Durbin retains charter, council meetings mellow
The year 2011 saw neighbors pitted against neighbors in Durbin after low voter turnout led to a petition of dissolution of the town charter.
The June election ballot had uncontested seats for mayor and council, and no candidate for recorder. With 18 voters, Donald Peck returned as mayor and Bob Gray, John Osborne, Crystal Vance, Earl ﾓPunkﾔ Vance and Mike Vance became councilmembers. After the election, former recorder Paul Ransom agreed to stay on as recorder for the new council.
The charter issue was taken to the county commission, and on August 16, the commission voted to maintain Durbin as an incorporated town.
With a victory under its belt, council turned its focus on the beautification committee and made changes to the town. The town hall received a major facelift with the help of an Energy Efficiency grant from Region 4, and the handiwork of Jason Bauserman and his construction company, Bausmerman and Sons.
With the assistance of several residents and other funding sources, council purchased welcome flags which are on display in town.
The good news continued as the town entered into an agreement with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. Council agreed to allow the habitat volunteers to lodge in the bunkhouse when they were in the county working on a project.
Council also discovered it was overpaying Allegheny Power for the townﾒs street lights. With a $5,000 credit, council will not have to pay a bill for 36 months.
In the fall, Ransom resigned his position as recorder and Osborne left his council seat to take the recorder position. The seat remained vacant at the close of the year.