At the Borough of Wenonah Business Meeting held on Thursday, June 23, 2016, Borough Council unanimously agreed to move forward with a potential purchase of a new or demo fire truck to replace the current 1992 Grumman which by the time a new truck is authorized, will be 26 years old and has already developed numerous mechanical issues. The Wenonah Fire Company, (WFC), will be seeking either a new or demonstrator with a cost not to exceed $500,000. During the next year, the WFC will develop the specifications for a vehicle that meets the Borough’s needs. The bidding process will then follow. In order to minimize the financial impact on local taxes, the new vehicle is projected to be placed into service no earlier than August of 2018.
From the January 2016 initial request from the WFC for replacement consideration, the Public Safety & Finance Committees have been charged with the overall review of the Borough’s specific need for fire services, possible shared services with other local fire companies, not replacing the current vehicle and making repairs, purchasing a newer used vehicle, current and future state of the WFC and trends for the availability of ample volunteers, and the analysis of the financial impact on the taxpayer. Moreover, from a safety perspective, the effect on the overall response time to a fire in Wenonah and potential impact on life and property versus the potential response from an “outside” vendor. (These were anecdotal and estimates only).
Some initial budget projections beginning in August of 2018 or the purchase year, include a 10-year payoff of a $500,000 note at about $53,000 per year of principal and interest. The estimated budget for the WFC at $25,000 per year, and an estimated **LOSAP contributions of $15,000 per year indicating a total cost of $93,000 or $103.00 per household, (900 households), to fund the all -volunteer WFC. (During the past two decades this annual cost has remained relatively constant as the Borough rolled off an older vehicle in place of a newer one. Essentially, any tax increase will be minimal if any). The WFC has agreed to lower its annual budget from the current $35,000 to $25,000 in 2018 as a contribution towards the cost of the new fire truck. Also, maintenance and repair costs will be substantially less on the new vehicle versus the 1992 Grumman.
Please contact Jack Sheppard Jr., 609-980-9918,(Chair of the Public Safety & Personnel Committee ), or Bill Norris,610-368-3938, (Chair of the Finance Committee), for more information on the process and investigation.
** LOSAP-Length of Service Awards Program approved via referendum.
Message from your Mayor
Dear Wenonah Residents,
You thought all the trash talk was over now that Election Day has come and gone?
Not so…Let’s Talk Trash, Your Trash!!
As you know, as Mayor and Council of Wenonah, we are dedicated in our ongoing efforts to manage the taxes for our homeowners in Wenonah. We constantly look for ways to trim the budget without sacrificing services to you.
One of the cost saving measures is the shared service agreement for Trash and Recycle removal in Wenonah.
We are proud to announce, for January 2016, Wenonah has contracted with Logan Township for all trash and recycle removal services at a substantial dollar savings to you, the tax payers.
Residents will be receiving a new green, 95 gallon recycle cart. All of your recyclables are to be comingled in the cart. You will still be using the black, 95 or 64 gallon trash carts that you already have for the household trash. Pick up day for trash and recycle will still be Friday.
You will also receive, in the mail, NEW TRASH RULES. Please read it over carefully, as some of the RULES HAVE CHANGED. For instance, the bulk pick up day will be on the 4th Tuesday of the month. They will not pick up any trash that does not fit inside the can unless you call the Borough Finance office (856-468-5228) and have your name put on a list. The same goes for bulk pick up; they will only stop at addresses that are on the list we give them the day before pick up.
We are excited to be partners with Logan Township. Please be patient as we make this change and any bumps in the process will be quickly corrected. Please call the Finance Office (856-468-5228) or Public Works (856-468-5300) if you have any questions.
John Dominy, Mayor of Wenonah
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