Duryea Borough Council abolishes office of elected auditor, hires independent firm

By Nick Wagner - [email protected]

DURYEA — The Borough Council on Wednesday abolished the office of elected auditor and appointed an independent auditor to provide the borough with annual audits.

The firm Prociak & Associates was appointed as the independent auditor to complete the annual audit. Prociak & Associates is a Certified Public Accountant firm located in Wilkes-Barre.

Duryea resident Mary Russo currently holds the position of elected auditor, but Prociak & Associates will be taking over for the 2016 audit. Russo received an annual salary of $350. The estimate to have Prociak & Associates control the audits is between $4,800 and $5,800.

Russo won a six-year term in 2013 for the auditor position.

The council authorized Solicitor Sam Falcone to also amend ordinance 89-4, which is the Duryea Borough Pave Cut Ordinance. The amendment would add a clause which will update rules and regulations regarding the installation, inspection and permit fees associated with utility pave cuts on borough-owned streets.

The borough appointed the following part-time police officers for the month of March, to be used as necessary: Brian Russo, Matthew Fredmonski, Jared Beilman, Ruddy Navarro, Dave Homschek, Thomas Walsh, Jason Barry, Jeremy Jones, Brianne Dunne and Patrick Zippittelli.

In other business:

• Council accepted the resignation of Anissa Akulonis from the Duryea Recreation Board.

• The borough approved motions to put several vehicles up for sale. They are: 1999 Ford F550 Dump Truck with plow, bid price to start at $2,500; 1999 Ford F550 with plow, bid price to start at $2,000; 1990 GMC Top Kick Diesel Recycling Truck, bid price to start at $3,500; Custom built Centerville Trailer, bid price to start at $3,000.

• A resolution to support Senate Bill 535 and House Bill 71, enabling municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing equipment (radar) as the Pennsylvania State Police, was approved.

The next meeting of the Duryea Borough Council will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 12 at the borough building.

By Nick Wagner

[email protected]

Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick.

Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick.

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