Borough of Colwyn Borough of Colwyn

2015 COLWYN BOROUGH OPERATING BUDGET – REDUCES TAXES for 2015!

On December 11, 2014, Colwyn Borough adopted the 2015 Colwyn Borough Operating Budget.  This budget REDUCES taxes by 2 mils.  The current tax rate is 26.6 mils.  The tax rate for 2015 will be 24.6 mils which reduces taxes an average of $90.00.  It’s not a lot, but it’s a start.

Please click on the link below to read the 2015 Budget.  It has an explanation with a chart graph as well as the budget figures.

 

2015 Final Adopted General Fund Budget

 

 

COLWYN BOROUGH REDUCES TAXES BY 7.5%!!!!!

The Preliminary 2015  Budget for Colwyn Borough is ready for advertisement.  Copies are available at the Borough Hall and can be downloaded here:

2015 Preliminary_General_Fund_Budget_-_Colwyn_Advertised

Colwyn residents can breathe a little easier in 2015 as the Preliminary Budget reflects a 7.5% DECREASE in borough taxes which cuts the millage to 24.2.  This should amount to approximately $100.00 per household.  Please view the Preliminary Budget.

Four bills from 2012 and 2013 were not paid. This has contributed to a major deficit that must be rectified:   

Darby Creek Joint Authority – (our Sewer Rent bill that residents pay with the tax bill) $313,000.00

State Allocated Liquid Fuels Funding – $81,000.00

Police Pension Fund – $120,389.00

Non-Uniform Pension Fund – $49,540.00

TOTAL UNPAID:  $565,929.00

The New Administration is trying to catch up on these bills plus additional bills that have been unpaid for over a year.  Please view the Audits below:

The Department of the Auditor General performed an AUDIT of the Police Pension Plan and the Non-Uniform Pension Plan (Borough employees) for the years 2010-2012.  The Auditor General sent a report of the findings of the Audit on June 27, 2014.

This information must be available for examination by all interested citizens as well as members of the pension plans. The contents of these audit reports may be released to the appropriate news media to make a full disclosure to the taxpayers of the manner in which public funds of the Commonwealth are being spent. The Audits for BOTH plans are listed below.

POLICE DEPARTMENT PENSION PLAN:

AUDIT – POLICE PENSION FUND – Colwyn must pay over $120,389.00 BACK to the Police Pension Fund as the prior administration did NOT pay into the fund as they are mandated to for the years 2010-2012.

The State Auditor General performed an AUDIT and found serveral discrepancies where Officials did not deposit State Aid into the Pension Fund and did not make the mandatory contributions that police officers made, or the borough’s portion that was supposed to be put into the fund.

This leaves an UNFUNDED burden on the taxpayers as we must pay $120,389.00 PLUS interest.  You can download and read the full report here:  Police Pension Plan Audit – 2010 to 2012

 

The NON-Uniformed Pension Plan is also in distress.  Colwyn Borough must pay $49,540.00 PLUS interest into the Non-Uniformed Pension Plan as the previous administration did NOT contribute into the plan as it is mandated nor did it take employee contributions from their paychecks and deposit into the fund.  Like the Police Pension Fund, the State Aid checks Colwyn receives from the State, were NOT deposited into the fund as they should have been.  The money was spent elsewhere….The NON-Uniformed Pension Fund Audit can be downloaded and read here:  Non Uniformed Pension Plan Audit 2010-2012

AUDIT – Highway Aid – Colwyn must pay $81,420.30 back to the State of PA because monies were not spent appropriately from 2010 to 2012 for Highway Aid.

 

Every year, the State of Pennsylvania allots monies to municipalities to help them fix their streets and maintain the highways.  The money the State of Pennsylvania gives to boroughs can ONLY be used for allowable expenses under the program.  When money is alloted, boroughs MUST keep good records of how they spent the money.  Sometimes AUDITS occur so the state can ensure the money was spent properly.

The State of Pennsylvania gives Colwyn Borough approximately $40,000.00 per year to maintain its roads etc.  Last year, the State conducted an audit for the years 2010 to 2012 in Colwyn Borough.  The results of the Audit can be seen on the link below.  Unfortunately, the previous administration did not use the money appropriately under the guidelines of the Liquid Fuel program.  Because of this, we are now obligated to pay the State of Pennsylvania back over $81,000.00.

You can view the full report on the link listed below titled “Examination Report”.

Examination_Report

You can view the notification letter we just received that indicates we must pay the state back $81,420.30.

Liquid_Fuels_Audit_letter_2010-2012

 

 

 

AUDIT – 2011

Colwyn Borough has not had an audit in four (4) years.  Auditors have just finished the 2011 Audit as we have supplied as much financial information as possible to conclude the audit so we can be in compliance.

To review the Letter to Council from the Auditor concerning the 2011 Audit please click here:

  letter_to_council_with_financial_report_2011 – highlighted

To review the 2011 Municipal Audit please click here:

Municipal_Annual_Financial_Report-2011

To review spending by the previous administration in 2011 under former Council President Tonette Pray – please review these documents.

They are not redacted as these bank accounts and/or debit cards no longer exist.  The new 2014 administration quickly closed all bank accounts for Colwyn Borough  at Beneficial Bank and cancelled all debit cards as well.

  There are unexplained cash withdrawals from ATM machines at the 7-11 in Darby as well as other ATM machines throughout the City of Philadelphia.

There are also expenses made for restaurants, shoe stores, clothing stores, hair salons, food stores and other un-explained expenses.

Please review these documents carefully as this is how your tax money was spent in 2011.

Beneficial_Expense_Acct_2011 – Entire year

Beneficial_Expense_Acct_Dec_2010

Listed below is the Exceptions Report for 2011

Beneficial_Expense_Account_Items_not_Recorded_2011_&_Chart_of_Accounts_revised_per_Martha_-_sorted_by_expense_account_-_exceptions_report

 

 

BILLS

Listed below are the outstanding bills of 2013.  We have been trying to make a dent in paying off these bills.  Slowly but surely….

 

DATE VENDOR DESCRIPTION AMOUNT
Administrative   Bills 2013
3/5/2014 Delaware County Solid   Waste Dumping Fee – has not   been in 9 months $14,683.43
4/8/2013 PSAB Patricia   Williams – classes for Legal Hiring, Open Records and Public Works Supervison $130.00
4/22/2013 PSAB Martha   Vanauken  – classes for Documenting   Discipline, Conducting Performance Evaluations $80.00
12/31/2013 PSAB Tonette   Pray – Understanding the Sunshine Act $40.00
1/1/2014 Arthur J. Gallagher McDonald Ford Bond $197.00
1/1/201 Eckert Seamans   Attorneys Arbitrators $1,450.00
3/9/2013 Michael O’Doherty 2011 Audit $16,922.00
10/11/2013 Beneficial Bank Visa Non compliance   fee $63.83
11/1/2013 Beneficial Bank Visa Non compliance   fee $55.90
12/31/2013 Beneficial Bank Visa Non compliance   fee $53.90
1/1/2014 Public Drug John Cizmarik –   health debit card not paid 2013 $1,048.19
12/31/2013 Department of Auditor   General Overpayment form 2012   for Non-Uniformed employee pension $3,235.00
12/31/2013 Non Uniformed MMO Unpaid MMO balance   from 2012 $13,581.00
12/31/2013 Non Uniformed MMO Unpaid MMO balance   from 2013 $13,578.00
12/31/2013 Uniformed MMO Unpaid MMO balance   from 2012 $49,532.00
12/31/2013 Uniformed MMO Unpaid MMO balance   from 2013 $48,476.00
12/31/2013 Uniformed MMO 2012 State Aid   Allocation – never deposited $10,728.00
3/13/2014 Comcast Television – Borough   Hall $25.50
12/31/2013 Batch Out Credit Card Merchant   Statement $26.10
11/1/2011 Martha Vanauken Unauthorized Loan to   Colwyn Borough $15,000.00
12/31/2013 Safeguard Business   Systems checks $126.08
12/31/2013 Delaware County Daily   Times Public Notice –   Tonette Pray $26.68
12/31/2013 Delaware County Daily   Times Public Notice –   Tonette Pray $54.65
12/19/2013 Delaware County Daily   Times Public Notice –   Tonette Pray $59.67
12/18/2013 Delaware County Daily   Times Public Notice –   Tonette Pray $127.60
12/23/2013 Signarama Sign ordered by   Tonette Pray $92.00
12/31/2013 Collingdale Press Nameplate for Tonette   Pray $25.00
8/25/2013 Quill.com stationary $106.08
7/1/2013 General Code Annual maintenance   for Ecode 360 $1,195.00
5/13/2013 Burton Neil &   Assoc Law Offices Fireman’s Fund   Insurance overdue bill $2,500.00
3/14/2013 Supply Processing   Center Copystar Toner $619.00
12/31/2013 Unemployment   Compensation UEC for Rochelle   Bilal and B H Young $30,171.40
Municipal   Service Bills
12/31/2013 Commonwealth Code Balance of 2013 $7,974.70
3/10/2014 A to U Services Bills   from 2013 – 2nd & Pine Sewer video; Re-secure 204 Walnut St; Road Plate   installed $7,547.00
11/15/2013 A to U Services Sink   Hole – 3rd & Chestnut; $1,480.00
2/28/2014 Suburban Waste Bills from 2013 $45,316.00
12/17/2013 Grainger Highway $33.36
2/28/2014 Darby Creek Joint   Authority 2011,2012 &2013 $313,953.63
12/31/2013 Oliver Heating Invoice Balance $292.60
12/31/2013 Chester Ridley Crum   Watersheds Assoc. MS4 years 11 & 12   outreach $275.00
9/6/2013 Precision Sewer   Services 2nd & Pine – Jet   manhole – extremely greasy $500.00
9/10/2013 Rick’s Tree Service 4th and Colwyn Ave –   cut stump – remove log $700.00
Liquid Fuels   Bills
2/28/2014 Lenni Electric Street light   maintenance bills from 2013  not pd   since May 2013 $752.00
4/1/2014 PECO Street light bills   from 2013 $6,799.00
12/9/2013 Oceanport Salt from 2013 24   tons $1,560.00
1/21/2014 Oceanport Salt from 2014 23.25   tons $1,511.25
2/27/2014 Grainger Belt to fix plow $30.46
2/14/2014 Lenni Electric February   maintenance $94.00
2/5/2014 Oceanport 20.36 tons salt $1,282.68
1/24/2014 A Gargiule & Sons salt delivery $300.00
2/7/2014 A Gargiule & Sons salt delivery $300.00
1/15/2014 Lenni Electric January maintenance $94.00
Police Bills
12/13/2014 Eckert Seamans Police arbitrator   bills for 2013 $3,453.40
1/1/2014 Advance Auto parts for police cars   2013 $545.44
1/8/2014 Bryan Hills gas out of pocket for   police car $40.00
1/8/2014 Ofc Moldavskiy gas out of pocket for   police car $40.00
2/1/2014 Eckert Seamans Act 111 – 2010 $435.00
10/11/2013 ARD Uniforms 2013 bills $1,726.80
9/7/2013 Out In Front   Performance police car auto   repair bills 2013 $1,363.50
11/5/2013 LT Dructor paid for Advance Auto   battery for police car $111.86
2/21/2014 PECO back bills 2013 $1,141.11
2/1/2014 RCN monthly payment $201.00
2/1/2014 Metro Alert Police Department   Software $2,476.00
4/1/2014 Independence Blue   Cross Olanoff and Garrity   Insurance $1,734.00
3/1/2014 Independence Blue   Cross Overdue insurance $25,991.50
10/25/2013 Prime Network Medical   examination demanded by Tonette Pray for Bryan Hills who did not go to the   appointment – Borough was charged a balance of $200.00 $200.00
5/20/2013 Trevor Parham Amount   set by former Solicitor Crystal Powell to be paid to Parham $7,954.00
10/1/2012 Philadelphia Police   Dept Legal updates $59.40
5/1/2013 Harrison Group Flexible Spending   Accts – unpaid premiums from 2013 $880.00
3/31/2013 City of Philadelphia Wage tax not   paid $824.24
1/1/2010 Eckert Seamans Arbitrator’s Award –   Invoice $1,450.00
10/31/2013 Lightening Locksmith Pick open the   Evidence Room and offices $108.86
8/27/2013 Staples Wanda Smith – police   department supplies $64.33
12/31/2013 Eckert Seamans Account Balance –   legal services for Arbitration $3,453.40
7/1/2013 Animal Protection   Board Balance owed from   animal intake $750.00
11/13/2013 Advance Auto Balance owed from   2013 $532.45
TOTAL

$670,340.98

2014 Bills to be paid:

Administrative
2/11/2014 Pinnie Law Offices Court Prep, Answer, Hearing – defense   for Lesher, Brundage & Meuser $8,000.00
4/7/2014 Aqua Borough Hall water   bill $105.25
4/1/2014 Staples supplies – label   tape, staples, safety vests $101.09
4/1/2014 Staples supplies – manuscript   covers, pads, envelopes $58.96
4/1/2014 Staples supplies – Planners,   calendars, $32.49
4/4/2014 Staples supplies – folders,   file boxes, receipt book $291.56
4/25/2014 Leaf Copier system $415.22
4/24/2014 Collingdale Press Identification Cards $65.00
4/24/2014 Collingdale Press Name Plates 6 $172.50
4/29/2014 Commonwealth of PA Past Due Fire Truck   Payment $4,015.50
4/15/2014 Delaware County Daily   Times Public Notice – P.   Brown – rescheduled meeting $56.89
4/9/2014 Jesse Brundage Mileage &   Expenses -  PSAB Conference – 386 miles $231.32
4/4/2014 PSAB Borough Code for new   members $160.00
4/4/2014 Gallagher Basset   Services Inc. Accident – snow plow   – deductible $500.00
4/10/2014 Comcast Cable TV – Borough   Hall $52.60
4/3/2014 Radac Sales   Corporation Fix Sump Pump and   Rain Spout – Borough Hall $389.55
4/1/2014 Wayne Radio & TV   Service Fix sound system for   Borough Hall $35.00
4/10/2014 Cook’s Exterminating Exterminate Borough   Hall $30.00
4/11/2014 Arthur J. Gallagher   Risk Management Serv Tax Collector Bond $974.00
3/31/2014 Delaware County   Treasurer Tax Bills $508.90
3/27/2014 Pitney Bowes red ink for Stamp   machine $49.52
4/13/2014 Pitney Bowes Leasing fee $670.00
3/29/2014 Patricia Williams Business Card fee $11.25
3/31/2014 Portnoff Law   Associates tax collection for   delinquent sewer and real estate – 125 notices $5,686.06
Municipal   Services
4/16/2014 Aqua Fire Hydrant Rental –   20 hydrants – $75.75 @ $1,515.00
3/28/2014 General Sewer Service 106 S. 3rd Street –   Mini Inspection – pipes $495.00
3/12/2014 A to U Services Inc. Property Abatement –   Board and Re-Secure 106 S. 3rd Street $750.00
2/27/2014 Grainger Belt – Highway Dept $30.46
3/30/2014 Grainger Highway parts $34.36
4/2/2014 Delco Solid Waste Balance from 2013 to   present $16,388.05
4/16/2014 Suburban Waste Trash fee $7,553.00
3/31/2014 Catania Engineering March Bill - $2,554.19
Police
3/26/2014 Lexis Nexis Crimes Code updates $98.58
3/13/2014 PECO old bill – police   station $1,126.38
4/9/2014 Steve McGonigle Auto   Repair 2008 Ford Crown Vic –   brakes, dash, fuel pump, re-program, tune up $1,802.85
2/9/2014 PO Moldaviskiy out of pocket – gas $40.00
2/9/2014 Chief Hills out of pocket – gas $40.00
4/7/2014 RCN Phone – internet –   Cable  – police station $213.21
3/26/2014 AXA Equitable Chief Garrity – Life   Insurance $1,899.35
4/28/2014 Sgt. Barry Olanoff Out of pocket   expenses paid due to Flex Spending card denial $409.17
4/28/2014 Sgt. Barry Olanoff Medicare B $179.30
4/1/2014 Metro Alert Police Station Annual   Licensing and Maintenance $1,026.00
4/8/2014 Sharon Hill Police   Department Housed 2 prisoners –   15 hours $254.03
4/1/2014 Blue Cross-Blue   Shield Garrity and Olanoff   premiums $1,734.00
4/1/2014 Blue Cross-Blue   Shield Cizmarik and Hazelton   premiums $2,824.81
4/1/2014 Blue Cross-Blue   Shield Garrity and Olanoff –   Part D $1,366.00
4/1/2014 Brian Razzi Health Inspections –   106 S. 3rd Street $100.00
Liquid Fuels
5/15/2013 Lenni Electric   Corporation Street Light   Maintenance $1,128.00
4/7/2014 PECO Street Lights $6,799.00
3/6/2014 Oceanport 23.25 tons salt $1,511.25
3/6/2014 Oceanport 24 tons salt $1,560.00
2/4/2014 Oceanport 19.75 tons salt $1,282.68
1/24/2014 A. Gargiule &   Sons pick up salt $300.00
1/24/2014 A. Gargiule &   Sons pick up salt $300.00
2/4/2014 A. Gargiule &   Sons pick up salt $300.00
$78,227.33

 

Bills that we have managed to pay so far…….

PAID BILL   LIST
DATE VENDOR DESCRIPTION AMOUNT
1/31/2014 Aqua Water Service – 217   Spruce $225.00
2/12/2014 Pickett’s Auto Gasoline – police and   highway $1,150.94
2/26/2014 DLX for Business Checks for General   Fund Account $124.42
2/28/2014 Blue Cross Blue   Shield To pay back premiums   under court order for retired officers $25,571.19
2/28/2014 Arthur J. Gallagher   Insurance broker To pay overdue   premiums for WC, Liability, Police etc. $60,501.13
2/28/2014 Colwyn Boro Fire   Company Annual Fire relief   check  that was not cashed and found in   office trash $11,554.77
3/4/2014 Pickett’s Auto Gasoline – police and   highway $1,437.68
3/7/2014 Aqua Fire Hydrant Service   – 10 day shut off notice $1,515.00
3/7/2014 RCN Police Station $106.63
3/5/2014 RCN Borough Hall – past   due $436.67
3/7/2014 PECO Street Lights – past   due including late payment fee of $188.94!!! $5,698.24
3/7/2014 PECO Police Station $1,141.11
3/7/2014 Suburban Waste Trash Fee – paid 1   month only $7,553.00
1/24/2014 ADP Processing Charge   1-19-14 $130.89
1/31/2014 ADP Processing Charge   1-31-14 $142.70
2/28/2014 ADP Processing Charge   2-21-14 401 K service $240.00
4/21/2014 Pickett’s Auto Gasoline – police and   highway $80.00
4/21/2014 Pickett’s Auto Gasoline – police and   highway $752.98
4/5/2013 Sgt. James Hazelton Healthcare   Reimbursement – court ordered $2,198.56
3/27/2014 Chief William Garrity Healthcare   Reimbursement – court ordered $2,378.36
3/27/2014 Sgt. Barry Olanoff Healthcare   Reimbursement – court ordered $4,264.86
3/27/2014 Chief Bryan Hills Healthcare   Reimbursement – court ordered $3,799.69
4/7/2014 Penn Stater Hotel Borough’s Annual   Conference – Vanauken, Williams and Brundage/Pray – noshow $1,419.24
4/7/2014 PSAB Borough’s Annual   Conference Fee – for 4 persons $1,000.00
4/1/2014 John McBlain Esq. February Bill $6,920
1/7/2014 Fred Lesher Reimburse for   McCausland Lock Service $513.40
4/1/2014 DCAB Ad for Borough’s   Banquet $100.00
4/1/2014 United Concordia Dental Insurance –   Cizmarik, Garrity, Olanoff, Hazelton $298.00
4/1/2014 United Concordia Dental Insurance –   Cizmarik, Garrity, Olanoff, Hazelton $846.75
4/1/2014 United Concordia Dental Insurance –   Cizmarik, Garrity, Olanoff, Hazelton – retroactive - $7,723.00
4/1/2014 Catania Engineering February Bill $1,358.25
4/1/2014 Harvey’s Lock Ticket Box – remove   and reinstall $184.90
4/1/2014 Harvey’s Lock Sign Box – remove and   reinstall $144.95
2/12/2014 Oliver Heating Repair boiler – no   heat in Boro Hall $506.25
3/19/2014 Metro Alert License Fee for 2nd   user $1,500.00
1/15/2014 T. Frank McCall’s Cleaning Supplies $513.69
1/15/2014 Pickett’s Auto Gasoline – police and   highway $445.04
2/18/2014 Arthur J. Gallagher   Insurance broker LEO Installment $2,483.91
2/18/2014 Arthur J. Gallagher   Insurance broker Auto Installment $3,850.94
2/18/2014 Arthur J. Gallagher   Insurance broker PKG Installment $4,997.08
2/18/2014 Arthur J. Gallagher   Insurance broker POL Installment $8,648.36
2/18/2014 Arthur J. Gallagher   Insurance broker H&L Installment $1,028.50
2/18/2014 Arthur J. Gallagher   Insurance broker WC Installment $12,721.25
2/18/2014 Hoff Communications Website $262.50
3/18/2014 Pitney Bowes stamp machine - $409.39
3/18/2014 Daily Times Notice of Publication   January, Feb and March $635.82
3/10/2014 Pickett’s Auto Gasoline – police and   highway $639.93
3/10/2014 Pickett’s Auto Gasoline – police and   highway $190.53
2/14/2014 Harvey’s Lock change locks in   police station $602.20
2/14/2014 Harvey’s Lock change locks in   borough hall $2,000.00
3/20/2014 Dan Rutland out of pocket   supplies $389.48
2/23/2014 Leaf Copier $851.34
3/1/2014 PSAB Training and dues $850.00
3/6/2014 Cook’s Exterminating extermination – boro   hall $150.00
3/6/2014 Telvue Corporation monthly fee for TV   station $3,000.00
3/4/2014 Sharon Hill   Borough House 1 prisoner for   8.5 hours $143.95
1/8/2014 Steve McGonigle Auto   Repair 04 Chevy Impala –   brakes, tires, etc. $941.63
1/22/2014 Copy Products 81,000 copies –   monthly bill $1,461.10
2/4/2014 General Sewer Apple and Walnut   Street Jet Vac $800.00
2/4/2014 General Sewer 2nd Street $800.00
2/4/2014 General Sewer 2nd & Pine, 3rd   and Pine – Jet Vac $1,600.00
1/8/2014 Wayne Radio & TV repair portables $1,730.00
10/19/2013 Collingdale Press Tow Signs $133.77
7/1/2013 General Code Annual Maintenance $1,195.00
3/23/2014 C. Williamson Tax Collector   software $765.00
3/27/2014 Pickett’s Auto Gasoline – police and   highway $912.50
3/31/2014 Bryan Hills Longevity owed – 4   years $7,172.00
3/12/2014 Steve McGonigle Auto   Repair 03 Ford Explorer –   heater valve  – switch $425.56
1/24/2014 PECO Shutoff notice –   police station $1,141.11
2/7/2014 RCN Police Station $438.30
1/31/2014 Bryan Hills Back medical   reimbursements $455.27
11/30/2013 Bryan Hills Back medical   reimbursements $599.97
4/10/2014 Pickett’s Auto Gasoline – police and   highway $849.08
4/1/2014 PECO Police Station $479.21
3/28/2014 ADP 401K Service $240.00
4/1/2014 PECO Street Lights – past   due $2,288.52
4/1/2014 PECO Police Station $479.21
4/1/2014 PECO Borough Hall – past   due – not paid since JUNE 2013!!!! $10,998.28
4/1/2014 PECO Garages – last   payment JUNE 2013 $422.14
4/1/2014 AQUA Borough Hall $82.54
4/1/2014 Aqua Police Station $74.65
4/1/2014 Aqua Colwyn Comets Field   House $174.00
4/3/2014 US Municipal Handicapped Signs $185.40
4/1/2014 RCN Borough Hall $436.94
3/29/2013 JMC Contractors 3rd & Chestnut –   Road Plate 209 days rental $5,485.00
9/25/2013 JMC Contractors 2nd & Pine –   replace manhole frame $800.00
12/5/2013 JMC Contractors Plate Rental – 23   days $575.00
2/27/2014 Precision Collision plow repair $150.00
$242,623.65

 

 

 

 

 

Budget

Special Council Meeting

January 30, 2014
to adopt the Preliminary Amended 2014 Operating Budget for the Borough of Colwyn

The Amended Preliminary Draft of the 2014 Colwyn Borough Operating Budget is now abailable for inspection.  You can view a downloadable copy here or pick one up at the Colwyn Borough Hall located at 221 Spruce Street.  There is also a copy posted at the Borough Hall for Public Inspection.

2014_General_Fund_Budget_-_Colwyn – Final Adopted