Council votes to table fire truck loan

LEWISTOWN – The Lewistown Borough Council voted to table discussion about the purchase of a new truck by Brooklyn Hose Co. during Monday evening’s council meeting.

As of July 1, Brooklyn Hose Co. entered in to a $650,000 loan agreement with the E-One, a fire truck manufacturer, for the purchase of a new truck. While Brooklyn already entered into the agreement, Station Captain Bill Morrison said they need borough council to sign-off on it.

“The paper we presented to the borough manager states that the borough is not entering into an agreement with E-One and that they are not responsible for our payments,” Morrison said. “He told us that it would need to be brought before council before anything could be signed.”

Vice President of Council Matt Moore and Councilmember Gregg O’Donnell said after the meeting that council has several questions that need to be answered before any paper is signed.

“Many of us were not even aware that this was actually moving forward until after we saw it in the paper,” O’Donnell said. “The last we knew is that they were thinking about it.”

Morrison said that if the borough were to not sign the paper, the loan agreement would not be accepted through E-One and they would be responsible for the $650,000.

“If council does not sign this paper, it could have serious ramifications for our station,” Morrison said.

During the meeting, council decided to send the information provided to both the finance committee and to the borough solicitor to decide what the final outcome will be in regards to the loan.

In other business, Borough Treasurer Dianna Walter gave a six month update on the different borough budgets.

“After the six month budget review we seem to be right on track with the budget,” Walter said. “We will now look at the budget monthly to ensure we stay on track.”

O’Donnell also said this will help when it comes time to make the budget for next year.

“I think reviewing this monthly now will help to reduce the amount of time we spend planning the 2015 budget,” O’Donnell said.

Also discussed at the meeting:

Upon recognition from the mayor, council voted to support Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1340 and House Bill 1272, which will enable municipal police to use radar speed detection. Mayor Deb Bargo said a letter will be sent to the local state representatives showing Lewistown Borough Council’s support of this legislation.

Council voted to appoint Patrick Shoop to the Police Advisory Board

The Lewistown Borough Council meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Lewistown Borough Municipal Building.