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Borough of Laurel Mountain Minutes

Regular Monthly Meeting Held December 17, 2008

Present:               Griffith, Snyder, Kinsey, Holland, O’Brien, Mayor Light, Solicitor Miller

Absent:                N/A

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm with a quorum present.  The minutes of the November 19, 2008 meeting were approved as corrected.  The following reports were submitted to council.

Treasurer’s Report:

Balance on hand November 1, 2008     23,516.14
November Receipts          
20 Real Estate Tax   117.63    
21 PAMS – Earned Income Tax 2370.00    
        2487.63   2,487.63
November Disbursements        
19 Ross Surveying – copy 20.00    
19 Leventry, Haschak & Rodkey 276.18    
19 Taryn Ankney – net   267.57    
19 PAMS – Commission 39.94    
19 Joe Golden – Entrance Mowing 60.00    
19 Postmaster – PO Box Fee 70.00    
19 1st Commonwealth Bank-SDbx 16.00    
19 Ligonier Borough – Police 200.00    
19 Allegheny Power   25.68    
        975.37   -975.37
Balance on hand November 30, 2008     25,028.40
PLGIT Fund Balances ( 2.15%)      
General Fund       38,242.33    
Sewage Fund     6,050.19    
Waterline Fund     14,727.78    
Legal Reserve Fund     4,231.70    
Liquid Fuels Fund     6,759.63    
The following items were approved for payment:      
Leventry, Haschak & Rodkey   275.00    
Latrobe Bulletin     38.50    
Gary Faye & Associates     100.00    
Craig Miller – Commission   5.88    
Ligonier Borough Police     200.00    
PAMS       59.50    
Taryn Ankney – net     267.57    
Allegheny Power     25.79    
LMP, Inc. Rental     750.00    


Mayor’s Report:  No old business.

Municipal Services Committee:

Rick Robertson has been unable to remove leaves from the borough to date due to the snowy conditions. 

Dave Berkey has plowed the borough twice but no invoice has been received to date.  When is in the borough again, he will be asked to fill several potholes which have developed.

Finance Committee:

Rae Ann Tronetti has computed the 2006 audit and will forward it to council for the January meeting.

Solicitor’s Report:

Solicitor Miller reported that a check has been received as payment for the Kunkle case. 


Although not present Mr. Fleming, Emergency Management Coordinator for the Borough forwarded a resolution for consideration by council.  The Borough is required to periodically update its emergency management plan or the borough could opt to be included under the County plan.  The resolution was read by Mr. Griffith after discussion a motion was made by Mr. Griffith, seconded by Ms. Snyder to include the borough under the umbrella of the Westmoreland County Plan – carried.  Council secretary will forward this resolution to  Dan Stevens at the County Emergency Management Dept. 


Mayor’s Report:

Mayor Light reported that he received a letter from the DCED informing that the borough is delinquent in the filing of 2005 through 2007 audit forms.  The letter further stated that DCED grants to the borough would be suspended until these reports have been filed.  Council secretary will contact Rae Ann Tronetti, CPA to determine if reports have been filed.

Municipal Services Committee:  No new business.


Council Secretary reported that she has been contacted by a representative of Verizon Wireless for a copy of the Borough’s Zoning Ordinance.  Verizon Wireless is interested in erecting cellular telephone towers in this area in an effort to cover dead zones which exist throughout the valley.  His name and contact number were passed along to Mr. Griffith who will contact him.  Mr. O’Brien reported that after witnessing an accident, he was forced to go to his home to call 911 as he could not establish cellular service.  Additionally, it was noted that 18% of US residents currently do not have a landline but rely entirely on cellular service.

Finance Committee:

The public hearing regarding the proposed 2009 budget was adjourned and the regular meeting resume.  A motion was made by Mrs. Kinsey, seconded by Mr. Griffith to adopt the 2009 budget as amended present – carried.

Solicitor’s Report:  No new business


Mayor’s Report:  N/A

Municipal Services Committee:

  1. Ditch Cleaning

Finance Committee:

  1.  2006 Audit
  2. Accounting Software
  3. PAMS – Earned Income Tax

Solicitor’s Report:

  1.  Cable Franchise Agreement
  2. Public Records Ordinance


  1.  Verizon Wireless Cellular tower

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.


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