HOMER CITY — Borough council elected Matt Black as president for 2014 during its reorganization meeting Monday.
Joseph Iezzi will remain vice president.
Council retained Michael Supinka, of Supinka and Supinka Attorneys, as borough solicitor and all borough employee positions were retained.
Borough council meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month and committee meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday on an as-needed basis.
During council’s regular meeting following reorganization, Mickey Nymick was named to another five-year term on the Water Authority.
In addition, council member Jennifer Jaworski, speaking on behalf of the Public Safety Committee, addressed concerns regarding council’s contributions to the purchase of a new police vehicle.
“Cal (the mayor, Ken Cecconi) said that any surplus that the borough has could be used to go toward the police car,” Jaworski said.
After deliberation, council agreed to pay the first year’s payment for the new police vehicle at an amount not to exceed $6,000.
A fully equipped vehicle for the force is about $32,000 after the radio system and decals are added to it. Police Chief Louis Sacco reported that a new mobile radio system for the vehicle would cost about $2,500.
After the borough pays the first year’s payment, the police department will need to leave 2015’s payments in its 2015 budget.
The borough is selling two of its current police vehicles, which will contribute to the down payment of the vehicle.
Sacco also reported that he applied for grants for an aggressive driving initiative for 2014, though he has not received a response yet.
Sacco said he’s “still continuing to look for grants for police cars,” but “hitting a brick wall.”
For 2015, he said, he’s also looking for Department of Justice grants to help replace bullet-proof vests.
Borough manager Rob Nymick reported that Christmas trees are still being collected by the Public Works department.
The council accepted a grant of $43,000 from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This grant will allow the addition of a pavilion, community gardens and flower beds at the boat launch, as well as for work to be done on the Hoodlebug Trail.
Nymick also reported that the council will be sending ordinances to its solicitor for review that address issues like the demolition of dangerous structures, overhanging trees on sidewalks, harboring of an animal nuisance, property maintenance, removal of snow from sidewalks and storage of junk.
The council is accepting letters from interested persons to fill a two-year council term.
The letters will be accepted until Monday, Jan. 20.