EXETER — Borough Council voted during Tuesday’s meeting to move forward on voting for potential equipment purchases as a member of the West Side Council of Governments.
The West Side COG, a still-forming band of potentially 12 to 15 community governments cooperating to cost-effectively provide services, has been able to obtain $460,000 in state funding for the purchase of major pieces of equipment.
Any related expenses beyond $460,000 will be split among the involved communities in a manner yet to be determined.
Of the several items mentioned for possible purchase, Exeter officials identified their priorities as a vacuum truck used to clean storm sewers and drains, a vacuum street sweeper and a compost screener.
Several borough officials shared their concerns over possible insurance liability and employee contract restrictions when the municipal employees are doing work outside of the employing municipality.
The rules and bylaws of the COG are still being finalized. Exeter solicitor Ray Hassey shared his opinion that any conflicts would be worked out by the respective communities before any party enters into a formal agreement.
In other matters, council member Larry Dellegrotto stated that 2013 finances are looking, “pretty good so far.” He attributed a roughly $30,000 discrepancy in the numbers to awaited tax funding. All departments reviewed, he explained, are on their anticipated tracks.
Following a hotly contested budget crisis at the end of 2012, several council members pledged to regularly, proactively scrutinize the budget in order to avoid a replay at the end of this year.