Weissport Council is well on its way to purchase a brand new dump truck with a plow that will be used to keep the borough streets clean in snow storms and for borough maintenance.
Council members were updated to the possible costs for a 2011 Cheverolet Siverado truck. The entire cost for the truck is $36,141. The borough is hoping to receive a $10,000 grant, plus has sold off used equipment ($8,700 for used police car and mower deck) and plans to spend $19,043 in funds from liquid fuels. The borough is looking at paying the remaining balance of $1,815 from the general fund, which will not be due until 2014 and 2015.
Secretary Dana Brubaker said that the borough will also be saving money by not paying $900 vehicle insurance on the second police car and dump truck, which will go toward the costs for insurance on the new vehicle. She noted that the grant funding has not been received, but was verbally approved, but even if the grant is not secured, the borough should be able to make the payments.
"We may not get the grant because of fiscal problems in the state," said Brubaker. "We have to plan for the event we don't get the funding."
Brubaker said that the loan has received preliminary approval for a 60 month loan, but that it will be a few weeks until the truck is ready.
Since the truck is purchased through the Co-Stars program, the borough does not need to put the truck out on bid.
Council also will switch borough solicitors. Borough council voted to appoint Att. Michael Greek as the borough solicitor for 2011.
Weissport also has a new tax collector. Council appointed Teresa Troutman as the new tax collector. She will be open the same hours as the previous tax collector. She will also collect sewage and garage bills.
Secretary Brubaker also noted that of the $15,396 still owed for garbage for 2010, that $11,183 was collected. Six residents has civil judgements filed against them and others had municipal liens filed to get funds for properties in bankruptsy.
"We've taken action against all accounts that we could," said Brubaker. "We don't like to use the court system because it costs us money, which is ultimately reimbursed by the people who owe. We just don't like to see our money tied up."
Brubaker said that court fees add approximately another $250 to the bill.
"We have no problem working with people who stick to a payment plan," she added.