LEWISTOWN - A motion to reopen the 2012 budget by Lewistown Borough Councilman Larry Searer was defeated by a 5-2 vote Monday evening during the council's regular meeting.
The $2.6 million budget, voted on Dec. 29, stands. Councilman John Adams seconded the motion.
Adams and Searer also voted against the authorization to prepare the tax ordinance.
Lewistown Police Department Chief William Herkert, left, presents ‘Daisy’ with a ‘recognition’ bone Monday at the Lewistown Borough Council meeting for assistance
provided during an attempted robbery in November. Dale Wilburne, seated at right, who was walking the dog that night was presented a
certificate of appreciation.
Sentinel photo by MONIQUE DREW
"There's no reason for a 2-mill hike in taxes," Searer said.
The authorization was still approved with a 5-2 roll-call vote.
During his report, Lewistown Police Chief William Herkert recognized local citizen, Dale Wilburne and a poodle, "Daisy," for their assistance provided to the Lewistown Police Department at the scene of an attempted robbery in November 2011. Daisy is owned by Wilburne's 6-year-old granddaughter Adeline Wilburne.
Herkert presented Wilburne and Daisy with certificates of appreciation. Herkert presented Daisy with a "recognition" bone, as well, a reward he thought she could better understand.
In other business the council:
* awarded a one-year contract with Champion Energy for the purchases of elecricity for 2012;
* authorized staff to proceed with bidding of the Victory Park interceptor sewer rehabililation project after Borough Manager David Frey reviewed the draft proposal;
* appointed Steven Marinas to a vacancy on the rec board;
* appointed Linda Mohler to a vacancy on the Mifflin County Library Board;
* approved the minutes for the end-of-year council meeting held Dec. 29;
* accepted financial report;
* accepted tax collector report;
* accepted parking violations/police citations/fine reports;
* paid bills;
* approved staff incentive time request for December 2011;
* approved parking space reservations for First United Methodist Church on Feb. 27, March 12, 13, 14, for annual event.
* directed applications for parking spaces for the handicapped to be reviewed by street committee.