Borough enters agreement with STEP for possible senior center

South Williamsport Borough Council Monday evening entered into an agreement with STEP Inc. to use the former state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forestry building at the corner of East Central Avenue and Charles Street for possible senior center and recreation facility.

The memorandum of understanding unanimously was approved by council members and will be sent to STEP’s board of directors for approval, according to Michael D. Miller, borough administrator.

DCNR leased the building to the borough for $1 a year. That arrangement is expected to last for another 20 years, Miller said.

According to the agreement, STEP will conduct a feasibility study to determine the building’s use as a senior center.

Council also approved an agreement with the South Williamsport Lions Club by a vote of 5 to 3 that will allow the organization to keep a more than 40-foot trailer at the borough’s public works yard near Charles Street and Sylvan Dell Road.

Representatives from the Lions Club said the trailer would be used for storing the club’s service project materials.

Although approved, several council members voiced disapproval.

Councilman Richard D. Harris said he thought the trailer was too large to be placed at the borough’s public works yard and could open the door for other groups to ask the same thing of council.

“I just think that there’s got to be a better place to put it than right there. I’m just not in favor of this project,” Councilman Daniel Cupp said.

Voting in favor were Robert Cronin, Benjamin Landon, Henry Frey Jr., Jeffrey C. Tompkins and J. Bernard Schelb. Voting against were Cupp, Harris and Edward Weinhoffer. Councilman Anthony A. Mussare was absent.

SEDA-Council of Governments Program Analyst Kristin McLaughlin also conducted an initial public hearing on 2013 Community Development Block Grant funding for the borough.

The borough has used previous block grant funding to complete a sewer lateral construction project. McLaughlin said that expected funding for 2013 could finish that project.

However, the borough’s funds – which are estimated to be about $97,700 – officially won’t be known until automatic federal budget cuts are terminated, McLaughlin said.

Included in the project is street restoration of West Second Avenue from Curtin Street to the dead end and West Front Street from Reynolds Street to the recycling center, she added.

Council also accepted the resignation of John Beattie from the Zoning Board. Curtis Fay, an alternate to the board, was voted in as Beattie’s replacement.