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Increasing rail service in Susquehanna County may not be on the immediate horizon, but it remains the goal of the county’s Rail Committee and encouraging things appear to be happening.

Last week, Arthur Feygelson, an account manager with the Canadian Pacific Railway, told the Rail Committee that the railroad would welcome the county’s business. And he said that because Canadian Pacific is not a large railroad line, it can offer the county better shipping rates.

Mr. Feygelson spoke optimistically but he told the Rail Committee and a roomful of guests at the luncheon meeting that county businesses and industries must generate enough outgoing freight before the railroad will consider pick-up stops in the county. He said it would take a commitment of 70 to 100 tons of freight on a regular basis.

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Oakland Boro Taxes Increase

Oakland Boro Council met for their regular monthly meeting on December 12, with all members present.

A special meeting had been held on December 5 to work on the 2003 budget. Council president Ron Beavan said that a number of people had spent a lot of time on the budget; several options had been considered, including raising the current millage of 12.5 to 14.1 or 16 mills.

In discussion of salaries paid to boro employees, Mr. Beavan pointed out that secretary/treasurer Cindy Cordner and streets/water company employee Leo Fisk’s salaries were partially reimbursed (to the boro) by the water company; Mr. Fisk’s, 44% from the water company, and Mrs. Cordner’s, 50%. The proposed budget includes gradual increases for Mr. Fisk; for the first thirteen weeks of 2003, he will be paid $10.50 per hour for 32 hours, $10.50 per hour for 40 hours for the second thirteen weeks, and after 26 weeks $11.00 per hour for 40 hours per week. And, the boro and the water company will equally contribute to Mr. Fisk’s water fees for the year.

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