New year, new council

Borough holds reorganization meeting, re-opens budget

LEWISTOWN — It is a new year with a new council in the Borough of Lewistown.

Monday night the Lewistown Borough Council held its reorganizational meeting. The reorganizational meeting happens every year following a municipal election. This year three new council members are Venus Shade, Dave Campbell and Mark Sievers, all of whom were elected in the fall replacing Matt Moore, Russ Rager and Larry Eddinger.

“Welcome to our new members and thank you for taking an interest in your community,” Mayor Deb Bargo said.

Bargo conducted the first part of the meeting until council nominated and elected a new president and vice president. During this time Larry Searer was nominated and elected as president while Bill Wilson was nominated and elected as vice president. In each case, Searer and Wilson were the only ones nominated, and the vote was unanimous. Council member Jim Felmlee was absent.

After the elections and a brief executive session to discuss personnel matters, council voted to re-open the 2018 budget.

Sievers said he wanted to have a special meeting to discuss the budget line by line so that he could get better understanding of certain items. Shade agreed with Sievers.

Even if a special meeting is held, the borough has until Feb. 15 to re-adopt the budget. Council member Frank Berrier suggested that the council should pick a date that would work with all of the deadlines and requirements for re-adopting the budget. Requirements included having it on display for residents to look at for 10 days prior to re-adoption.

During the discussion, council unanimously voted to re-open the budget and to also discuss it at the Jan. 8 meeting, with a special budget adoption meeting on Jan. 15.

Also during the meeting, Searer asked all members of council to look over board appointments and committee assignments. He wanted council members to decide what committees they would like to be on so appointments can be made at the next meeting.

The Lewistown Borough Council meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Lewistown Borough building.