Borough approves zoning adjustment and park smoking ban

MANSFIELD – Mansfield Borough Council held a meeting Wednesday to discuss municipal matters ranging from zoning issues to neighborhood beautification and a smoking ban in city parks .

Council passed a zoning overlay amendment, which will allow multi-family R3 district to extend 300 feet into the single-family R1 district.

“There’s a proposed development just outside of Interstate 99 Commerce Park that will put some additional homes and apartments in the area,” said Shawn Forrest, director of codes and public works for the Borough of Mansfield.

The smoking ban resolution will be enforced in both borough parks and the swimming pool.

An increase in bulk sewer rates also was approved and will impact Richmond and other townships.

“We’re not releasing specifics on the rate increase at this point because we haven’t notified the townships yet,” Forrest said.

The Pennsylvania Route 6 Byway resolution was approved, designating Route 6 as one of America’s byways. Federal funds will allow for beautification and the construction of visitors centers and historical corridors along the byway. The project is an initiative of the PA Route 6 Alliance, of Galeton.

It was announced that the Shade Tree Committee planted 12 new trees along West Main Street and that the Waste Water Treatment Plant will not be accepting any additional brush starting June 1.

“We need the room to do blacktop work to start the composting procedure. Once we do that, we’ll open the plant back up,” Forrest said.

The next borough meeting will be 7 p.m. June 12 at the borough building, 14 S. Main St.