HARVEYS LAKE — Council on Tuesday night passed the 2014 budget with no tax increase or garbage fee increase.
Council also unanimously voted to consolidate all of the borough’s PNC bank accounts that are able to be consolidated by law. This action came after the borough’s CPA, John Brokenshire, suggested the move, as PNC’s fees for the accounts were going to significantly increase in 2014.
Councilwoman Michell’e Boice said many banks are starting to charge a higher fee for municipal accounts due to the extra paperwork involved.
One account that will merge is the Harveys Lake Crime Watch account, which will be consolidated with the business money market account. The merged account will lower the associated fees, as the balance will move to a greater amount.
The Crime Watch Account will, however, maintain its own separate balance in the borough’s records.
Outgoing council members Fran Kopko and Boyd Barber received plaques of appreciation for their years of service to the council and the community. The plaques were presented by Solicitor Charles McCormick.
Councilman Larry Radel also received a plaque, but was not in attendance for the presentation.
In another matter, Jay Niskey, who owns shoreline property and a boathouse, said he is very concerned about the high water level and possibility of boathouse flooding. Niskey’s concern comes after the Moretti family, who owns a dam near the outlet of the lake, made repairs to the dam.
Niskey, along with several other residents, are saying the repairs have caused the raised dam to increase the water levels.
The state Department of Environmental Protection is now in charge of the situation, and has informed the Morettis that they need to take the dam back to its previous level.
The Morettis insist that they did not raise the dam, rather they only only repaired it, and are disputing the action.
Also, the Harveys Lake Homecoming Committee has officially been changed to the Harveys Lake Recreation Committee, effective immediately.
The borough’s re-organization meeting will be Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.
The next council meeting will be Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.