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DuBoistown hires tax collector

DuBoistown Borough Council recently hired Dottie Mertz, the Loyalsock Township tax collector, to help collect local services tax, according to Borough Manager Ann Baker.

Starting in July, Mertz will have a four-year contract with the borough and will help alleviate some of the workload from Baker’s shoulders.

“She’s going to be able to get us more money,” Baker said, citing recent increases to the local services tax.

In other news, Baker said she cleaned up some scrap at the borough’s sewer plant, which yielded enough steel and aluminum to recycle. In turn, the borough received around $1,000 to install a camera system as well as purchase chain, a gate and a lock to keep people off the property.

Baker said borough council had previously been under the impression the Edgewood Bridge in the borough had ranked a four on the county’s scale for the bridge bundling project; however, it actually rated a five, meaning it was not eligible for repair or replacement.

After speaking to county commissions and the county planning commission, Baker said there may be funding opportunities to pre-emptively repair the bridge to prevent the borough from paying additional costs to fix it once it falls down to a four ranking.

Now that a recycling grant has opened up, Baker said she is sending in an application for backhoe to assist with projects and an electronic sign for the borough and fire department to use to assist with communication.

In the meantime, Baker put bidding for the borough’s manhole project on hold until June 18. Baker said engineers had questions related to impeded supply due to COVID, so the borough pushed bidding back to allow for that change.

The Borough Council is also in the process of reviewing the property maintenance code book. Council had previously adopted the property maintenance code book in full, however Council realized there were elements of the code they did not need to use.

So, in July, Borough Council will review the book and make amendments to ensure fairness for all residents.

Finally, Borough Council unanimously adopted the county’s hazard mitigation plan.

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