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Several topics discussed at Philipsburg meeting
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
PHILIPSBURG - Philipsburg Borough Council discussed various matters at its meeting Monday night.
• after a one-hour and 15-minute executive session on personnel and labor relations, Fred Grauch said they discussed the incident of a fight at the borough garage and asked for a motion to fire both Erik Karlson and Gary McDonald. He then passed the gavel to Barb Gette, who is vice president, and made the motion himself, but it died for lack of a second.
• Sharon Goss reported good news for the recreation committee and said they received a $12,000 anonymous donation for the 13th Street Playground. She said they need to work with the engineer for installation of equipment and need to write a matching grant.
• under personnel, council discussed keeping track which employees has a valid driver's license. Walt Chorle noted it is a matter of protecting the public.
• Mayor John Streno congratulated Jan McDonald on his retirement and said he thought McDonald did a good job.
Chorle said he has some questions for the mayor and first asked about a property he had a photo of and said was blighted. Streno said he disagreed that it was as bad as Chorle said and added that they only have one code person on staff.
Chorle then asked Streno about getting paid for a wedding he performed recently. Streno said he wasn't paid and usually doesn't ask to be unless he has to travel. He said in seven years he has never been questioned. There was discussion on whether he needs to disclose to the borough when he is paid and the matter will be looked into.
• Gette reported that the Shade Tree Commission is working on a grant for trees. She added that the trees at the Sharpless property, which recently burned, need removed and had a quote of $950. Council voted to have the trees removed.
• under the manager's report, Gette said she thought McDonald should have been there at his last meeting to support the other council members and was disappointed. Chorle asked Secretary Shelley Walstrom if it was true McDonald had left sick that day and she said yes.
After the meeting adjourned, Grauch briefly spoke with members of the press and said he had two letters he had wanted to read during the meeting but didn't have opportunity to. One was from Stan LaFuria and the other from a former council member, both praising McDonald for his hard work for the borough.
• a municipal recycling program grant for equipment and projects was also approved.
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