Council has proposed a $2.5 million budget that would hold the property tax rate at 6.75 mills and retain all other fees and levies.
Councilwoman Mary Weise, chairwoman of the finance committee, said collections for the earned income and municipal services taxes for 2012 are coming in above estimates.
• Police Chief Chad King said the department recently purchased four stun guns. Based on an analysis of the use-of-force reports from 2010, 2011 and 2012, he expects they will be needed about one to three times per year.
He said the department will continue to deploy pepper spray because the stun guns cannot penetrate heavy winter clothing.
Council President Nino Petrocelli Sr. said equipping officers with stun guns is "a good thing" because if they can save an officer from getting hurt in a use-of-force of incident, it will benefit the officers and save the borough money.
Larry Jones, a resident and Columbia Gas inspector, Columbia Gas and employees of Team Fischel, a contractor that works for Columbia Gas, were honored with a proclamation by council for their efforts in rescuing Payton Brown, 12, who was burned when he threw gasoline on a log he was burning in his backyard last month.
Payton is still hospitalized at UPMC Mercy with burns on 43 percent of his body, Mr. Brown said.
"My primary focus is on Payton. He has a lot of surgery and reconstruction to go through," Mr. Brown said. Payton is a student in Cornell School District.
The borough is accepting applicants for two vacancies on the planning commission, which makes recommendations on future land development, zoning changes and ordinances.
Commission members, who are unpaid, also make capital improvement program recommendations. The terms of office are for two and three years.
Applicants must be residents and should submit letters of interest and a resume to the manager by Feb. 1.
Information: manager Joe Kauer, 412-276-0363.
Commissioners voted Dec. 12 to table their decision until January on a proposed garbage fee. The most recent proposal was to charge $8 a month per household to help pave roads, purchase equipment and make other capital improvements.neigh_west