Jesse Walck, president of Summit Hill Borough Council, said the municipality is in its best financial shape in years.

The borough has paid off all its loans with the exception of a bond issue on the municipal building, fire station and community center.

The council approved a final payment of $45,676.41 in a building loan and equipment loan. Just a few years ago, the municipality had reached its borrowing capacity.

Walck said the improvements were made by paying on loans early. He said the debts were paid off nearly two years early.

"Financially, we're in better shape than we've been for years," he said.

In other business:

Ÿ The council granted permission for borough resident Kevin Steber to use Ginder Field for hosting a fireworks display on July 5. The Ginder Field will be for spectators viewing the display. There is no cost for the fireworks, but borough secretary Kira Steber said donations will be sought to help with the costs.

Ÿ A handicap parking request for Ann Marie Derby at 9 W. Holland St. was denied by the council. A neighbor, whose last name is Graver, objected to the request, saying she sees Derby shoveling snow for herself and other neighbors and place a garbage can with a cinder block in it to save her space. The council said Chief of Police Joe Fittos found grounds to reject the application.

Ÿ The council unanimously tabled action of imposing a sewer transfer fee of $100 annually ($25 per quarter) effective next year. Walck said the purpose for the fee would be to accumulate a fund to replace sewage lines in the future.

"We've had problems with sewer lines for a long time," he said. Walck said replacing the system would be a multimillion dollar project. Councilman Billy O'Gurek said he feels $100 per year is too steep for residents, many who are senior citizens on fixed incomes. He said the council reduced taxes in the borough, and such a fee would negate that reduction.

"I understand we have issues, but I don't feel this is really necessary at this time," O'Gurek said. Another reason for tabling the matter is to determine if there would be exemptions to the fee.

Ÿ It was agreed to have borough engineer Ronald Tirpak draw up plans for the construction of a four-bay salt shed to store winter street materials. Presently such materials are kept beneath the bleachers of Ginder Field.

Those bleachers have been rusting and are off-limits to the public. The council said it intends to have the bleachers taken down once the plans for the salt shed are approved.