Borough accepts HRI contract for streets work

Montoursville Borough Council Monday night hired HRI to do reconstruction work of Bennett and Pine streets at a cost of $160,278.

HRI submitted the low bid of among five firms vying for the work, according to Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, the administrative agency for Community Development Block Grant funding.

The project, to be funded through CDBG dollars, could include repaving, upgrades to curbing and sidewalks, as well as tree removal.

In other matters, Mayor John Dorin asked council to consider an anti-smoking policy for Indian Park.

While such a policy would be difficult to enforce without an ordinance, it could at least discourage and prevent people from smoking in the park, he said.

Toward that end, he called for erecting signs in different park areas.

After some discussion, council agreed to consider the matter.

The mayor also asked council to consider a handicapped accessible fishing area at the Indian Park pond.

Councilwoman Kim DiRocco announced that a neighborhood watch group comprised of about 15 people has been formed in Montoursville.

DiRocco, who noted she was speaking as a private citizen, had called interested residents together in recent weeks for two meetings in response to a shooting on Jordan Avenue May 28.

She said it’s time for citizens to come together and become proactive against crime.

She referred to a growing heroin problem in the area and to at least two recent thefts in the borough related to the drug.

In personnel matters, council hired Craig Jernigan to the streets/water department at an hourly wage of $17.25.

The vote to hire Jernigan was 4-2.

Voting in favor were DiRocco, Eugene Boyles, Ron Shearer, and Robert Brobson.

Voting no were Mark Tillson and Dennis Holt.

Tillson explained he wanted to see budget numbers before making a decision to bring on board another employee.

Council granted a pay increase from $9 per hour to $10 per hour for Caleb Huff, a part-time maintenance employee.

Council met in executive session prior to the meeting to consider a personnel issue.