LAWRENCEVILLE — Borough council appointed Terry Gleason to the vacant seat on the council at the Nov. 4 meeting.
Councilwoman Anna Hotelling resigned in September, but the council was unable to act on the resignation until October due to a lack of quorum. Council also named Terri Davis to the position of vacancy board chairman and accepted the resignation of Amy Southard from the local planning commission and from Mike Harkenrider as code enforcement officer.
The council proposed the hire of Chris Fabian as sewer operator for the borough. The transition from the current licensed operator to Fabian, who is now licensed, could save the borough $10,000 annually. Fabian will be paid $21.50 per hour. His job description will be updated to include the additional work. The current licensed operator Pat Crowley will continue to oversee the operation of the community’s water facility.
Council discussed the recent slip lining project to reduce infiltration into the borough’s sewer. So far, effort has reduced the infiltration from 500,000 to 200,000 gallons daily and as low as less than 100,000 gallons. A savings was realized because a portion of the sewer that was to be replaced could be slip lined, reducing the overall project cost and allowing for additional sections of slip lining. The project will continue throughout the end of the year. It is unclear how much more sewer line will be lined however it is expected that the project will be centered in Ryon Circle.
Council entered into a one-year agreement with Lawrence Township to receive police coverage for $14,000 per year. The borough spent approximately $7,000 in 2019 for limited police services provided by a borough force. By entering into this agreement, the borough will not have the overhead associated with the department and will have extra police coverage. The agreement will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. Police will respond to calls in the borough and township.
Tom Rotsell, representing a family-owned business, told the council that, for 11 years, he had been attempting to assist the borough with what he perceived to be a source of infiltration in the parking lot of the business. Rotsell believed that the manhole in the parking lot was a source of infiltration into the sewer system.
He had been told that a riser would be added that would allow for the manhole to sit above the water level. The riser arrived and Rotsell was told he would have to pay for it. Rotsell is not interested in paying for what he perceived to be a borough problem. No decision was made at the meeting.
Due to unanswered questions about the bill from Guthrie & Co. for $9,600 the council did not approve the payment of the monthly bills. The bill from Guthrie was for audits for 2017 and 2018. The tentative approval ended with the lack of a second. The treasurer’s report also failed to be approved because further clarification is requested.
Lawrenceville borough council will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 2.