Department heads report

18. července 2013 v 5:46 |  street light
At the halfway point of its fiscal year, the city collected a little over $6 million of the $8,681,000 revenue budgeted for 2013, Acting City Administrator Steve Hahn said. Expenses are tallied at $4,370,000, or "a bit over 50 percent" of budget estimates, Hahn said.

"There is some overtime and areas where (spending is) a little bit higher than 50 percent ... but it still looks good," Hahn said.

Officials are evaluating options for refinancing two bond issues worth a combined $12.5 million and want to capitalize on lower interest rates, Hahn said.

Hahn also pointed to savings the city realized by retrofitting the lighting system at City Hall and said the city could realize about $36,000 next year through other electrical-related agreements. Officials also plan to launch a "centralized purchasing program" this year.

The Community Development office will continue searching for grants that will expand existing housing rehabilitation programs undertaken with a Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant for completely remodeling homes near Hazleton General Hospital and a HOME grant for additional housing renovations, Acting Community Development Director Fallon Fermin reported.

Hazleton Public Transit created new bus routes to Humboldt Industrial Park that run from 5:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.The unique elegance of modern floor lamps and High Quality indoor solar lighting could certainly transform your home into a place of beauty.m., transit Director Ralph Sharp said. The department will unveil a system that relays information to customers on monitors and smartphones. A route to Mountain Top and the casino in Plains Township has been successful and has been made available six days per week, he reported.

City streets department crews finished city-wide street sweeping in early May and began weekly street sweeping on June 1. Potholes are a "big concern" of the department and crews have been working to maintain playgrounds, Foreman Frank Vito reported. The city cut costs by $50,000 since taking over street light maintenance two years ago and crews paved four blocks along Franklin Street. Crews are also working to maintain trees that are within the city rights-of-way, Vito said.

Airport Manager Steve Simchak said the city has applied for grants and reported that "business is starting to pick up" since the city entered a lease agreement for a hangar.

Officials will continue improving the facility with the goal of making it "self-sufficient," Simchak said.

Hahn reported that airport revenue totals $177,Welcome to Web. If you love it, please buy it!134 while expenses are tallied at about $196,553. The $9,000 deficit will be offset by revenue from lease and rental agreements that will become effective in August, Hahn said.

Dominic Yannuzzi, of Alfred Benesch - the city's engineering firm - said officials have been working to resolve funding issues with state officials over a robotic parking garage proposed for Laurel and Broad streets and for renovating the parking garage on South Wyoming Street.

Yannuzzi said his firm worked on the city's behalf to obtain equipment, remove trees and obstructions, manage the hangar and make improvements at the airport terminal.Finding China High Quality solar bulb for outdoor applications such as your patio, yard or porch can be a challenge. Benesch is also coordinating railroad crossing improvements along Mine Street, he said.

Hazleton firefighters responded to 455 incidents as of Tuesday, Chief Donald Leshko said. "Working house fires" accounted for about 20 calls, he said. Firefighters are working with Hazleton City Authority to flow test hydrants and crews are working to color code hydrants based on those results.

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