 for police and $12,000 for non-uniform employees.

In other business council:

• Approved budget items of $2,000 to the East Lycoming Recreation Authority and $2,500 to the Hughesville Library.

• Approved a request from Ashkar Elementary PTA to place scarecrows on the light posts on Main Street from Oct. 27 to Nov. 12.

• Tabled a request from the Baseball Boosters’ Club to place a shed at Bodine Park. Council would like to meet with the group to get more specifics before approving the request.

• Accepted a bid of $2,600 for the police departments used Ford Explorer. The vehicle had been on Municibid, a transaction site for municipalities.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the borough building, 147 S. Fifth St.