Council fields questions on fireworks, derelict building

MONTGOMERY – With the Fourth of July just a memory, Montgomery Borough Council addressed concerns of a resident about the safe use of fireworks in the borough. At issue is the use of large fireworks in a residential area and how to assure that they are set off in a safe manner.

Following a discussion, it was decided that in order to enable the police to issue a citation, a video or photograph needs to be taken to use as evidence.

Council member Fae Herb also expressed concern about the use of Chinese lanterns and the hazard they cause. She said it might be something that needs to be considered for next year.

In an unrelated issue, borough Solicitor Benjamin Landon said he has looked into rental ordinances like the one in force in Williamsport that deals with properties and drug use. He concluded it would be wise to “sit back and see what happens in other communities first” before enacting something similar in the borough.

Council did express a concern that the current ordinance needs to have “more teeth” in it.

Five local wineries and Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider Winery will participate in a Winefest from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 in the park, according to Mayor Andrew Onufrak II. Food also will be sold.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Lifting Little Lives, a charity similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Onufrak said.

The borough fire department sought approval to conduct a fundraiser Sept. 12-14 for bikers following the 9/11 Memorial Ride. Council initially approved the request, contingent on the weather, but then decided that more information was needed before full approval was given. The Parks Committee will meet to discuss this matter.

The borough’s Second Saturday event will be held this week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. Herb said vendors will sell fresh produce, crafts and food, and live entertainment will be featured.

She also said the borough is seeking people to participate in the Hometown Hero Banner project. The local group is working with Lycoming County veterans from Williamsport on the project, but the banners will be hung in Montgomery.

“The cost is $210 for each banner,” she said, “but families can get together and split the cost in order to honor a hero.”

Applications can be obtained at the Weis Market and the Montgomery Borough and Clinton Township buildings.

In other business, council is exploring what to do with the old Montgomery Mills office building. Residents have contacted council with concerns about the rundown appearance of the building.

It was decided that Moran Industries, of Watsontown, which owns the building, should be contacted to find out what plans it has for the structure.