Tunkhannock Borough Council on Thursday night gave the thumbs up to a 2019 budget that will have no tax increase.
Property taxes in the borough will remain at 27.9 mills for 2019, same as the current year, when taxes did go up by three mills over the previous year.
The budget had been out for public inspection before Thursday’s approval and also includes one and a half mills earmarked for Triton Hose Company, while 1.9 mills will be used to pay for lighting.
Council President Bob Robinson and other council members thanked the Borough manager for her thoroughness in getting the coming year’s budget ironed out.
Borough council also approved on Thursday an ordinance on Snow Emergency Routes which mandates that if a snow in excess of three inches falls, residents on affected streets are only allowed to park on an odd or even side of the street which reflects the calendar date.
At the front end of the meeting Twigs owner Jerry Bogedin was present and said he was there to listen after there were some complaints about parking enforcement in downtown Tunkhannock.
Apparently 24 parking tickets were handed out during October.
Bogedin said the parking situation was a Catch 22 which affected not only business owners in town but also customers of his business at Twigs and when they tarry as did two groups last month he was afraid they might get the brunt of the enforcement.
Robinson appointed Scott Douthett, Ben Barziloski and Bogedin to a committee to come up with some recommendations, to which Borough Police Chief Keith Carpenter said he had some suggestions.
Robinson then appointed Chief Carpenter to the committee as well.
In the public comment period, resident Sue Barziloski asked about plans for UGI bringing gas into the borough and why she hadn’t received a call.
“Nobody’s knocked on my door yet,” Barziloski said. “What happens if nobody hooks up?”
Robinson said UGI Energy Services had a customer payment plan, but she would not be immediately eligible anyway.
“It’s a step-by-step thing and we don’t exactly know when it will start,” he said.
In his police report, Chief Carpenter said it was a safe Halloween night Wednesday with lots of people out having a good time and little in the way of mischief.
He said upcoming events included train rides on Nov. 24 and 25 at Riverside Park, and a Comedy Night on Dec. 8 fundraiser at Triton Hose Company. He later spoke to a Reindeer Run during Christmas In Our Hometown.
Chief Carpenter also expressed concerns about some of the bright lights in town, and during the planning and zoning discussion it was noted there would be a zoning hearing board hearing on Nov. 21 regarding a digital sign proposed to go up near Curry Donuts at the intersection of Tiger Drive and West Tiogaa Street.