that we try to follow the Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority’s guidelines, and they do treat a dog grooming business as 2 EDUs.”
“I feel that I am being discriminated against,” Zawoiski insisted.
“With respect to the non-impact, we were following their guidelines,” Johnson continued. “I have no problem with this at all. I saw what happened and I agree with everything you just said.”
A heated discussion ensued as to the drafting of the ordinance and its implementation.
Atty. Dean said, based on the discussion, 2 motions should be offered: one that a special agreement is being made to limit the number of tap-in fees to one. The second being that, “to the satisfaction of the Borough Council, she has established that her home business does not have any impact on the Nuangola sewer system; that she should only be responsible for one EDU and there should be no additional charge” Dean noted, “Nothing in this motion should be construed as a waiver of any other home business.”
Motion number one was approved with all council members voting in the affirmative, while Zawoiski recused herself. The second motion received a ‘no’ vote from Regina Plodwick commenting that she was following the ordinance.
In other business, council offered the first look at the 2016 budget. Finance Committee Chair Mike Johnson, advised, “This is a balanced budget. There is no tax increase. “There is a slight increase in
income to $195,000 and expenses to $195,000,” he noted. The Liquid Fuels funds plan for next year shows projected state funds on $30,620, expenses are shown in the same amount. Johnson stated that he anticipates less road repairs going forward since much of the road damage from the sewer project has already been addressed.
In order to meet the budget advertising requirements, the December municipal meeting was need to be rescheduled to December 15th.
Council also agreed to seek additional funding for 2016 in the form of a Local Share grant from gaming funds.
Vice President Joseph Tucker reported that he is seeking funding for the borough in addition to assisting non-profit groups within the municipality including the Lake Association and the Grove Association.
Tucker noted that the borough needs a new dump truck and plow; and improvements to the borough garage.
He advised that a grant consulting company, Susquehanna Strategies, will draft the grant application for a fee of $2,225, which is contingent upon the success of the application.
“I’d like to get started on this right away since it needs to be done by the end of the year,” he advised. The board unanimously approved contracting with the consultants.