The minutes of the September meeting were approved and the bills accepted for payment.
There were no visitor comments.
The Solicitor did not have a report.
Mrs. Seeley provided information on cash flows, balance sheets and Borough accounts.
No action was taken concerning the proposed Rental Inspection Ordinance. A committee meeting to discuss the ordinance will be held on November 3.
Prior to tonight's meeting Council held a hearing on its intent to vacate a "paper street" between W. Union and Trippe Streets. (see article on Page Three). Council voted to advertise this Ordinance two times.
Council considered a revision of Ordinance 470, which prohibits the discharging of firearms within Borough limits. A funeral service for a military veteran was held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home and an honor guard and firing squad was requested. A representative from the veterans organization wanted to make sure the law was observed so asked to see a copy of the Ordinance. This was done, and it contains no exception for an honor guard, even though salutes have been fired at all three cemeteries in the Borough, at the High School and at the Veterans Memorial Park. However, the funeral home is in a residential area, and the veterans wanted to comply with the law. The Borough did not attempt to prevent the firing squad, but the group decided it would not conduct the gun salute. However, some individuals did not like that decision, so they followed up and contacted the Borough. Police Chief Seeley granted permission for the firing squad to take place and it was held as originally scheduled.
Council approved a revised Fee Resolution, which changes the Floodplain fee to accord with the fee charged by Code Inspections, Inc. which was designated as the Borough's Floodplain Manager as of October 1. The other change in the resolution reflects that no fee is charged for rental of the pool pavilion (although those desiring to reserve the pavilion are to sign up at the Borough office or the pool).
Outdoor furnaces may be used as of October 1 until the end of the heating season.
Recreation burning is allowed through November 30.
Council was reminded of the Canton Chamber of Commerce "Light Night" Activities on November 27. Santa will arrive at 6:45, light the community Christmas decorations and the tree and meet with children in the lobby of the Chemung Canal Bank for crafts, snacks and pictures. There will be caroling in Main Street Park by the Alba Church Choir.
Also, "Small Business Saturday" will be sponsored by the Chamber on November 28, with special sales and activities, and a Christmas movie will be shown (at no charge to the public) at the Rialto Theatre.
Police Chief Seeley reported that October "was another busy month," with several hearings for the fights at Hilltop Lane. Two part-time officers have submitted paperwork, which has been submitted to Harrisburg for review.
Chief Seeley said the "Demon Dash 5K" and the Halloween Parade both were successful. He thanked Chief May and the fire department for their assistance.
Mr. Jannone said that the Fire Department expects there will be no increase in the fire contract amounts from last year.
One bid was received for the 2011 Dodge Ram. Council unanimously voted to reject the bid. Mr. Jennings said "the truck is worth twice the bid." Council voted to rebid it with a minimum of $40,000. The vehicle is in excellent condition and has been driven only 18,000 miles.
Leaf pickup will begin November 9.
The boom on the Street Sweeper does not work. Old damage was found, which occurred prior to the Borough's purchase of the sweeper. The Borough hopes to work out an arrangement with the seller.
Mrs. Thompson thanked the Street Department for its work at the pool.
Mr. Jannone thanked the Fire Department "for making a solid effort" for training, etc. "They have made a ton of things happen. They are firing on all cylinders. They are keeping to their budget and they have good communication with the Borough. Thanks you for what you do for us."
The Chamber of Commerce thanked the Police, Fire and Ambulance for their service at the Halloween Parade and to protect Trick-or-Treaters.
Council voted to exonerate Tax Collector Gary Gleckner from collecting $67.50 in 2015 Occupation taxes.
Council discussed to 2015 budget. Mrs. Seeley reviewed the figures and presented a draft, with no tax increase.
The Street Light fund has a projected loss of $6,969.92.
The draft budget projects transfer of $159,907 into the General fund.
Act 13 funds are not budgeted as the income is unknown.
The Fire Contract amount is expected to be the same as the current year, but Worker's Compensation costs for the Borough will be $2,325 higher.
The roof issue at the fire station has not been completely resolved as a few leaks remain. The Borough is trying to work with the contractor, but Chief May observed it may be time to take possible legal action.
The Street Lighting deficit is largely because of an increase in the "pole charge" from $1,600 to $1,900 per month.
Liquid Fuels will increase approximately 13% from 2015.
Budgeted amounts for Highway snow removal supplies are considerably up, and professional snow removal for downtown after large snow storms is increased from last year. This has been bid as a set amount per cleanup as opposed to hourly rate for 2016. The budgeted amount for Street Signs is unchanged as the borough will continue to replace old signs to meet retroreflectivity standards.
The budget will include funds for professional painting of parking stalls.
Vehicle and equipment maintenance is expected to be lower with no tires or any large purchases required.
Expenses include a possible 2.5% wage increases across board
A preliminary increase of 3.33% in health insurance rates;
The Borough’s portion of the unemployment compensation rate decreased from 4.9% to 2.85%; this decrease was based on unemployment claims for 2015
Insurance premiums are an estimated 5% increase from 2015; A line item has been included for a 3rd full time police officer. Line items were created for Taser maintenance and bulletproof vests
The Pool lost $30,017.41 this year; which is an additional $3,720.82 over 2014.
The draft budget includes a donation to the Green Free Library of $5,000.
Mrs. Seeley did not recommend a tax increase.
Council approved a tentative budget with a transfer of $59,056.60 from the surplus to cover these deficits: projected deficit at the pool ($30,017.41), plus $14,554.67 to fix the backhoe and $11,604.32 to pay off the 2011 Dodge truck (which is up for sale at bid). Mrs. Seeley said to cover that amount through a tax increase would require 3.44 mills. She said, "that’s a considerable jump in millage and do not recommend it; we all know that costs continually rise, not fall."