During the first meeting of the new year last night, members of the Nesquehoning Water Authority voted to approve the retention of their current officers.

Serving again as president is David Hawk; vice president, Frank Parano; secretary, Denny Creitz; treasurer, Bill Hausman; and assistant secretary-treasurer, Gary Porembo.

Authority members then voted to rehire all employees and to retain the current solicitor, engineer and auditor.

Members also voted to accept the audit for the year ending Sept. 30, 2011 and approved the budget for the year. The budget sets revenues for the year at $805,000 and expenses at $803,425 for total revenue over expenses of $1,575.

Representatives from Alfred Benesch & Company met with operators to obtain additional information necessary to move forward with the water tank project. A field survey was completed the week of Jan. 2, and the firm is now in the process of entering data to create a hydraulic model and anticipate having further information available on the elevation, size and location of the tank for the February meeting.

Mark Lopata, authority supervisor, reported that he has obtained estimates on the purchase of the system radios, which are estimated to be around $10,000. Bid specs will be written up by engineer Ron Tirpak in order to go to bid in February. It will take approximately five to six months to get licensing for the new system, which needs to be completed and in place by January 2013.

Meeting dates were established for the year with all regularly monthly authority meetings to be held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. with the exception of October, which will be held on the Tuesday following the second Monday of the month.

The water authority office will be closed on Presidents Day.

Following the meeting, authority members went into executive session and approved salary increases for water authority employees.