Montoursville council OKs football field in Indian Park

Montoursville Borough Council Monday night approved a request from the Montoursville Junior Athletic Association to prepare space in Indian Park for a football field.

Group officials said they will include parking and use existing on-site bathroom facilities.

Goal posts to be placed at the field will be able to accommodate soccer nets.

Officials also said they plan to have an electronic scoreboard for the field.

The borough is to be responsible for cutting the field’s grass.

Councilman Mark Tillson asked if the organization or the borough will be responsible for cleaning the restrooms.

He noted that soccer teams also will use the facilities.

“As it develops, some of these things will have to be worked out,” said Councilman Eugene Boyles.

Following an executive session, council approved a five-year contract for Jason Bentley to serve as the borough’s deputy police chief.

For the past year Bentley has been deputy chief on a probationary basis.

He previously served as a patrolman.

Council agreed to look into buying a street sweeper.

The purchase would include a trade-in of the borough’s existing sweeper, which is about 20 years old.

That action came after Streets/Water Commissioner Ron Smith advised council to consider selling off some of the borough’s unused equipment.

Council also agreed to sell a police car for $8,050.

Smith also reported to council that the borough’s new dump truck has arrived.