Muncy council names acting mayor

MUNCY – Following the resignation of Edward Danneman last month, Muncy Borough was left without a mayor. Council President Richard “Buzz” Baker was able to fill the position until last night, when the council elected Greg Delany as the new acting mayor.

Delany, who also is assistant chief of the Muncy Area Volunteer Fire Co., said he was happy to fill the position until the end of the year.

“They need someone and I’m happy to fill in for a while. I just want to do what I can to help out my little borough,” Delany said.

However, he does not plan to run for election in 2014.

“There are two people on the ballot now, and they are both capable and will do an excellent job, I’m sure. I’m not going to run a write-in campaign against them. I’ve got kids at home and they keep me pretty busy as it is,” Delany said.

The vote was unanimous. Only Baker abstained from voting, due to his position as acting mayor at the time, said Bill Ramsey, borough manager.

The council also discussed upcoming plans to renovate the sidewalks and curbing of several city streets. According to Ramsey, engineers have drawn up new plans to rebuild, create, or replace sidewalks and curbing along Water and Washington streets.

Today, engineers will meet with members of the state Department of Transportation and the county to discuss the project, which hopefully will be paid for through Act 13 funds.

Due to expenses, the project will have to be broken into phases, Ramsey said. This round of upgrades will not involve the intersection of Market and Water streets, he added.

Engineers also will begin meeting with people who own businesses or live near the effected areas.

“Many of those places don’t have curbs or sidewalk right now, and they’re going to get it free of cost,” Ramsey said.

The project also will involve creating high-visibility intersections.

“They come and cut out the pavement, pour concrete and make that concrete look like bricks. This makes the intersection jump out at you,” Ramsey said.

The borough also announced that Halloween trick-or-treating will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The borough’s Halloween Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. that day.