June 20, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 25

Borough recycling program brings in 1,100 pounds in first week

Petersburg Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported to the Petersburg Borough Assembly at its regular meeting Monday evening on several topics including the trial commingled recycling program.

“This program is off to a great start,” Giesbrecht said. “Over 1,100 pounds of recycling was picked up by Petersburg Indian Association in the first week.”

The program is in the second week of a six week trial and it is already off to a good start.

According to Petersburg Borough Public Works Director Karl Hagerman, he is hoping to offset some of the costs for solid waste disposal by recycling more.

Giesbrecht also reported that the Petersburg Public Library will not be scheduling passport appointments or proctoring tests between Thursday, July 18 and Monday, Sept. 8.

“The library staff will be busy during this time moving into the new building and getting things ready for the opening,” Giesbrecht said. “The members of the library staff will also be attending the International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums during this period.”

This conference is a requirement for the Institute and Library Services Grant.

A revised salary range and compensation system for the Borough Department heads has been implemented.

“This included merit raises for the department heads along with the creation of specific salary ranges by position,” Giesbrecht stated. “For department heads to reach the maximum of the range will not be eligible for future increases without specific action by the Assembly in future budget years.”

He explained that the system relied upon comparing our department head job descriptions to a “market-basket” of other communities within this region and of similar size and scope of operations.

Giesbrecht reported that all invoices have been received from the Petersburg Police Chief recruiting and the Agner's retirement.

“The Assembly had approved an overall budget of $30,000,” he stated. “The Borough spent a total of $26,500 for the recruitment process and $500 for the retirement reception for Jim and Heidi Agner for a total of $27,000.”

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