Coaldale may not be able to afford to give its code enforcement officer an additional $500 a year, but council is seeing what it can do to let him use a borough van to help cut the costs of doing his job.

Council at a public meeting Tuesday praised Jamie Lee Nicholas for the great job he's doing making sure property owners keep their buildings up to code. But his $4,000 annual stipend doesn't stretch very far, given the cost of gas.

Although council would have liked to have given Nicholas the money, the borough is struggling to make ends meet.

Councilman Joe Hnat suggested giving Nicholas the use of a borough vehicle to make his rounds. Council liked the idea, and decided to put together a committee to explore the possibility of using a van the police department has, but rarely uses.

The van would be marked as a code enforcement vehicle, and the committee would determine the hours and conditions for its use.

Also on Tuesday, council rejected a bid on a vacant parcel, and agreed to seek another round of offers for the property, on Greenwood Street.

In other matters, council president Sue Solt announced that the borough's website is now up and running.

The site, which includes information about applications for building permits, sewer service, use of athletic fields, moving and occupancy; meeting minutes, elected and appointed officials, emergency contact numbers and other information, can be found at www.coaldaleborough.org.

Also on Tuesday, council also voted unanimously, with Councilman Steve Tentylo absent, to adopt a standard operating procedure policy for the police department.