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NANTICOKE – Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to appoint current city employee Donna Wall as finance manager.

Wall will assume the finance duties from City Manager Pam Heard at an annual salary of $40,000.

"I believe in promoting from within," said Mayor Joseph Dougherty. "Donna has done a great job during her 17 years with the city, and I felt she was more than deserving of this promotion."

Council President Steve Duda said Wall's appointment would cost the city only about $5,000 in salary due to the internal promotion.

In other business :

• Council announced the city has been approved for a $38,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help purchase two new police vehicles. The money will defray 50 percent of the cost of new cruisers.

Council thanked U.S. Sen. Bob Casey for his assistance in securing approval for the federal money.

• Duda said the city is seeking a way to resolve the slow receipt of earned income tax due to the state's Act 32, which mandates a single collector in each county for the collection of the tax.

Many municipalities have complained of problems receiving revenues collected by Centax/Don Wilkinson Agency.

Heard said the city is requesting reimbursement of any fees and finance charges incurred through the tax anticipation note the city was forced to secure because of receipt problems.

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