Borough Council Minutes 10-22-2013

MANHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL WORKSHOP

October 22, 2013

 

Roll Call: President Bonnie Martin, Vice President Chris Simon Pro-Tempore Philip Enterline, Rebekah Bowers, Brad Roth, Dave Fenicle and Mayor Randall Kreiser

 

Staff:  Mark Stivers, Borough Manager, Linda Gerhart, Recording Secretary and Police Chief Joseph Stauffer

 

Visitor Comments:

  • There were no visitor comments.

 

Action Items:

  • Ratification of the request for closing the alley at Burgard Elementary School for a PTO Event on Friday, October 4th was presented for approval.
  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Fenicle to approve the ratification of the request for closing the alley at Burgard Elementary School for a PTO Event on Friday, October 4th.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Roth and passed unanimously.
  • A request from the Manheim Central School District for a Fireworks permit for Friday, October 25th after the football game was presented for approval.
  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Roth to approve the request from the Manheim Central School District for a Fireworks permit for Friday, October 25th after the football game.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Enterline and passed unanimously.
  • Approval of the September 24, 2013 Minutes:
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Fenicle to approve the Minutes of the September 24, 2013 Borough Council Meeting.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Roth and passed unanimously.
  • Ratification of the Voucher List for October 8, 2013
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Roth to ratify the voucher list in the amount of $229,306.79 from October 8, 2013.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Enterline and passed unanimously.  Mr. Fenicle abstained.

 

Mayor Kreiser commended the Borough and all the volunteers who helped with the Community Farm Show and Parade for a job well done.  He also praised everyone for the way the flooding situation on Friday October 11th was handled.

 

New Business:

  • A conservative draft budget for 2014 was presented for review and comments by Borough Council.  Mr. Stivers opened the presentation explaining his philosophy of setting goals and planning for the future with the hope of putting funds away during the coming years for capital projects.  The projected revenue was reviewed with an explanation of the drop in pool revenue.  The draft budget is currently balanced with no tax increase and only a $2.00 a year increase for Municipal Fees.  The Municipal Fees will be increased to absorb the 2% increase in the contract the borough currently has with Eagle Disposal.  It was noted that the 2014 expenses are higher which is only natural with the increases in health insurance, the police contract and costs for day to day operations of the borough in general.  The Parks/Pool Committee will be researching the cost of operating the pool for 2014.  A survey to the residents will be included in the newsletter to get their input in the future of the pool complex.  Questions were answered by Chief Stauffer concerning the expenses related to the contract currently being negotiated with Rapho Township.  The possibility of making the part-time position with the street department full time is currently part of the 2014 budget.  The Contributions and costs related to the Ambulance Association, Fire Company, Library and other organizations were discussed.   Mr. Stivers reviewed the major projects for 2014.

 

There will be more discussion on the budget at future meetings with a goal of adoption at the December 10th Council Meeting.

 

Adjournment:

  • A Motion was moved by Ms. Bowers to adjourn at 9:10 PM.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Fenicle and passed unanimously.

 

Respectfully Submitted,
 

 

Linda Gerhart

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