Borough sells municipal parking lot for low price

JERSEY SHORE – Borough council reluctantly went ahead with the sale of a vacant municipal parking lot after receiving just one bid for the piece of property at its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

By a vote of 6-1, it was agreed to sell the lot for $2,000 to Frederick P. Welter Funeral Home located next to the lot.

An earlier vote by council to reject the bid failed to get passed by council.

Voting in favor of the sale were Sean Simcox, Wade Snyder, John Pisarcik, Janet Barnhart, Kenneth Scheesley, and Deborah Colocino. Voting against the sale was Marguerite Dyroff.

Dyroff said she voted against the motion because there is insufficient parking downtown.

However, others indicated they had reservations about the sale after the property had been appraised for $25,000.

“Selling it for $2,000 is giving it away,” Barnhart said.

Welker said he planned on improving the property by adding landscaping, fencing, a carport, and another entranceway.

He estimated he’ll spend between $40,000 and $60,000 for the upgrades.

“Within 13 to 14 months it won’t look like it does now,” he said.

In other matters, council approved an ordinance to expand its recycling area to include drop-offs for glass, aluminum and tin.

Those items are presently picked up through curbside recycling.

Council voted in favor of the borough picking up half the costs for installation of underground electrical work at the Thompson Street Recreation Field.

The borough will split the $5,000 bill with the Jersey Shore Town Hall. The money will come out of the borough recreation fund.

Council approved an ordinance to vacate a portion of Bank Avenue (formerly known as Hazel Alley) to accommodate the boat launch project.

Council discussed the possible installation of two handicapped accessible ramps at Thomas and High streets. The cost to the borough would be between $10,000 and $20,000.

In other action, council:

Passed an ordinance to establish 15-minute parking on the eastern side of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Approved a quote of $2,150 from Lecce Electric, of Williamsport, for traffic signal maintenance.

Met in executive session prior to the regular meeting to discuss personnel and litigation.