Mount Carmel community pool could be sold
MOUNT CARMEL - One last discussion about the borough community pool Monday night at a special council meeting has lead to the possibility of council members selling the property in 2014.
Before council approved a new "Appropriations Ordinance" that would require future budget transfers between departments to be approved by majority vote and signed off by the mayor, Councilman Leroy "Chico" Moser asked whether the Henry J. Honcz and Louise C. Honcz Memorial Pool would be closed for good if they pass it.
"It means we would have to take money from somewhere else. There is no money in the budget for the pool," Tony Matulewicz said.
Moser said he would have liked to give the pool one more year, but he understand the financial reasons of doing so.
But, he said, "Once it's closed, it's closed forever."
In order to help balance an $81,000 the 2014 budget, council members closed the pool Dec. 19, which saves the borough at least $13,000. It normally costs the borough between $20,000 and $30,000 to run the pool, but it brings in at least $7,000 in revenue.
Moser suggested they at least try to sell the pool and property for $100,000 so it doesn't just sit around going to waste, and Matulewicz said council will look into this in the new year.
Councilmen Robert Shirmer and Joseph Lapotsky made and seconded a motion to adopt the new ordinance, and it passed unanimously 7-0.
Funds for line items in a category can be transferred by borough manager Edward Cuff III without approval, but money transfers from one category to another and from one department to another will need additional approval.
For transferring from one category to the next within a department, Cuff or other department heads must have approval of the budget committee, which consists of Matulewicz and Lapotsky and a third member to be appointed next month. These will not be voted on, but they will be discussed at workshop meetings.
For transferring from one department to the next, the action must be advertised in an ordinance, approved at the next council meeting and signed off by incoming Mayor Philip "Bing" Cimino.
They also unanimously approved an ordinance to fix the tax rate at 32 1/4 mills imposed on borough property owners, which consists of 27 mills reserved for the general fund, 5 mills for street improvements, 0 mills reserved for street lights and 1/4-mill for the library.
Taxes have remained the same since 2007.