EXETER – Borough officials temporarily transferred almost $140,000 from various accounts into the general fund Tuesday in order to cover the costs of flood cleanup, with the understanding the money will be replaced when FEMA and PEMA reimbursements come in.
Borough officials also promised residents at the meeting that steps were being taken to resolve issues with a number of water runoff retention basins and swales that had failed to perform adequately during the June rains.
But at the same time, council President Richard Murawski reminded residents that few systems would have been able to handle 10 inches of rain at once, and that the area had been hit with three major storms in two years.
He noted that most of the major developments worrying residents, such as Fairway Hills and Quarry Hill, are at the effective end of their growth, and the borough is working with another developer to hold back on another phase until next year.
Larger retention ponds may be mandated for developments after engineers complete a re-evaluation of the current system, he said.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance regulating landlords and renters in the borough.
The purpose of the ordinance is to build a record for earned-income tax, garbage sticker and 911 information so the borough can have a clear idea of who is living in the borough and ensure they are properly appearing on borough records.
In the past, the borough had learned residents of rental properties had appeared on the tax rolls of neighboring municipalities, and this measure was introduced to help prevent that.
The borough also noted a voting machine introduction will be held for residents on Oct. 31 between 12 and 3 p.m., and agreed to advertise an abandoned-vehicle ordinance, which will be voted on at the next meeting.