HUGHESTOWN — The council bid farewell to several key officials and adopted its 2014 budget without any tax hikes during Monday night’s regular meeting.
Recognitions from the offices of state Sen. John Yudichak and state Rep. Mike Carroll were presented to Mayor Paul Hindmarsh in honor of his service for more than 30 years.
Hindmarsh, who resided in the borough since 1969, first served as crimewatch coordinator and council member before becoming mayor in 1989. He chose not to seek reelection in 2013, preferring to focus his time on his family.
He thanked his family for their support during his time with the borough and commended the current council for its work to get the borough out of debt.
The borough also honored 88-year-old Street Commissioner Leonard “Moonie” Cobb for his 28 years of service to the municipality and Police Chief Steve Golya for his 13 years as a full-time police officer.
In other matters, the council unanimously passed a $340,300 balanced budget that will keep the tax rate at its current 1.6326 mills. A mill is $1 tax for each $1,000 in assesses property value.
A Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Yaple Memorial Park on Center Stree. The ceremony will feature a dedication to Hughestown native Spc. Dale Kridlo, who was killed in action while fighting in Afghanistan in 2010.
Borough officials welcome patriotic themed ornaments to decorate the tree.
The Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 22 at the Hose Company Banquet Hall on Center Street, before the volunteers sweep the streets collecting canned goods to be donated to the Greater Pittston Food Pantry.
The regular montly meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13.