Things remained unchanged during the reorganization meeting of the Mehoopany Borough Council, held on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
The council voted to reappoint John Bunnell as president and Jack Vaow vice-president for 2018. No other candidates were put forth during the reorganization.
Council also voted to reappoint Phyllis Adams as secretary-treasurer for Meshoppen Borough, and Mary Lee Goodwin as the local tax collector. Goodwin was appointed to fill a vacancy, because no one ran for the position in the last election.
Bunnell, Vaow, and Bruce Priestner all renewed their oaths of office before Meshoppen Mayor Bruce Marshall, following their re-election to council in November.
On the recommendation by borough solicitor Jonathan Foster, council voted to inform the insurance company handling a lawsuit involving several local municipalities that it wants to be represented by a different attorney in the case.
The incident occurred on Nov. 7, 2012, when several local police officers - including Meshoppen Police Chief John Krieg - responded to an incident in Lake Winola.
In a letter to council, Foster explained that he believes attorney Mike Zicelello would not represent Meshoppen’s best interests in the case, and asked that the insurance company assign a different attorney to the borough.
Council also voted to hire Lochen and Chase as auditors for the borough for 2018. Bunnell said Lochen and Chase initially wanted $15,000, but after being informed the borough was seeking bids from other companies, it quickly dropped its price to $13,000, Bunnell explained. The only other firm which submitted a bid was Snyder and Clemente, which was also for $13,000.
Bunnell reported the borough will be paying an additional $200 per month for insurance for Krieg. The reason, Bunnell explained, is because the chief recently turned 50, placing him in another category.
Council acknowledged a letter from Lisa Hahn of the Wyoming County Housing Authority, informing the borough that it has received an additional $14,000 toward the cost of demolishing an old building located adjacent to the public library. The money was obtained from funds left over from a 2013 Community Development Block Grant.
Hawbaker Engineering informed the council via a letter, that it has made two applications to withdraw water from two different sources in the borough. The first is Meshoppen Creek and the second is a well located along state Route 267.
Krieg informed council that while he was out on patrol on Friday, Dec. 28, the police cruiser struck a deer which jumped in front of the vehicle.
Bunnell later reported that the cruiser sustained minor damage to the front fender, and is still operational.