KINGSTON -- Most of the discussion at Monday's Kingston municipal council meeting centered on the 2012 implosion of the county's tax collector, Centax.
Municipal Administrator Paul Keating acknowledged Kingston will begin 2013 with a roughly $52,000 negative balance in its municipal general fund but sought to compare it to the money that it is still owed from the now defunct tax collector.
Keating estimated the municipality is still owed about $158,348 in combined local services, earned income, mercantile and real estate taxes.
When the $73,000 in earned income tax is adjusted for even slight wage inflation, that figure could grow to $220,348.
Keating said he expects to receive that money within the next several months and noted that Kingston is capable of maintaining its services and paying its employees until the owed funds are obtained.
Keating was pessimistic when Councilman Jack Schumacher asked when some final resolution of Centax debacle might be in sight.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. -- Township council on Monday voted to take out a tax anticipation note for $150,000 at 1.48 percent interest rate with Councilman John Jablowski Jr. abstaining from the vote.
Township Assistant Solicitor Samuel Sanguedolce said the note amount allows the township to operate while waiting for predicted 2013 tax revenue.
Also, council voted unanimously to authorize the creation of a new zoning map by Penn Eastern for $2,500 after Zoning Officer Tom Zedolik told the council that the township needed a new one because the current map was created in 2002.
He said there have been numerous changes in zoning over the past 10 years.
FAIRVIEW TWP. – A Mountain Top developer won conditional approval for his proposed subdivision ,Taylor Estates, at Monday night's supervisors' meeting.
The conditions state that Joe Thomas of Woodland Avenue must improve the turning radius at the corners of Woodland Avenue at either end where it meets Lee and Woodcrest avenues to accommodate a 45-foot school bus before any occupancy permits are issued for the 28 houses he proposed to build on extensions of Lee and Woodcrest.
Back in April when Thomas presented original plans, the supervisors said he was required to widen or to provide a traffic-flow solution for Woodcrest and Lee as more cars are bound to move down the narrow roads to reach the new houses.
Thomas and his lawyer challenged the township ordinance and found municipal planning codes, defined by state law, trump local ordinances and do not require the homebuilder to widen the right of way.
Responding to a resident's concerns about hazards if the streets were not widened, Supervisor and Roadmaster Russell Marhold said there is simply no getting around the planning codes.
Mike Iorio was voted board chairman at the reorganization meeting.
Supervisors will now meet at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month, with meetings that fall on a holiday to be held the next day.
B. Garret Rogan Susan Denney Jon O'Connell