LENHARTSVILLE - At its May 2 meeting, the Lenhartsville Borough Council filled one of two borough auditor vacancies by appointing Ralph Shuler in a unanimous vote.Shuler will replace Robert E. Angstadt, who resigned for health reasons.

The term runs through the end of the year.

The borough has three auditor positions and likely will not fill the second opening until the next term begins in January 2008, according to Mark R. Sprow, borough secretary.

In other news, council discussed how to utilize a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which the borough qualified for.

Potential projects include the Old Penn Street Bridge, borough roads or the sewerage plant.

"Previous grant money was used for improvements to the old bridge," Sprow said. "But the bridge needs a lot of work."

The grant is for $40,000. Projects must be submitted to the county for approval by July 31.

The money must be spent during the current cycle that ends in 2008. Any unused money would be forfeited.

In other news, council president, Gerald R. Peters told council that a check for $40,971 was received as partial payment from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST).

Approximately $95,000 is still expected, he said.

A $1.7 million sewerage system construction project in 2006 was partially funded through a state loan in the amount of $636,514 from PennVEST.

Loan payments by the borough include an annual interest of one percent, Sprow said.

Finally, council had preliminary discussions for snow removal for the 2007-08 winter season.

Council is considering hiring a contractor to plow the .48 miles of borough-owned roads.

Borough roads were plowed on a volunteer basis by Peters and Councilman Ernest C. Lesher with their own equipment.

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