Borough Council talks 2020 Census, budget resolution

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Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 11:50 AM

Borough of Edinboro council members discussed the 2020 census, the local volunteer fire department and playground equipment in a Nov. 11 meeting that kicked off at 6:30 p.m. at the Edinboro Town Hall.

Beforehand, council also talked the 2020 budget, in which there are no proposed increases in taxes or utility fees, according to Finance Director Jason Spangenberg.

The minutes for the Sept. 9 meeting were then approved, before public participation took place. A local resident expressed the desire for a street sweeper to be used again for collecting leaves.

In response, council stated that there are potential limits to this in regard to expense, the lack of a proper vehicle and manpower, yet it is something that will be looked into.

Bills paid on Oct. 28 and Nov. 11 of $87,823 and $72,909 were approved, based on a motion from Finance Committee Chair Mary Ann Horne.

Payroll expenses paid on Oct. 25, totaling $74,663, and on Nov. 8, totaling $74,230, were also approved.

Horne also motioned for additional funding of the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, “for additional EMS (Emergency Medical Services) work,” which was approved.

For the solicitor’s report, a drafted ordinance covering a no-smoking policy at certain park spaces was discussed. 

The 2020 Census, which will be primarily online, was another topic, and Mark Eisert, who will replace council member Nathan Latimer once he leaves in December, shared that Pennsylvania residents can complete it at the hall. Help and technology will be provided accordingly, and you should attempt to complete before April 1, which is when door-to-door outreach will start.

Edinboro Town Hall itself is also being worked on, with the front and back entrances being resurfaced and renovated. Heating system updates are also in the works.

A grant mentioned would go toward playground equipment for Robert Thompson Park, in which costs would be $4,000, if approved.
They also discussed how a significant amount of silt has been drained from Edinboro Lake.

The budget resolution for 2020, which has been around two months in the making, was discussed and approved. Once again, it was decided that there will be no tax increase.

The council also approved the purchase of a command vehicle for emergency management, which is in good condition and has less than 25,000 miles on it.

For code enforcement, planning and zoning, the request to combine 116 and 118 Hickory Street was approved.

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m., with additional meetings on Nov. 25 and Dec. 23 if needed.

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