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Borough Council Minutes
July 12, 2004
        6:30 PM
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.
Attendance: (absent, Vice-President Tonya McNamara); Councilmembers Raymond Kaminski, James Holleman, Cheryl Bubacz, (absent, Timothy Roupp), (absent, 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; John Eckman - Blossburg Municipal Authority.

Agenda
Minutes: The minutes of the June 14, 2004 and June 28, 2004 meetings were approved on motion of Raymond Kaminski; second, James Holleman. 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 Cheryl Bubacz; second, Raymond Kaminski. All in favor.

GUESTS: John Eckman, Chairman of the Blossburg Municipal Authority, attend the meeting to discuss new well developments for underground water sources. One site is behind North Penn Health Center, 520 Ruah Street and other sites are in the East Creek Road area. Mr. Eckman asked Council for a $2,000.00 donation to the Blossburg Municipal Authority to get the well developments started. The Tioga County Commissioners will contribute $6,400.00 after the projects are underway. The Blossburg Municipal Authority could sell timber from the 600 acres they own to help cover some of the costs. The Blossburg Municipal Authority rule is "only to use new monies" for projects such as the well. Councilmembers decided to attend the Blossburg Municipal Authority meeting to be held on August 3, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. to review the well development projects and the total costs involved.

EXECUTIVE SESSION REQUESTED BY BOROUGH SOLICITOR AT 7:06 P.M. RECONVENED 7:30 P.M.
Reports : Mayor :  Mayor John Backman attended the Hazard Mitigation Plan meeting on July 8, 2004, which was held in Wellsboro at the Tioga County Court House. As a condition of receiving federal disaster mitigation funds, local governments must have a hazard mitigation strategies plan. A map of the borough and strategies plan information must be sent to the County Planner and Emergency Services by July 18, 2004. Borough Manager George Lloyd to mark map, complete required information, and submit all to the county.

Police :  Everyone has received a copy of the Police Report.

The Police report was accepted on motion of James Holleman; second, Cheryl Bubacz. All in favor.

Borough Manager :  Borough Manager Report accepted. Motion of Cheryl Bubacz; second, Raymond Kaminski. All in favor.

The Gabion wall being built along St. Mary's Street will be completed this week.

Since, the Blossburg Water Company has a close budget there is a possibility for our public utility employees and equipment to work in Hamilton Township, with their Authority and Supervisors on a new sewer line project. Hamilton Township Water Authority received a grant through the County last year for a sewer line to the water plant to handle the backwash discharged from the plant. The grant money needs to be used by the end of this year or it will be returned the county.

Cheryl Bubacz contacted Samuel Cooke, Forester Tioga Forest District about inspecting the trees on Island Park for their condition, health, and any care and maintenance, which may be needed over the years. A few Councilmembers expressed their concern of traffic driving over the root systems of the trees. A suggestion of placing "No Traffic" signs in these areas.

Borough Manager George D. Lloyd and Decker Everett from Covington Township had a meeting about the possibility of Blossburg Borough running a water line to Covington Township. Hamilton Township is also interested in hooking onto Blossburg's water system. If the municipalities work together there is grant money available for these projects.

Borough Manager's:   Activity Log.

Planning Commission :   At the meeting of June 29, 2004, an application was submitted from Greg and Kathy Brooks, 263 South Williamson Road requesting to operate a business venture for detailing vehicles (wash and wax cars) in garage at their home. The Planning Commission approved their application.

Zoning Hearing Board:  No meeting.

Recommendations for James Roupp's replacement are still waiting to be submitted. Borough Manager George Lloyd to review list of residents of Blossburg and submit names to Council.

Recreation :  No minutes received.

Fire Department :  No report received.

Police:   Nothing further to report.

Television :   Channels 33 is off. Jerome Ogden to contact James Roupp about Channel 33.

No Meeting in July for Television Board.

Library :  The Blossburg Memorial Library is sponsoring a "Garden Party" at the Hamilton Club, Morris Run on August 22, 2004 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Library or Carol Tama.

Carol Tama to take Sandy Martin's place on Library Board.

Street Committee :  Finished oiling the roads last week. This year stone was applied on top of the oil. This procedure worked excellent because oil didn't splash onto vehicles using the roads afterwards.

K.C.C. :  Charles Freeberg reported on the KCC finances. The organization balance is $2,673.00.

The new heating system will be started after Partners in Progress are finished renting the building for the summer. Any donations towards the new heating are welcome.

The KCC plan to purchase new chairs for the KCC building.

NPHS Student :  Tonya McNamara to contact N.P.H.S. in fall to see if a student can be recruited for Council.

Committee Business Development:  Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business and Entertainment) next meeting June 21, 2004 at 6:00 P.M. in the basement of the Blossburg Memorial Library.

Old Business:
  1. Evaluation: Nothing to report.


  2. Minor Sub-Division/Cul-D-Sac: Nothing to report. Borough Manager George Lloyd to do.


  3. Building Codes: The Borough is following the new Uniform Construction Code Regulations as of July 8, 2004.


  4. UCC - International Municipal Plan: Blossburg Borough to set up meeting with Hamilton Township Supervisors.


  5. Sale of Old Railroad Property: Borough Solicitor and Borough Manager working on.


  6. Sale of the Old Ambulance Building: Acorn Market is interested in purchasing additional railroad property by the old ambulance building and behind the Acorn Market. Borough Solicitor to contact Acorn Markets.


  7. Decorating Community Christmas Tree: Tonya McNamara to contact North Penn High School for an interested school organization willing to take over the decorating.


  8. Farmers Market: Ronald Steffen reported on insurance coverage, permit requirements, hours, etc. for allowing a Farmer's Market in town. After a discussion between Councilmembers it was decided to turn the Farmer's Market over to V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business and Entertainment). Motion made to give V.I.B.E. the authority to run the Farmer's Market by Cheryl Bubacz; second, James Holleman. All in favor.


  9. Electric System Assessment: Borough Solicitor Patrick Barrett reviewing.


  10. Dollar General Survey: Borough Solicitor Patrick Barrett to prepare necessary documents and advertise the necessary ordinances. At this time, no surveys have been provided.


  11. Home Occupation: The description of home occupation according to the Ordinance is vague. Borough Solicitor working on ordinance.


  12. Advertise 1991 Ton Pickup Truck for Sale: Borough Manager to do.


  13. House Condemnation: Scroback home located at 128 North Williamson Road to be inspected on July 16, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. Mr. Scroback, Bill Nickerson - Nickerson Construction and George Lloyd to be present.


  14. Berguson Home: Located at 155 North Williamson Road - reviewing for a possible business in home.


  15. Tax Collector: Dorothy Rakoski asked if she can charge for certifications and bad check charges. Borough Solicitor Patrick Barrett is forwarding questions to County Solicitor.


  16. Hazard Mitigation Plan: RESOLUTION NO. 6 - Motion to accept Resolution on Tioga County's Hazard Mitigation Plan as developed for the County and Municipalities in compliance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) section 322 was made by Raymond Kaminski; second, James Holleman. All in favor.



New Business:
  1. Williamson Commercial Park Access Street: Williamson Land Company, Inc. is requesting that the Borough accept the access street to be constructed at their commercial development located off Old Rt. 15. Borough Manager George Lloyd to get Master Plan and Construction Details from Williamson Land Company, Inc. for the next meeting.




Announcements:
  • Help support the Blossburg Memorial Library - You are invited to a "Garden Party" at the Hamilton Club, Morris Run, PA on August 22, 2004 from 1 PM to 5 PM. $25.00/couple, $15.00/single. Contact the Blossburg Memorial Library at (570) 638-2197 or Carol Tama at (570) 638-2894.


  • TCDC Meeting to be held on Monday, July 26, 2004 at the Penn Wells Hotel, Wellsboro, PA. Social Hour from 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Dinner from 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

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ADJOURNMENT: President Jerome Ogden closed the meeting at 8:23 P.M.

Next Council Meeting is scheduled for August 9, 2004 at 6:30 P.M.

Mary C. Signor, Borough Secretary

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