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LMB COUNCIL MINUTES: DECEMBER 16, 2009

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Borough of Laurel Mountain Minutes

Regular Monthly Meeting Held December 16, 2009

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

Absent: Snyder

The meeting was called to order at 7:40pm with a quorum present. The minutes of the November 18, 2009 meeting were approved as corrected. The following reports were submitted to council:

(NOTE: The Treasurer’s Report is not included due to formatting problems in the posting. It is available through Borough Council members.)

Council authorized the transfer of $3,000 from General Funds to the Waterline fund as provided for in the 2009 budget.

Public Comment: None

OLD BUSINESS:

Mayor’s Report: No old business.

Municipal Services Committee:

Mr. Holland reported that Valley Landscaping has removed leaves from the borough ditches. Rick Roberts had three people working on this project. Mr. Holland noted they got more done t his year than in prior years, noting that he was present and the removal was done just where he wanted.

The damaged sign post has been secured and is standing.

Finance Committee:

The proposed 2010 budget was presented. It was noted that the 2010 budget of $36,316 contains few changes over the 2009 budget; this includes no increase in property taxes. After additional discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Griffith, seconded by Mrs. Kinsey to adopt the proposed 2010 Budget as presented – carried.

Solicitor’s Report: No old business

Other:

Mayor Light reported that the police contract sent to all council members via email contained an error in the time computing. This has been corrected, if council chooses to execute this contract the changes must be initialed and the contract signed and returned to Paul Fry prior to December 31, this contract can be voided on a 90 day written notice. Council had two questions, the first regarding the amount of the deductible the second the cost to be added as an additionally insured on the Borough’s policy. After discussion a motion was made by Mr. Holland, seconded by Mr. O’Brien to execute the police agreement, the deductible amount and the costs of being insurance will be obtained, after which council will determine if the contract will be continued or give up based on the 90 day cancellation clause – carried with Mrs. Kinsey abstaining.

Council is required by law to hold its reorganization meeting the first Monday in January, this date is January 4, 2010. Solicitor Miller noted that council has the option of holding the regular monthly meeting for January following the organization meeting. Council opted to hold the regular meeting for January after the reorganization meeting. This change will be advertised.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mayor’s Report:

Mayor Light reported that during the month of November the police logged 5:42, made two ambulance assists and one mental health assist.

Excela Health will hold a Report to the Community on December 17, 2009 at St. Vincent College for anyone interested in attending.

Municipal Services Committee:

Mrs. Kinsey reported there is a small tree which has partially fallen, this tree is on borough property and represents a danger. Mrs. Kinsey moved to contract with Scott Matson for the removal of this tree. The discussion was table until the January meeting.

Finance Committee: No new business.

Solicitor’s Report: No new business

Other:

Mr. Holland thanked Mrs. Kinsey for her years of service and dedication to the borough throughout her time on council, noting the December meeting will be the last council meeting For Mrs. Kinsey. He mentioned that because of Mrs. Kinsey the initial contact was made with Rob Cronouer and the first phase was White Oak, Phase II was Beechwood. because of these grants, the borough was able to get approximately $20,000 worth of work done to drainage for $2,500. He also thanked her for the time she devoted to calling contractors and laying the ground work for good relationships with them. This is Mrs. Kinsey’s last council meeting, her replacement Tom Adair was introduced.

Mrs. Kinsey noted that there are quite a few unlicensed vehicles appearing in the borough. She suggested that council once again send letters out to property owners informing them that they are in violation of the Zoning Ordinance. The last time this was done it was quite successful. She noted that in the past each property was checked to determine that the vehicle was actually removed or placed indoors.

Mr. Holland suggested that council authorize the transfer of the $3,000 from the general fund to the PLGIT Waterline fund – this was approved and the transfer will be made prior to the end of 2009.

CONTINUING BUSINESS:

Mayor’s Report:

Municipal Services Committee:

1. Tree Removal discussion

Finance Committee:

Solicitor’s Report:

Other:

1. Police Contract answers

2. Letters regarding unlicensed vehicles

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm. 

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