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LMB COUNCIL MINUTES: OCTOBER 21, 2009

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Borough of Laurel Mountain Minutes

Regular Monthly Meeting Held October 21, 2009

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

Absent: Kinsey

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. with a quorum present. The minutes of the September 16, 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 posting. It is available through Borough Council members.)

Public Comment: None

OLD BUSINESS:

Mayor’s Report:

There is no new information on the DCED grant, the state budget has been passed but is not fully funded at this time.

Municipal Services Committee:

Mr. O’Brien reported that the workshop was held between the borough and conservation district, he will now submit the Ramsay bill to Mr. Cronour to obtain the final funding for the project.

Finance Committee:

Ms. Snyder noted that she is still working with PAMS to make sure that all residents are paying per capita tax.

Solicitor’s Report:

The Borough’s unclaimed property claim has been processed by the state. A check for approximately $130 should be received by the borough shortly.

Solicitor Miller reported that Comcast did not accept the franchise agreement as amended by the borough. At this point the borough can agree to the terms as they are or go into formal negotiations with Comcast. This process requires public hearings and the borough would also incur advertising. The agreement proposed by Comcast is for a term of 10 years with 2 5-year extensions, with a franchise fee of 3%. The borough will retain the right to increase the franchise fee to the maximum of 5% at any time if submitted in writing. After additional discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Griffith, seconded by Mr. O’Brien to accept the Comcast agreement with a minimum term of 10 years plus two five year extensions – carried.

Mr. Griffith noted that there are a number of grammatical changes which be made to the Sewage Agreement, Solicitor Miller urged council approve the document and forward to Don Snyder of the Sewage Authority noting that the grammatical changes are not critical and do not change the intent of the agreement. Council authorized Mr. Miller to forward the agreement to Mr. Snyder for his review.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mayor’s Report:

During the month of September the police logged 5:53. There was one traffic incident but to report.

Trick or Treating will be held Saturday, October 31 from 6 to 8 pm.

Municipal Services Committee:

Mr. Holland reported the Berkey Excavating will plow at the same rate as 2008. He noted that this price was less they any of the quotes received for the 2008 season. Berkey’s rates are $70 per hour and $20/ton for anti skid. After discussion a motion was made by Mr. Holland, seconded by Ms. Snyder to approve Berkey Excavating for 2009-2010 plowing.

Mr. Holland noted that he is unhappy with the leaf situation in the borough, residents rake leaves onto right of way and they end up plugging culverts. Mr. Holland is interested in having someone in to collect leaves at an hourly rate. This might have to be done two or three times but should eliminate some of the run off problems the borough suffers.

The No Outlet sign at Locust/White Oak is bent over; the borough is not required to replace this sign. The post can be cut off at ground level so as to not cause hazard.

Finance Committee:

The budget 2008 vs. 2009 is pretty much the same. Some budget items ran over due to culvert work and snow removal. A draft budget will be prepared for presentation at the November meeting. The final budget will be adopted at the December meeting.

Solicitor’s Report: No New Business

Other:

Council secretary will contact Pat Wolford to see if the Community Center is available for Borough Meetings November – March. If so, an advertisement will be published to inform residents of this location change.

CONTINUING BUSINESS:

Mayor’s Report:

1. DCED Grant

Municipal Services Committee:

1. Conservation district 2nd Disbursement

2. Leaf Removal

Finance Committee:

1. Per Capita Tax

2. Proposed 2010 Budget

Solicitor’s Report:

1. Sewage Agreement

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:19 p.m. 

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