No Tax Increase In 2017 Proposed Budget For Fairview Twp. Residents

For the sixth year in a row, there will be no tax increase for residents of Fairview Township. Supervisors announced at their Nov. 1 board meeting that the proposed 2017 budget has been drafted, reflecting no tax increase, and is available at the municipal building for public inspection.

The budget for next year is proposed to be $1,486,766, reported Barbara Wasiakowski, the township’s secretary and treasurer. This only shows a slight increase from the 2016 budget, which was $1,400, 741. Both the 2016 and proposed 2017 budgets are lower than the township’s 2014 budget, which was $1,549,343.

The 2017 budget is expected to be adopted at the Board of Supervisors’ Dec. 6 meeting, with the public given the opportunity to comment on it before the vote.

At the Nov. 1 meeting, the board also heard from Wasiakowski about the next phase in the MS4 public outreach program, a state-mandated process meant to inform residents about stormwater management and water quality in the area. A public meeting will be held on Nov. 15, at Fairview Elementary School, from 6 to 8 p. m., during its open house.

At the meeting, representatives of the township’s engineering consultant, Borton-Lawson, will be available to present an overview of the MS4 permitting process and Fairview’s participation. Also discussed will be the township’s goals for the next three years in the permit process, with the hopes that residents will provide input on the township’s efforts and become informed of the community’s endeavors to improve water quality.

So far, Wasiakowski reported, township workers have been diligent in mapping and documenting each stormwater system in Fairview Township, using elaborate GPS systems and field work. The mapping process is anticipated to be complete by the spring.

In other business, the board heard from Mountaintop Hose Company president David Hourigan that, in October, the fire department answered 17 calls. Department members also passed out 1,200 glow necklaces to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, courtesy of the Fairview Board of Supervisors.

Fairview Police handled 186 incidents in October, including three burglaries, three thefts, and four acts of criminal mischief, stated Supervisor Robert Orloski. There were 19 reports of suspicious vehicles or circumstances reported. Also, police issued five traffic citations and 13 warnings, and three patrol cars were out on Halloween night, making sure that residents were safe. In addition, in October, one of the Fairview officers attended a training class for field sobriety testing.

Road crews fixed a major problem on South Main Road, reported Marhold, where a catch basin had sunk considerably, creating a large hole adjacent to it. Workers also cleared leaves and debris from storm drains, and prepared for winter, completely filling the township’s two

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