Factoryville Borough Council has established its leadership for 2020 while swearing in a new council member.
In a reorganization meeting on Monday, council reelected Charles Wrobel as its president, who was absent. Bill Edwards will once again serve as council vice president.
Charles Truitt was also sworn in to take over the council seat that formerly belonged to his son, David Truitt, who did not run for another term in the last election.
Current council members Daniel Engler and Gregg Yunko also took their oaths of office.
Council also appointed council member Sadie Rozenburg to the board for Creekside Park, Betty Carpenter to the planning commission and Girard Petula to the zoning hearing board.
In a regular meeting that followed, council passed a resolution establishing rental inspection fees under the rental inspection ordinance adopted last May.
The purpose of the ordinance was to ensure certain safety and sanitation standards for rental housing in the borough. The ordinance requires licenses for rental properties, as well as certain obligations for property owners, including inspections.
The fees outlined in the resolution included: license application (per rental property), $25; transfer of license, $25; provisional license, $0; inspection (per rental unit), $75; re-inspection fees (per rental unit), $75; reinstatement fees, $50; and appeal fees, $500.
Borough manager Mary Ellen Buckbee reminded council that the borough should make efforts to keep spending down until taxes start to come in.
She also noted that $35,000 is left over from last year’s liquid fuels funding to pay for salt and cinders. An estimated $38,000 of liquid fuels funding is also due to the borough by March 1.
“It was a good year, but I do want this year if at all possible to be a building year,” she said of the borough’s finances.
Buckbee also said that the Keystone Commons, a new business plaza set to open on the Keystone College campus in Factoryville, has been moving along.
In the buildings and grounds report, Yunko suggested looking into beginning the bid process for replacing the borough hall’s roof.
Factoryville Mayor Gary Evans brought up the possibility of the borough switching its recycling provider, though no decisions were made. Factoryville currently uses the Wyoming County Recycling Center in Tunkhannock Township.
Evans said while more expensive, County Waste accepts a wider variety of materials, and Clinton Township might consider sharing the costs.
Factoryville Borough Council is scheduled to meet again on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.