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Lansford landlord wants to know, where's the bill?

Published August 11. 2011 05:02PM

Lansford imposes a $40 annual fee on landlords in order to rent buildings. But resident and property owner Mike Rego told council on Wednesday that his payment was late - because the borough does not send out bills.

"How are you supposed to pay if you don't get a bill?" he asked.

Rego said he knows other landlords who simply don't pay the fee because they don't get a bill in the mail.

"You're losing a lot of money," he said.

Council agreed bills need to be sent, and said it would work toward that.

In other matters Wednesday, Councilman Lenny Kovach, who chairs the Public Works Committee, said borough workers are saving the town money by now doing mechanical repairs in-house.

"We're saving taxpayers money a lot of money," he said.

Kovach said much of the borough's equipment is old and breaks down frequently.

Council also agreed to meet with its auditor to discuss the annual and interim review of borough operations and finances.

also on Wednesday, council agreed to continue to seek the lowest interest rate to see if it can borrow money to match one-quarter of a $265,000 state Department of Community and Economic Development

grant obtained by assistant secretary Karen Burrell to renovate the aging borough hall/fire station on East Patterson Street.

American Fire Co. No. 1 volunteers have said they would try to raise the other one-quarter of the match.

The building, at 26-28 E. Patterson St., was built as a fire station in 1896, with an addition for borough offices put up in 1906.

Councilwoman Rose Mary Cannon said that, providing the matching money is raised, council needs to decide where to relocate the borough offices during the renovation.

In other matters, council held an executive expecting to discuss, among other things, comp time accrued by former secretary-treasurer Renee Slakoper. The matter surfaced last month when Councilman Tommy Vadyak moved to have solicitor Michael Greek research whether the borough could make administrators who signed off on Slakoper's comp time hours pay for the time that was logged but not explained. Slakoper put in for 434.5 comp hours, but only 240 are allowed by law, Cannon said.

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