NEW CASTLE —
The six part-time police officers are being hired as a security measure in response to the shooting deaths of students at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last week.
The city’s cost will be $129,792 in salaries plus about $3,000 for each officer to cover Social Security, workers’ compensation, liability insurance and uniforms, according to business administrator Stephanie Dean.
The school district will pay the city $20,000 for each officer for the year.
Dean said the additional officers will help the city with manpower during the summer when the district does not need them and, therefore, should reduce overtime costs in the police department.
The $50,000 addition to capital improvements for demolition will come out of the Marcellus Shale reserve account. The money will be targeted to one area of the city.
The addition was a compromise of sorts at council’s budget workshop this week and was suggested by Smith. He originally questioned why $80,000 had been earmarked for street paving when the city has a major blight issue.
Council agreed to retain the $80,000 for paving.
The Marcellus Shale account has a balance of $960,934. The city received a lump sum payment of $1,745,934.05 from Hilcorp Energy I, LP for the leasing of gas rights on specific city-owned property.
Mastrangelo’s budget already called for using $735,000 of the gas money: $410,000 in lieu of a one-mill property tax increase and $325,000 for capital improvements.
Of the $17.5 million budget, $14,360,874 is earmarked for general operating expenses.