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Parryville adopts 2010 budget

Published November 07. 2009 09:00AM

Parryville Council adopted a budget Friday that will provide funding for borough expenses in 2010.

The largest expense is waste removal at $34,500, followed by paying the principal on a road repair loan of $32,417. Third highest expense is the interest on road repair loan at $22,270.

Other costs that surpass the $10,000 mark are: liquid fuels expenses, $14,971.01; fire company expenses, $10,150; and grass cutting, $10,000. Other top expenses are for street lighting, $9,500; capital equipment fund, $8,038; truck lease payment, $7,476; and borough secretary, $6,600.

The total millage is 10.5 mills. The entire budget had been on display at the borough hall for 10 days before adoption.

The borough anticipates receipts of $214,837.01. The borough receives $68,514 from real estate taxes, $36,000 for solid waste; earned income taxes, $28,000; $20,300 from a street repair tax; and $14,971.01 from allocated from liquid fuels. The borough has $8,993 on hand, plus it will receive $10,150 through a one-mill fire company tax, which completely offsets the entire budgeted expenses for the fire company. The fire company is receiving an additional $2,500 in 2010.

In September, council discussed eliminating the position of code enforcement officer and converting those funds to the ailing fire company. The duties of the code enforcement officer will now be handled by a constable. The budget shows that the $2,400 budgeted for code enforcement was eliminated in the 2010 budget.

One other difference in the 2010 budget versus the 2009 budget was the added cost of the truck lease payments, which is a new line item for 2010. There were other adjustments within the budget line items, such as an added $2,300 estimated cost for street lighting because of an anticipated increase in electricity.

Council also adopted an amendment to the Property Maintenance Ordinance. The amendment relates to when hearings will be scheduled before the appeals board. Any party requesting a continuance for/of the hearing for good cause shall decide requests. Any hearing before the appeals board will be stenographically recorded and the decision will be made within 30 days from the final hearing, but no later than 120 days from the date the appeal was filed until both parties agree to an extension.

The amendment also regulates unsafe structures and condemnation regulations, and determines membership to the board as well as who may serve as an alternate and who will serve as board secretary. Compensation, if any, will be provided by the Parryville Borough Council.

Parryville plans to adopt a parking ordinance, which will be advertised, at the December meeting.

Donald Dorward, a landlord, questioned how the parking ordinance will affect his property in regard to a tenant who has an abandoned car on his property.

Attorney Michael Greek, solicitor for Parryville, said that Dorward's problem is a civil matter.

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