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245 Main Street, Blossburg, PA 16912
January 10, 2005
AS ADVERTISED A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD ON JANUARY 10, 2005 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL ROOM OF THE BOROUGH BUILDING, 245 MAIN STREET, BLOSSBURG, PA. THE PURPOSE OF THE PUBLIC HEARING IS TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED BLOSSBURG MAIN STREET PROGRAM. A GRANT APPLICATION IS TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. FOLLOWING THE PUBLIC MEETING, THE BLOSSBURG BOROUGH COUNCIL WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE SUBMISSION OF THE MAIN STREET GRANT APPLICATION.
Attendance: Mayor John Backman; Council President Jerome Ogden; Vice-President Tonya McNamara; Councilmembers Raymond Kaminski, Cheryl Bubacz, Thomas Bogaczyk; Mike Egan Blossburg Improvement Association; V.I.B.E. President Heidi Jones; Ronald Steffen.
Attached are minutes of Public Hearing that were taken and submitted by President Heidi Jones.
|Borough Council Minutes |
January 10, 2005
|Pledge of Allegiance recited.|
The regular Blossburg Borough Council meeting was called to order at 6:30 P.M. in the Council Room of the Borough Building, 245 Main Street, Blossburg, PA, by Council President Jerome Ogden.
||Vice-President Tonya McNamara; Councilmembers Raymond Kaminski, James Holleman, Cheryl Bubacz, (absent, Timothy Roupp), Thomas Bogaczyk; Mayor John Backman; Borough Solicitor Patrick Barrett; Chief Ronald Steffen; Borough Manager George D. Lloyd; Borough Secretary Mary Signor;
Charles Freeberg KCC Committee; Katherine Tokarz and Logan Hemenway N.P.H.S. Student Representatives; Mike Egan Blossburg Improvement Association; V.I.B.E. President Heidi Jones; Nick Mahosky.
GUESTS: None present.
|Minutes: The minutes of the December 12, 2004, meeting approved on motion of Thomas Bogaczyk; second, Cheryl Bubacz. All in favor.
|Treasurer's Report: Report accepted subject to audit on motion of Cheryl Bubacz; second, Raymond Kaminski. All in favor.
|Bills: Bills to be paid on motion of Raymond Kaminski; second, Cheryl Bubacz. All in favor.
NPHS Student: Katherine Tokarz and Logan Hemenway N.P.H.S. Student Representatives reported on school happenings.
K.C.C. : Charles Freeberg reported on the organization's disbursements. The regular checking account balance is $2,152.30.
KCC members to stain the wainscoating.
New heating system is working well. There is less noise with the new system, which helps when meetings are being held. Mr. Freeberg is still waiting on the PPL Gas Utility statements to show how cost efficient the new heating system is.
Committee Business Development: Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business and Entertainment)
Councilmembers questioned Heidi Jones on status or plans for the old Borough Hall. Ms. Jones reported V.I.B.E. is investigating the history of the building. Basically the building is sound. It needs a new roof within two (2) years. All new wiring, plumbing and heating is also needed.
Before grants or any monies can be applied for the building a purpose is required.
Thomas Bogaczyk asked if Ms. Jones recommendation is not to advertise this building to have it removed? Ms. Jones would like to save the building, if at all possible, but a purpose is needed. Mr. Bogaczyk asked where all the funding would come from, because it would take well over $100,000.00 to get the building up to standards. Ms. Jones commented it all depends on the use of the building. V.I.B.E. hopes to have a use within a year.
Mike Egan stated the Borough could apply for a grant to demolish the building, through a three (3) year plan grant (SCP) now. The next application is December 2005 for December 2006.
Mike Egan Blossburg Improvement Association and V.I.B.E. President Heidi Jones attended the meeting requesting Blossburg Borough Council to consider passing a revised resolution authorizing the filing of an application for Main Street Program funds with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. There are two changes to Resolution 10 accepted on November 8, 2004, being presented: the grant amount ($30,000.00) and the sub-recipient agreement between Council and V.I.B.E. with Blossburg Improvement Association serving as a back up to V.I.B.E. until V.I.B.E. receives 501 (c)(3) status.
RESOLUTION NO. 1 - Motion to accept the Resolution of the Borough of Blossburg authorizing the filing of a application for Main Street program with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, with increases / modifications as requested by the State, was made by Raymond Kaminski; second, Thomas Bogaczyk. All in favor.
Mayor : Nothing to report.
Police : Everyone has received a copy of the Police Report.
The Police report was accepted on motion of Tonya McNamara; second, James Holleman. All in favor.
Chief Steffen reported there were some complaints on residents not removing snow and ice from their sidewalks. He went through borough today and issued fifteen (15) warnings for no snow and ice removal.
Chief Steffen brought up about house numbering. Some homes are not numbered. A Borough Ordinance requires homes to have 4" high x 1/2" wide address numbers on all dwellings for emergency services. Address numbers should be placed so they are visible from the street. Advertising the importance of house numbering suggested. A letter included with the borough utility billings suggested or print a brief notice in the blank space provided on utility bills.
Borough Manager : Borough Manager Report accepted. Motion of Tonya McNamara; second, Raymond Kaminski. All in favor.
Nothing to report.
Borough Manager's: Activity Log.
Planning Commission : No applications were submitted. No meeting.
Borough Manager George Lloyd reported on a single-family home in the
borough being used as a two (2) family dwelling. The home was never approved to be a two (2) family dwelling. George Lloyd and the Borough Solicitor to pursue.
Zoning Hearing Board: No meeting.
Recreation : No meeting.
Fire Department : No report received.
Police Committee: Nothing further to report.
Mayor John Backman requested the Police Committee Report follow the
Mayor Report or Police Report. All Councilmembers agreed to move up Police Committee on agenda.
Television : No television reception tonight. Jerome Ogden not aware what the problem is.
Channels 2, 3, 20 and 42 are bad or off.
Old tower is being sold for scrap.
Library : Nothing to report.
The Library Board is in the process of drawing up new by-laws. The Board would like to have Councilmembers attend meetings. Council is a voting member. Cheryl Bubacz stated she would attend the meetings if they were held at a later time of day.
Street Committee : Nothing to report.
Budget: A budget meeting was set for January 18, 2005 at 9:00 A.M. to discuss insurance and other budget items.
Mock Car Accident: Nick Mahosky attended the meeting to request permission from Council for the use of Island Park as the location for a mock car accident. This senior project is for Daniel Bolt, Josh Clark, Keith Brooks and Nick. The scene will consist of two (2) crashed cars with volunteer workers posing as victims. A variety of emergency apparatus and personnel will participate in the project. The project is planned for April 1, 2005 behind the bleachers. Grades 10 - 12 will attend.
Motion made to use Island Park for the mock car accident, as a school activity and with the understanding school being responsible, was made by Thomas Bogaczyk; second, Raymond Kaminski. All in favor.
- Evaluation: Nothing to report.
- Minor Sub-Division/Cul-D-Sac: Nothing to report.
- Building Codes: Remove from agenda. Motion of Thomas Bogaczyk; second Cheryl Bubacz. All in favor.
- Additional Railroad Property: Borough Solicitor Patrick Barrett is working with Han-Rowe Associates & Company owners of Bear "A" Bar & Grill.
- Electric System Assessment: Nothing to report.
- Dollar General Survey: Borough Solicitor is working with their attorney. Borough items are all done.
- Home Occupation: Borough Manager and Borough Solicitor are reviewing. There are still some gray areas that need to be reviewed.
- House Condemnation: Mr. Scroback telephoned stating he couldn't make the meeting tonight. He wants assessed value for house ($35,400.00: $13,700.00 Land, $21,700.00 Building). Borough Manager George Lloyd admitted that the structure is basically sound, but needs a lot of work and money to get up to code. Basically, home is not worth assessed value. Mr. Scroback never contested county assessment. He relied on assessor for correct figures.
Borough Solicitor Patrick Barrett recommended it is time to move on this property and a couple other properties in town.
- Williamson Commercial Park Access Street: Remove from agenda until April 2005. Motion of Raymond Kaminski; second Cheryl Bubacz. All in favor.
- Occupation Privilege Tax (OPT) $10.00 to $52.00: Remove from agenda until April 2005. Motion of Raymond Kaminski; second Cheryl Bubacz. All in favor.
- Tax Collector Fees: February 15, 2005 is deadline if change is to be done. If a change is to be made, it must be set by resolution. The tax collector fees will be discussed at the Budget Meeting set for January 18, 2005 at 9:00 A.M.
- Mansfield Borough, Richmond Township, Covington Township Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Plan: Remove from agenda. Motion of Thomas Bogaczyk; second Tonya McNamara. All in favor.
Hamilton Township Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code Agreement: Thomas Bogaczyk recommended that this be tabled and reviewed. Borough Solicitor to telephone about date for meeting.
New Zoning Map: Borough Solicitor Patrick Barrett to advertise. A Public Hearing will be held on February 14, 2005 (before the regular Council Meeting) at 6:00 P.M.
|ADJOURNMENT: President Jerome Ogden closed the meeting at 7:48 P.M.
A Public Hearing is scheduled for February 14, 2005 at 6:00 P.M. on new Zoning Map.
Next Council Meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2005 at 6:30 P.M.
Mary C. Signor, Borough Secretary