Canton discusses budget matters, impact fee money
CANTON - The borough has a use in mind for its Act 13 impact fee money.
Canton Borough has been allotted $111,839.56. The impact fee is levied on companies that drill for natural gas.
"I'm proposing paving West Union Street out of that, or at least the majority of West Union Street," borough administrator Amy Seeley told council during its regular monthly meeting this week.
Seeley also noted that another account will have to be created for the impact fee money.
She made the comments during her update on the 2013 budget, which she said is currently in a "very preliminary" state.
Council will continue its meeting on the budget at 7 p.m. on Nov. 26.
Continuing her comments on the budget, Seeley talked to council about health insurance rates.
"I actually just got our health insurance rates," she told council. "They did go up."
She said she wanted to discuss the possibility of setting up an in-house health savings plan as a remedy.
Seeley explained that if the borough increases its deductible, this could result in lower premiums.
In addition, Seeley said the cost for the telephone "seems to have gone astronomically high."
"I'm not sure, I need to delve into it, pull the invoices and look back because we never did get a telephone bill for the pool, so I don't know if they tacked the pool's onto the borough's," she said.
She also said the copier may need to be replaced.
Seeley said there is some extra money budgeted in the street department for "potentially a lean-to off the back of the shed for some extra storage." The borough would pave the floor with in-house millings.
Seeley said she was projecting eliminating the street repair tax, which is .57 mils.
She said it's been in the borough for as long as she's been with the borough.
"It doesn't generate really enough income to do anything on its own in that fund."
"We're proposing eliminating that, bringing it into the general fund."
Seeley also noted that there may be a chance to make more money in the concession area of the pool.
Also regarding the pool, the borough will budget $2,000 for painting, due to the material fading and another $2,000 for parts for a pump that may have to be redone in the spring. Wade Associates is looking into the fading issue, since it's believed that the paint shouldn't have faded as much as it did, according to Seeley.
The 2012 budget was higher than budgeted because of the pool, she noted.
In addition, Seeley noted that the borough is getting good electric rates with First Energy.
Seeley said the borough will review the fire department roof in the spring to see if it needs repaired.
After going through the agenda, council went into executive session to discuss personnel.
Seeley said the proposed 2013 wages would be discussed in executive session.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.