Denver adopts 2014 budget

By on January 8, 2014

Denver Mayor Adam Webber (left) welcomes new mayor, Rodney Redcay. Redcay was Denver Council vice-president in 2013 and a member of council prior to that. (Photo by Alice Hummer)

Denver Mayor Adam Webber (left) welcomes new mayor, Rodney Redcay. Redcay was Denver Council vice-president in 2013 and a member of council prior to that. (Photo by Alice Hummer)

Moves forward with street light privatization study

Denver Council on Dec. 30 adopted a $2.54 million, no tax increase budget, which is slightly less than the expenditures of $2.66 million incurred in 2013.

The 10 percent lower police coverage costs for 2014 as compared to 2013 helped to lower the 2014 budget.

Included in the budget is a professional services contract for municipal street light privatization with Suburban Lighting Consultants (SLC). It includes the main phase of the street light privatization project and authorizes SLC to conduct the system lighting analysis, the utility negotiations, the system inspections and any other negotiations required with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) concerning the project.

Budget costs include a little over $400,000 for street light capital purchases. This includes the “worst case scenario projected to purchase the system from PPL and install LED lights,” according to Borough Manager Mike Hession.

Benefits to the borough owning their street light system include annual savings of up to possibly $50,000 and improved lighting, visibility and safety for residents.

Fire company contributions from the borough will increase with council approval to set aside a portion of the real estate tax (.4 of a mill) for the Denver Volunteer Fire Company.

“One mill of tax equals approximately $185,000,” said Councilman and Finance Chair, Mike Gensemer, after the meeting.

“We’ve chosen to set aside a portion of our revenue for the fire company instead of enacting a separate fire tax,” said Walter Fink, Council President.

In late October, council proposed that $57,000 go into the fire company’s capital account in 2014 and $28,000 be designated for operating expenses.

This helps toward fulfilling a recommendation of the professional fire services study paid for by the borough.

In other business, council approved the preliminary/final land development plan for a proposed 9,976-square-foot addition to the Direct Wire and Cable’s current approximate 81,000-square-foot facility located at 412 Oak St., Denver.

Out-going Mayor Adam Webber and President Fink thanked council members for their service.

“I hope to stay connected to the borough and serve again in the future,” said Webber.

Fink will continue on council, and not run for president again.

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