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STAFF PHOTO/C.J. MARSHALL Meshoppen Mayor Bruce Marshall, center, administers the oath of office to several members of the borough council during its reorganization meeting. From left is Jack Vaow, John Bunnell, Marshall, and Bruce Priestner.

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.