Jim Thorpe Borough Council members passed two previously publicized resolutions during their normal monthly meeting on Thursday night.
The first related to new fees for the borough's sewage enforcement officer. The second related to new fees for the borough's health agent.
Justin Yaich made the motion to adopt the new resolution that would impact what residents are asked to pay for new sewer permits, perc tests, repairs, new subdivision work and other requests.
Yaich pointed out that the resolution as written would only keep the borough at a break even point.
"This is not something we make money on," he said. The motion passed.
The second resolution set new fees for health inspections and re-inspections for food service establishments operating within the borough. The council had previously passed a motion to advertise the new ordinance, which would see the borough adopting the Pennsylvania Food Code and the Pennsylvania Employee Certification Act and then setting inspection charges. The new resolution set the fee for food establishment initial and annual inspections at $55. Re-inspections, complaint inspections and compliance inspections at $30. An annual license fee was set at $5. The ordinance also established penalties for violations.
The problem now is that Jim Thorpe has to hire a new health inspector to enforce the new codes. Borough president John McGuire said that the former inspector had mentioned a willingness to refer another professional for the job. In addition, there are other municipalities in the area who have trained inspectors who might take on Jim Thorpe's work.
Solicitor James Nanovic pointed out that with good leads there was no reason the borough should have to advertise for the position, especially given that the borough has a new Web site on which to announce the job opening.
McGuire pointed out that the state of Pennsylvania makes training available for the position and has provided a computer and software to make the work easier to accomplish. It could even make it possible to eventually put information about Jim Thorpe food service establishments up on the borough's new Web site.
Anyone interested in the new position is urged to watch the borough Web site for more information at http://www.jtborough.org.