2018-11-03 / News

Galeton reaches terms with Smith

Galeton Borough Council has approved an arrangement to keep Tom Smith engaged as borough foreman into 2019.

Smith announced his retirement after 41 years of service, effective Dec. 31. Under a plan approved by Borough Council at this month’s meeting, following an executive session, he’ll remain employed part-time starting Jan. 1 under a month-to-month retainer agreement.

Also at this month’s meeting, Council:

• voted to increase the starting hourly wage for new employees to $11 per hour.

• discussed sidewalk and retaining wall issues on First Street with residents Dan Basile and Jim Zengerle.

• agreed to purchase a new dump truck and aluminum bed through the state cooperative purchasing system contract for $75,000.

• heard the September monthly report from Police Chief Chris Brackman, which included one criminal arrest, seven traffic citations, and eight non-traffic citations. Council members discussed enforcement of code violations with the chief.

• heard that the lot at 35 East Main Street has been cleared, at a cost to the borough of approximately $5,300, and a lien will soon be placed on the property.

• agreed to pay the 2019 obligations toward the municipal employees ($33,456) and police ($42,552) pension plans.

Members attending were Joe Petrencsik, Doug Droppa, Rob Pflug, D.J. Fuller, Denny Dean and Ron Tarabori. Among others attending were Mayor Vince Salvadge, Police Chief Brackman and Solicitor Mike Plummer.

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