Boro will see no increase in millage, hire two police officers and clerk
There will be no millage increase in Mt. Oliver for 2016.
In other news from the Dec. 21 council meeting, the positions of two part-time police officers and a police clerk/secretary will soon be advertised. Shutoffs for delinquent sewage accounts of $150 and above will commence in January.
The meeting began with the report of Mayor James Cassidy.
There were 482 total police calls in November, and 37 narcotics arrests. The narcotics arrests included the seizure of marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia.
The K-9 unit was used 12 times. There were three burglaries, three DUI arrests, and 10 arrest warrants served.
All police equipment is up and running, and all officers are up-to-date on training.
Councilman Frank Bernardini took note that besides three new incoming council members, there was only one resident at the meeting. He said the public should not complain “if they don’t have the guts to step up.”
In the engineer’s report, El Grande Industries has completed all of the work for the 2015 pavement maintenance program. Council later voted 6-0 to pay El Grande $163,316.51 for the work. Councilwoman Billie Michener was absent.
The Anthony Street sanitary sewer upsize project is on hold to be bid out in 2017.
The borough is on track to complete the required inspections on 10 percent of the borough’s sanitary sewer manholes. These will be completed by the end of the year.
The borough has received the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the handicapped ramps, and the contractor is currently working to install them. All work must be completed by Dec. 31, 2015.
In the fire report, Mr. Cassidy said there were 688 calls from Nov. 2014 to Nov. 2015. Of that total, 166 calls were fire-related and 522 were for medical service.
In the code enforcement report from inspector Chuck Knaus for Nov. 6 thru Dec. 10, Mr. Bernardini reported there were 38 rental inspections (69 units); 25 citations; 12 notices; 14 complaints; six occupancy inspections; and two condemnations.
In the parks and recreation report, Councilman Nick Viglione said dek hockey is being played due to the nice weather.
In public safety, Councilwoman Barbara Keener said two part-time police officers will be hired to replace the two officers who are leaving. A police clerk/secretary will also be hired to free up officers to spend more time on the streets.
The latter will be a 30-hour per week administrative position requiring filing, typing, and other office tasks. Candidates do not have to live in Mt. Oliver.
Mrs. Keener also reported that lighting and surveillance will be installed on the side of the municipal building where officers park.
In health and maintenance, the borough is down to 50 residents who owe $150 and above on their sewage accounts. Those with delinquents should contact Jordan Tax Service about beginning a payment plan.
In resolutions and ordinances, the real estate tax will remain at 13.25 mills for 2016. The budget amount will be $1,903,800.
Next, Mrs. Keener said the Hilltop Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is offering grant opportunities for non-profit groups that provide direct benefit to Mt. Oliver and Knoxville. Grant funds will be awarded for projects that improve the quality of life by addressing one of these eligible categories: job training, crime prevention, or education.
Applicants must be a non-profit organization with 501(C) 3 status.
A grant funding workshop to provide technical assistance and answer questions about this grant opportunity will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 5 at LifeSpan, 320 Brownsville Rd. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the grants.
On the topic of garbage pickup, council President Darnell Sains said he voted for Waste Management in SHACOG, but regrets his decision. He talked to three company officials last week about workers neglecting to pick up some garbage. “I am tired of talking to them,” he said.
It was Mr. Sains last borough meeting.
“It has been quite interesting,” he said of his tenure, during which he met a lot of people and received much education. He wished the next council his best.
“I’ve given a great amount of my time and effort, and gotten it back,” he said.
The council’s reorganization meeting will be on Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The next council meeting will be on Jan. 18.