October 15, 2015 - Special Meeting

A Special Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on October 15, 2015 at 4:10 p.m., by Chairman Gerald W. Powers, with all members present.

Also present were Linda Woodward and Police Chief Eckart.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a Moment of Silence was held.

The Meeting was advertised for the purpose of conducting a Budget Workshop.

There were no public comments at this time.

 

2016 BUDGET:

 

GENERAL FUND:

Each line item in the General Fund was reviewed with an expected surplus of $126.00 in 2016.  Police Chief Terry Eckart mentioned that the policy in the past was to use $7,500.00 out of each payment Catawissa Township makes for the Police services and put it in the Vehicle Purchase account for a total of $15,000.00 each year.  Much discussion was held and it was decided to reactivate this policy. 

Ms. Ebright mentioned that at a recent meeting she and Dr. Powers attended, it was announced that there will be monies available in 2016 for repair of gravel and dirt roads and roads damaged by floods, etc. 

Mr. Mullen also expressed interest in doing something similar to the Police vehicle savings for major vehicle purchases for the Highway Department. 

Each line item was reviewed.  Linda Woodward suggested raises in the salaries for the office staff.  It was proposed to increase Danielle Berkes, Township Clerk, at $1.00 per hour and Theresa Hampton and Carolyn Patacconi at 25 cents per hour.

It was brought up that the Catawissa Township Expense line item is use to put the vehicle fuel purchase in.  Discussing this with Chief Eckart, It was decided that the separation of fuel for Catawissa and the Township is not necessary and this line item will be budgeted at $0.00.  Also in the future, the bill will no longer need to be separated by township.

SEWER FUND:

Each line item in the Sewer Fund was reviewed with an expected surplus of $60,980.00 in 2016.

HIGHWAY FUND:

Each line item in the Highway Fund was reviewed with an expected surplus of $19,650.00 in 2015.  This is with the addition of $100,000.00 from reserves.  Our estimated Liquid Fuels Allocation for 2016 has not been received at this time. 

There were no additional public comments.

Dr. Powers mentioned that there will be no tax increase for 2016.

There being no further business, the Meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m., on MOTION of, Ms. Ebright seconded by Mr. Mullen.  Motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Theresa M. Hampton

Township Secretary

 

Danielle Berkes

Township Clerk