SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
With the majority of time spent discussing the proposed 2014 township budget, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners considered several motions during the one-hour meeting portion of its four and one-half hour workshop and meeting Nov. 21.
The last order of business was a unanimous 5-0 vote to advertise the proposed 2014 budget. Commissioner Vice President Robert Martucci, Jr., made the motion, seconded by Commissioner Debra Brinton.
The proposed budget is available for public review, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the township municipal nuilding, 2900 S. Pike Avenue, and on the township website, salisburytownshippa.org.
Commissioners are expected to vote on the proposed budget at the next township meeting, 7 p.m. Dec. 19.
The preliminary 2014 township budget calls for a tax hike that, on average, would amount to $39.49 annually per township residential property owner.
The tax hike plugs a $241,556 deficit, but does not include requested new hires in the public works and police departments.
Based on the average township assessment of $207,817 and the millage of 1.42103, the gross annual township tax is now $295.31.
With the millage increase to 1.61103, the gross annual township tax would be $334.80, resulting in the $39.49 increase.
For 2013, an approximate $440,923 surplus is projected.
Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano recommends the surplus be put toward the general fund capital budget.
2014 General Fund Operating Expenditures are $6,670,356.
2014 General Fund Operating Revenue is $6,428,700.
That results in the deficit of $241,556
The township Operating Cash Reserve (as of Dec. 31) is expected to be $1,877.978.
The 2014 Non-Operating Expenses are $1,585,005.
The 2014 General Fund Capital Budget is $963,103.
Because of the Christmas Day holiday, Dec. 25, commissioners are holding one, not the usual two meetings, in December.
Commissioners usually meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. However, the second Thursday is Dec. 26, the day after Christmas.
Also, at the Nov. 21 meeting, commissioners voted 5-0 to approve motions for:
- A well isolation distance waiver request at 507 E. Rock Road, as recommended by Primary Township Sewage Enforcement Officer Scott C. Bieber. A 49-foot waiver was granted. A malfunctioning well must be replaced.
- A bid award for a 2013 closed-circuit television inspection project, pressure testing and grouting of sanitary sewer joints for $162,780 to Sewer Specialty Services Company, Inc., Leicester, N.Y. Sewer Specialty did similar work for the township earlier this year. "They were the low-bidder," said David J. Tettemer, township consulting engineer. "We have no doubt they'll do a fine job." Three other higher bids also opened Nov. 18 were: $234,874, $275,700 and $295,145.
- Center Square Associates Land Development, 1142 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard, escrow release, $23,964.11, and project close-out.
- Salisbury High School addition-alterations project closeout. No escrow funds were required because Salisbury Township School District is a public entity, Soriano noted.
- Payment application No. 2 to A. Scott Enterprises, Inc. for the South Ellsworth Street water main replacement project, in the amount of $11,416.19. There is a 10 percent retainer of $5,666.22. "A couple of punch list items remain," Tettemer said. "I think in the next couple of meetings, we'll ask for the release of that also."
In other business:
Soriano noted the township police pension ordinance is still under review by the Salisbury Township Police Officers Association.
Martucci said there is a request from the Masonic Temple to hold a car show next summer in Franko Farm Park. Commissioner James Seagreaves said the date for the car show should be cleared with the Salisbury Youth Association, which holds baseball and soccer practice at Franko.
In his report to commissioners, Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles said a prescription drug give-back box is expected to be availlable for use at the end of December at the municipal complex.