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Borough Council Minutes
November 8, 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: Vice-President Tonya McNamara; Councilmembers Raymond Kaminski, James Holleman, (absent, Cheryl Bubacz), 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; Andrea Levandoski and Logan Hemenway both N.P.H.S. Student Representatives, Terry Kreger Blossburg Ambulance Association; Mike Egan Blossburg Improvement Association; V.I.B.E. members Heidi Jones, Josh Jones, Shane Nickerson, Jill Nickerson, Lonny Frost, Charlie Tameris; David and Elaine Milligan new residents of Blossburg Borough.

Agenda
Minutes: Correction on October 11, 2004 minutes:

Mayor: Once Route 15 is classified as I99 the Blossburg Police Department will have no jurisdiction. The Pennsylvania State Police will patrol the interstate portion.

The minutes of the October 11, 2004, meeting with correction were accepted on motion of Raymond Kaminski; second, James Holleman. All in favor.


Treasurer's Report: Report accepted subject to audit on motion of Tonya McNamara; second, Thomas Bogaczyk. All in favor.

Bills: Bills to be paid on motion of Thomas Bogaczyk; second, Raymond Kaminski. All in favor.

GUESTS: Terry Kreger, Blossburg Ambulance Association, attended the meeting to question when the closing is to take place on the old Ambulance Building located on the corner of Hanibal and Morris Streets. Borough Solicitor Patrick Barrett reported the agreement was signed with Acorn Markets on November 2, 2004. The closing was held last week. The check for the balance of the sale should be here this week. All utilities to remain on until the transfer is over.

Mike Egan attended the meeting on behave of the Blossburg Improvement Association and V.I.B.E. requesting Blossburg Borough Council to consider being the applicant for the Main Street Program funds with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The funds would be used to improve the appearance of the downtown business district and strengthen the economic well being of the borough. Blossburg Borough qualifies to receive funding under the "Affiliate" Status Main Street Program. The grant is for $80,000.00 over a four (4) year period. The submission of the first-year Affiliate Main Street Application is $25,000.00: $20,000.00 matching grants for the storefronts and $5,000.00 for the planning costs. An architectural firm, Larson Design Group has been consulted for a future look of Blossburg's Main Street. $2,500.00 is the maximum matching funds for each storeowner. If approved, other grants or funding may be available to the neighborhood surrounding Main Street. Mr. Egan reported letters of support were requested from local businesses and organizations and the response was tremendous.

RESOLUTION NO. 10 - Resolution of the Borough of Blossburg authorizing the filing of an application for Main Street Program with the Pennsylvania of Community and Economic Development was made by Raymond Kaminski; second, Thomas Bogaczyk. All in favor.

David and Elaine Milligan, 141 Main Street are new residents of Blossburg Borough. They both were attending the meeting for observation.

Reports : Mayor :  Mayor John Backman attended the Blossburg Municipal Authority meeting on November 2, 2004. Delinquent utility bills are a concern. Sanitary delinquents are causing a problem with the Borough budget. Mayor Backman asked about the procedures for collection. Borough Manager George Lloyd reported after a customer is delinquent over $100.00 to $200.00 the Borough should file the amounts due with the District Magistrate Office. George Lloyd to file the worst delinquents with the District Justice by the December meeting.

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

The Police report was accepted on motion of Thomas Bogaczyk; second, Tonya McNamara. All in favor.

A discussion was held on motorized scooters. These scooters are not legal to operate on public streets and highways. They are only legal to use on private property.

Borough Manager :  Borough Manager Report accepted. Motion of Thomas Bogaczyk; second, Timothy Roupp. All in favor.

RESOLUTION NO. 11 - Designation of Borough Manager to act as agent to fill out all required forms and documents for the purpose of obtaining financial assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288 as amended by Public Law 100-707). Motion to pass resolution was made by Raymond Kaminski; second, Thomas Bogaczyk. All in favor.

Borough Manager's:   Activity Log.

Planning Commission :  No meeting. The next scheduled meeting is November 30, 2004 at 7:00 P.M.

Zoning Hearing Board:  No meeting. Borough Solicitor to advertise new zoning map for public to review.

Recreation :  No meeting.

Fire Department :  No report received.

Police:   Nothing further to report.

Television :   New tower is up and antennas are being moved causing interruptions to some channels. Plans are still on for the Emergency Alert System. Channel 33 still not on, but trying to get back on. There are no plans for adding new channels.

Library :  Sidewalk work is being planned for the spring. The library heating/air conditioning system to be replaced at a cost of approximately $16,000.00. An $8,000.00 grant has been applied for through Keystone. A secondary grant has been applied for through Representative Matthew Baker.

Street Committee :  Nothing to report.

K.C.C. :  The new heating system is installed and finished. The total cost was $3,444.00. Mr. Freeberg supplied Borough Secretary Mary Signor with copies of all the donation checks for the new heating system and the statement from Ben Jones Heating & Plumbing.

Charles Freeberg reported the organization's regular checking account balance is $1,947.44 and has another $300.00 to deposit.

NPHS Student:  Andrea Levandoski, N.P.H.S. Secretary Student Council, and Logan Hemenway both are N.P.H.S. Student Representatives attended the meeting to observe Council meeting and to report on school happenings.

N.P.H.S. student advisor is considering rotating students to attend Borough Council meetings. The rotating will allow more students to get involved in community activities and experience our local government.

Committee Business Development:  Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business and Entertainment) discussed earlier.

Budget:  2005 Blossburg Borough budget balanced with no tax increase. Motion to advertise 2005 Budget Ordinance was made by Raymond Kaminski; second, Thomas Bogaczyk. All in favor.

Due to the fact, State Funding for Libraries has been decreased over the past year the 2005 Blossburg Memorial Library budget requires a millage increase from .149 mills to .250 mills. Motion to advertise ordinance and increase the library tax millage to .250 mills was made by Thomas Bogaczyk; second, Timothy Roupp. All in favor.

Ordinance No. 403 - The Borough of Blossburg amending garbage and refuse ordinance to allow for the authorized increase revenue for collection of garbage and refuse with the Borough of Blossburg . Motion to adopt the Garbage and Refuse Ordinance was made by Raymond Kaminski; second, Thomas Bogaczyk. All in favor.

Old Business:
  1. Evaluation: Nothing to report.


  2. Minor Sub-Division/Cul-D-Sac: Nothing to report.


  3. Building Codes: Appeals Board to be setup.


  4. Sale of Old Railroad Property: Nothing to report.


  5. Sale of the Old Ambulance Building: Discussed earlier.


  6. Electric System Assessment: Borough Solicitor reviewing.


  7. Dollar General Survey: Borough Solicitor waiting on a corrective deed.


  8. Home Occupation: Borough Solicitor completed new descriptions of home occupation. New descriptions to be reviewed by the Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board.


  9. Advertise 1991 Ton Pickup Truck for Sale: Two (2) bids were received. Eugene Fessler submitted a bid in the amount of $201.00. Scott Bastian submitted a bid in the amount of $254.00, check enclosed. Motion to accept bid of Scott Bastian was made by Raymond Kaminski; second, Tonya McNamara. All in favor.

    Because truck was purchased with Liquid Fuels monies, proceeds will be deposited back into the Liquid Fuels Account.


  10. House Condemnation: Borough Solicitor contacted Mr. Scroback. Meeting with Mr. Scroback on November 19, 2004.


  11. Williamson Commercial Park Access Street: Paving to be done before Thanksgiving.



New Business:
  1. Advertising for Fuel Bids: Motion to advertise for vehicle fuel bids was made by Raymond Kaminski; second, Tonya McNamara. All in favor.



  2. Grant Application for Main Street (V.I.B.E.): Discussed earlier.



  3. Utility Payments by ET/ACH Debit F.C.N.B.: A meeting was held with F.C.N.B. about Blossburg's utility customers, with their authorization, paying water, sewer and sanitary utility bills by electronic transfer/ACH debit through the Internet. After the completion of the necessary paperwork, Mary Signor would be able to go into a customer's bank account, on a planned date, and debit the account for the amount they owe for whichever utility. The advantage to this process is payments would be immediate. The disadvantage is this causes more paperwork for the Borough office.

    At the present time, some customers are using the Internet to pay their bills. The customer has full control of the dollar amount and when their payments will be made. After they do their transactions a check is processed from the bank and mailed to the borough.

    Other customers set up weekly/monthly deductions from their bank account with F.C.N.B. F.C.N.B. forwards the payments to the borough.

    The processes that are presently being used are working great.



  4. Thanksgiving: George Lloyd asked if turkeys would be given to the employees for Thanksgiving this year. All Councilmembers agreed that turkeys should be given to the employees. The cost will be split with the Blossburg Municipal Authority.



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ADJOURNMENT: President Jerome Ogden closed the meeting at 8:11 P.M.

Next Council Meeting is scheduled for December 13, 2004 at 6:30 P.M.

Mary C. Signor, Borough Secretary

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