Carmichaels Council to hold workshop on Act 13 money

  • By Bob Niedbala February 12, 2013

CARMICHAELS – Carmichaels Borough Council intends to hold a workshop meeting to consider how the borough will use the $16,972.78 it received from the state last year in Act 13 natural gas drilling impact fee revenue.

Council President Charles Walker told council at a brief meeting Tuesday that a date would be set for the workshop after recently appointed councilman Chris Watson officially takes the oath of office.

Watson, who attended Tuesday’s meeting, said he plans to take the oath of office after he completes filling out the required ethics statements.

Walker said Watson will probably be sworn in by Mayor Michael Dohanich or District Judge Lee Watson within the next few days.

Council is required to file a report with the state specifying how it intends to use the Act 13 money by April 15.

The act specifies permitted uses for impact fee money.

They include work on roads and bridges; water, stormwater and sewer systems; law enforcement and emergency services; trails, parks and recreation; preservation and reclamation of surface and subsurface waters and water supplies; tax reduction; affordable housing; records management; social services; judicial services; capital reserve; career and technical centers for training drilling workers; and local or regional planning.

The borough also will be receiving Act 13 money for this year. In adopting a budget in December, the borough budgeted $23,761 in total Act 13 revenue for last year and this year.

Borough secretary Brandi Streit reported borough maintenance employee Jim Petron has taken advantage of the warmer weather to begin repairing potholes throughout the borough.

In response to a complaint about dust from cinders on borough roads, Streit said Petron had swept ciders from some areas, but, with snow being forecast for the next few days, he would have to wait for better weather to begin cleaning up.

Bob Niedbala is a staff writer for the Observer-Reporter. He has 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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