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City Council To Hold Preliminary Vote On 2019 Budget Plan

November 20, 2018
City Council To Hold Preliminary Vote On 2019 Budget Plan

WILKES-BARRE — A preliminary vote on Mayor Tony George’s 2019 city budget proposal and renaming a city park to honor a deceased GAR football player, coach and philanthropist Brian Grohowski headline tonight’s council agendas. Council will conduct a work session at 6 p.m., followed immediately by a voting meeting that was moved up because of Thanksgiving. Prior to council voting, the public will have the opportunity to comment on the $50.4 million balanced budget, which represents a nearly $1 million increase in spending over this year’s budget. The spending plan holds the line on taxes but includes a $10 increase in the annual recycling fee. Financial challenges George identified during his budget address in October include a 7.5 percent increase in healthcare costs, a 3 percent increase in police salaries and a $140,000 increase in tipping fees for recycled materials. Council will vote a final time on the budget Dec. 6. Among other agenda items is a resolution to change the name of Mayflower Park to Brian Grohowski Memorial Park. Grohowski, who died Oct. 8 at age 62, was a standout football player at GAR High School. He helped found the Jarad Grohowski Foundation in 2003 in honor of his son, who also played football at GAR and died in 2002. The foundation raised money to send GAR football players to football camp and awarded two student athletes $1,000 scholarships to further their education in college. Grohowski later coached high school football at Crestwood, and then at his alma mater from 2006 until 2012. In other business, council will consider authorizing: • The award of a demolition contract to the lowest responsible bidder for three single-family homes at 37, 46 and 48 Murray St. • Installation of a sign for PA Cyber at 40 E. Northampton St. • City officials to finalize documents for street paving and neighborhood parks projects. • Temporary suspension of the ordinance relating to public consumption of alcoholic beverages for the Old Fashioned Holiday Market on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 on Public Square. Contact the writer: smocarsky@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2110, @MocarskyCV

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