Councilman David Hawk proposed a .5 mill increase in real estate taxes for the borough during Wednesday'ss monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council.

Hawk and the rest of the budget committee met recently to review the financial status of the borough.

With an increase in expenditures of approximately $143,000, the .5 mill increase would be necessary to help meet all financial obligations.

A large portion of the increase in expenditures is budgeted toward repayment of the borough's line of credit.

The increase will raise the millage of the Borough to 15.5.

With the increase in millage, a home assessed at $50,000 will see an increase in real estate taxes of $25 per year.

With the exception of Councilman Don DeMarco, council approved the tentative adoption of the 2014 budget and .5 mill increase.

Final adoption of the budget will take place during the December council meeting.

Councilwoman Mary Fox presented the 2014 sewer budget stating that the department was in "good shape" and had a "good surplus."

Council then voted to adopt the 2014 sewer budget.

In other matters, council voted to:

Ÿ approve a letter of retirement from borough superintendent, Louis Paul, effective November 8.

Ÿ put up for sale a 2004 F-550 truck with plow and spreader

Ÿ re-advertise for road material bids with some rewording of the language.

Fire Chief John McArdle informed council that Police Chief Sean Smith will start the D.A.R.E. program in March.

Mayor Tony Walck would like to remind parents that the Nesquehoning Recreation Committee is holding a Christmas party for children aged 12 and under on Sunday, December 15 at 6 p.m.

Parents can register their children during bingo.

Some complaints have been received about animals tearing garbage bags and scattering trash within the borough.

Council noted that it is not the borough's responsibility to pick up trash that has been scattered by animals.

Council would also like to remind residents of the borough's snow ordinance.

When snowfall occurs between Nov. 15 and March 31 there is to be no parking on the south side of street running east and west, except Coal Street, and on the west side of streets running north and south during the snowstorm or the day after until such time as the aforesaid side of the street is cleared from snow at which time cars may again be parked on that side.

On Coal Street, there shall be no parking on the north side during the snowstorm and the day after until such time as the snow is cleared from the north side at which time parking may resume on that side of the street.

Council President Frank Jacobs extended his wish for everyone to have a Happy Thanksgiving.