At their Dec. 18 meeting, Nuangola borough council adopted a balanced 2018 budget that calls for no tax increases.
Income and expenditures in the general budget are both set at $203,050. In the liquid fuels budget –money the state gives the borough for road maintenance –both figures are set at $33,879.03. Both budgets were adopted with small changes from the budgets proposed at the November meeting. Real estate millage remains at .444 percent, meaning a property owner would pay $44.40 on a property valued at $100,000. The earned income tax rate remains at 1 percent.
In other business, Secretary Sabine Thomas announced continued efforts to collect payments on delinquent trash collection bills. She said there are still about 15 delinquent accounts. Council voted to permit one resident to make monthly payments on his account at his request. Another person wrote to Thomas to say his property was not connected to power and no one is living there, so he shouldn’t have a trash collection fee. Council is checking on that property. President Joe Tucker asked Thomas to prepare a list of the remaining delinquent accounts and send it to Solicitor Jack Dean so he can send out letters demanding payment.
Passed resolutions to apply for Local Share Account grants –grants from county gaming funds –to buy a new truck and build a pole barn to house it. Because one truck burned in a vehicle fire and the borough’s other truck has been overused to compensate, the borough is in desperate need of a truck, “and we’ve been denied for two years” a grant to buy a new one, Tucker said.
Council is asking for $60,958 for the
truck and $35,000 for the pole barn. They also approved a $1,500 payment to Susquehanna Strategies to prepare and submit the grant proposals.
Voted to prohibit mini casinos in the borough, as several other area municipalities have done. This action was required by Dec. 31, according to the new state legislation that created mini-casinos, but council can vote to rescind the prohibition if they decide they want a mini-casino later. Vice President Michael Johnson noted the borough isn’t likely to be able to host a mini-casino anyway, given the acreage requirements.
Heard from resident Jim Stook, who asked council to continue working to get nuisance properties cleaned up.
“This is about the 19th meeting I’ve attended” to bring attention to this issue, Stook said. “I appreciate the progress that’s been made.”
Tucker said council would readdress the issue in the new year.
“There are a couple more [properties] that need to go on” the list, Tucker said, noting some people have already cleaned up their properties with just “a little nudge” from council, while others can be expected to fight to the end.
Heard a planning commission report from Councilwoman Regina Plodwick, who noted a third member has resigned. Council hopes to appoint three new members at its reorganization meeting on Jan. 2. Council also received letters from some officials asking to be reappointed to other borough duties at next month’s reorganization meeting.
Received a request from a man wanting to be appointed to the zoning hearing board. Tucker advised Thomas to first determine whether the man is a full-time resident of the borough.
Noted that the recycling center is closed for the winter. In 2018, council will reevaluate how to use the center now that County Waste is picking up curbside recycling. The borough may decide to open the center periodically for yard waste, Councilman Mark Gandzyk said. Council encouraged any residents who have not yet received recycling bins to call County Waste.
Heard a presentation on borough insurance for 2018 and approved