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State to cover municipal obligations for pension funds

Published October 19. 2011 05:02PM

The Borough of Tamaqua received some good news from the State Auditor General. The State will be covering the minimum municipal obligations for the uniformed and non-uniformed pension funds this year. The Borough will actually realize an overage, as their 2011 MMO totals $279,463 and they will receive $307,803.69. The excess will be deposited into the non-uniformed pension plan.

While enthusiastic about the news, borough officials remained cautious. "This is a one time thing," said Gursky. "It's the first time in recent memory that they're covering their entire contribution to the pension fund. We will not have to pay any extra." Borough treasurer Georgia Depos DeWire added that the borough should not plan on this being an annual event and should budget to meet their obligation next year.

In other business, council approved the sale of five borough vehicles to the highest bidders. A 1999 Ford Crown Vic police car was sold to Ernie Atiyeh, of Allentown, for $1201. Ken Gordon, of Philadelphia, picked up a 1985 Chevy Blazer for $511. Danny Farber, Tamaqua, obtained a 1994 Chevy 1500 pick up for $550. John Moravek, Tamaqua, got the 1994 Chevy 2500 pick up for $1107.50. The 1988 Dodge D150 pick up went to Michael Matsago, Tuscarora, for $489.85.

Council awarded the annual heating fuel contract to the low bidder, Fegley Oil Co., for to floating price with a fixed markup of 14 _ cents per gallon over their price. According to Steigerwalt, the borough has been paying an average of $2.71 per gallon for heating oil in the last year.

The borough currently has several vacancies, including the secretary of the planning commission, as well as an opening on the planning commission, and a position on the police pension commission. Anyone who is interested in filling any of the positions should contact the borough. The positions need to be filled as soon as possible.

The borough's fire companies will be conducting inspections of downtown businesses this weekend, as part of October's fire safety awareness activities. "It's a general fire safety inspection, checking fire extinguishers, no visible fire hazards, that kind of thing," said Fire Chief Tom Hartz, Jr.

Council approved a request from the American Legion to hold their annual Veteran's Day parade on November 5th at 10am. Mayor Christian Morrison noted that this is a week earlier than the parade is normally held.

Council denied a request from Rebecca Schafer, animal control officer, to amend her contract to allow her to write citations. Council members recommended that she pursue the matter through the county, as that would enable her to issue citations in other municipalities as well.

Council adjourned for an executive session regarding personnel matters.

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