Carmichaels council to decide on use of impact fees

November 13, 2012

CARMICHAELS – Carmichaels Borough Council will have a little extra revenue in its 2013 budget thanks to the Marcellus Shale gas industry.

Borough secretary Brandi Streit informed council Tuesday that the borough has received a check for $16,972.78 from the state, the borough’s portion of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling impact fee.

The state provided the borough with a list of the types of projects for which the money can be used, but it recommended a portion be set aside in a capital reserve fund, Streit said.

Streit said she would set up a separate account for the money now and later place some of it in a new capital reserve fund account.

Council plans to present its budget for 2013 at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and adopt the budget a week later at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

Streit also reported the borough auditors have completed the audit and it will be available at council’s next meeting. No problems were found in borough accounts, she said.

Following an executive session, council approved a motion to grant borough police Chief Mike Gyurke a $4-an-hour raise; and Streit and borough maintenance employee Jim Petron, each $2-an-hour raises.

Gyurke, who has been with the borough 17 years, now makes $11.80 an hour; Petron, who has been with the borough eight years makes $9.28 an hour; and Streit, who has been with the borough a year a half makes $10 an hour.

Councilman Ralph McWilliams voted against the motion, saying he agreed employees should receive raises but didn’t agree with the amounts.

In other business, Mayor Michael Dohanich questioned whether Jumpin Jackpots, an Internet gaming parlor that opened in September on George Street, is a legal operation.

Gyurke reported similar parlors have opened across the state including one in Uniontown and their legality is being considered by law enforcement authorities.

Council voted to make the borough’s annual donation of $150 to Flenniken Library and $100 to the Greene County Humane Society. It was announced Richard Gideon had donated a new flag to the borough.

Councilman Charles Walker reported the salt spreader for the borough truck is in poor condition and needs to be replaced. He and McWilliams will get three quotes for a new spreader.

Bob Niedbala worked as a general assignment reporter for the newspaper for 27 years in the Greene County bureau. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

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