2012-01-12 / Front Page

Borough Council Reorganizes

Elects officers, appoints committee members
By Jean Snyder

McConnellsburg Borough Council met last Wednesday evening and reorganized for the year as required by municipal law.

Mayor Mike Chilcote presided over the meeting until the following officers were elected. Travis Bard was re-elected council president, while Rick Buterbaugh was elected vice president. Pat Frazier was elected to the president pro tem position.

Borough secretary Jack Fields was reappointed to the positions of secretary-treasurer, acting borough manager, zoning officer, tax officer, land and permit officer and chief administrative officer (CAO) of the police pension fund. Pat Frazier was reappointed as assistant land and permit officer.

Bard, who took over the gavel following his re-election, named members to the Street Committee and Light Committee. Street Committee members include Travis Bard, Pat Frazier, Rick Buterbaugh and Mack Shaffer. Light Committee members include Pat Booth, David Washabaugh, Jim Smith and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

Other appointments included Carlton Cook Walker as borough solicitor and Rick Buterbaugh as the borough’s local emergency management officer (EMA). Buterbaugh was also reappointed as the borough’s member on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Keller Engineers was also appointed as the borough’s engineer on an as-needed basis.

Other business

During other business, council revisited a Comcast television cable renewal contract. The terms of the contact are for 15 years with an automatic renewal of up to three five-year segments. Council had referred the contract to its solicitor, who approved it. Council voted to accept the contract with one “no” vote. Councilman Buterbaugh dissented saying he did not agree with the automatic renewal clause.

Also during other business, council turned down a request from an East Maple Street resident for a handicapped parking sign at his residence. It has been council’s practice to turn down requests in order to not set precedence.

Council also reviewed but took no action on a letter from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners advising that $10,000 in liquid fuel funds have been earmarked for the borough to pave North First Avenue and the western portion of East Spruce Street.

Borough Council members also held a lengthy discussion on weight limits for some of the borough’s streets. Fields was instructed to contact the county’s engineer and ask for his recommendation on weight limits on streets with bridges, specifically North Third and First streets.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved payment of bills in the amount of $7,989.45. Receipts for the same period were $7,803.69. Checks were written for $14,246.39, leaving a January 1 balance of $29,894.80.

Council members in attendance at the January meeting included

Travis Bard, David Washabaugh, Rick Buterbaugh, Mack Shaffer, Pat Frazier, Pat Booth and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

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