By Felicia A. Petro/Senior Reporter
Barkeyville adopted its budget on Jan. 8, which doesn't raise taxes and will include a facelift to the maintenance building and the zoning ordinance.
The borough has projected expenses at $132,860; revenues at $145,400, said Bill Coursen, council chairman. "We have about $30,000 more than the 2012 budget."
The property tax rate remains at 2.4 mills.
The borough budgeted $5,000 this year to hire planning consultant Rick Grossman to assistant the town's planning commission with updating Barkeyville's zoning ordinance.
"We were hoping to get a grant but it didn't pan out," Coursen said. Barkeyville and Pine Township applied together, but 18 months have passed with no response.
"I don't think it will come to fruition," Coursen said.
The zoning ordinance was passed in the 1990s and last updated in 1999. "It's the norm every five years that things should be looked at and kept current," Coursen said.
Barkeyville's ordinance has "language issues," he noted. "I'm not anticipating any changes to the zones. We're not looking for anything dramatic and I don't anticipate it taking that long -- probably less than a year."
At the borough building, "There's a number of small things we've just ignored and just decided to do this year," Coursen stated.
The front deck will be fixed and the restroom will be made handicapped accessible according to state standards. "We put in a grant there," he said.
The maintenance fund is budgeted at $25,000, which includes all building maintenance issues like fuel and electric, in addition to the upgrades.
Coverage in the borough by Polk police will cost about $5,000 more this year. "Last year it was at $25,000," Coursen said.
"The consensus on council is a police presence helps with traffic and speed in borough. A lot of crime is deterred by their presence. We feel we're getting a good value for our money. They do a good job."
A little more business has grown at Barkeyville Industrial Park, with Guru Trucking buying a piece of property there by Oil Region Alliance, Coursen said.
"There's not any construction yet," he said. The company is currently in Grove City.
A few years ago, the borough was divided over Hawbaker Asphalt building in the industrial park. Some believed Hawbaker was good for business; others felt it could compromise the environment. Legal action was filed by the opposition, including Coursen.
Today, "There is little or no dissension in the community. Everybody seems to be satisfied with what's going on in the borough. Collectively we're working together pretty well," Coursen said.
The past year was "a really very calm year," he noted. "We did well on our incoming and outgoing and expect the same thing for 2013."
The seven council members meet at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. The borough building keeps hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays. For more information, call 814-786-7280.
Published Jan. 16, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.