Mansfield distributes Act 13 monies, donates to regional water task force

MANSFIELD – Borough council decided to distribute monies it received through the state’s Act 13 natural gas impact fee and also decided to donate $5,000 from the general fund to the regional water task force’s search for a new water source during its meeting Wednesday.

Of the $172,000 the borough received from Act 13, $100,000 will go toward streets and sidewalks, with $50,000 of that in a capital reserve fund for future projects; $45,000 will go to the sewer plant for membrane replacement; $20,000 will go to the municipal authority to build a pump station for the residents of Townview Drive to improve their water pressure; and $7,071 will go toward a multi-municipal comprehensive plan with adjacent municipalities.

Following a brief report from Dave Flesch, of the Regional Water Task Force, outlining what has happened in the last six months since the task force formed to look for an alternative source of water for the region, council decided to grant its request for $5,000 to be put towards a “needs assessment” that will be used to apply for grants to help the region develop future water sources.

Flesch said it had come to the attention of residents who decided to form the task force that businesses wanting to come to the area were not able to do so because there was not enough water in the public water source available.

In other business, council approved a revised zoning overlay amendment that council voted down last month because the wording allowed such an overlay to be used anywhere in the borough.

Council also:

Discussed selling phosphorous and nitrogen credits to Blossburg for $3.50 per credit. Mansfield has a surplus but Blossburg needs to buy 7,000 credits by mid-March, said Director of Codes and Public Works Shawn Forrest.

Approved a new property maintenance ordinance that became effective upon adopted. The new code adopts as the borough’s code the international property maintenance code.

Appointed Kevin Green to the Municipal Authority Board to replace Bob Bartlett, who retired last month.

Approved a resolution establishing the greater area chamber of commerce as the implementing organization for the Mansfield Area Heritage Community plan, which originally was approved last March with the Betterment Organization of Mansfield as the implementing organization.

Approved a banner permit for the Mill Cove Earth Day program April 20.