New police chief sworn in

MUNCY – In a short ceremony attended by family members and fellow police officers, Mayor Greg Delany swore in James Dorman as Muncy’s new police chief at the opening of Tuesday night’s borough council meeting.

Dorman’s contract will be approved at the Dec. 19 council meeting once all members of the personnel committee have reviewed it.

Council also discussed the special meeting held Monday regarding the borough’s 2014 Memorandum of Understanding with the West Branch Regional Authority and the authority’s right to shut off water to a residence in the borough that is overdue on a sewer bill. Councilman Dana Bertin motioned to approve the memorandum, pending a final legal review; the motion was seconded by Councilman Jon Ort and approved 10-0.

Also discussed was the borough’s application to be a Susquehanna Greenway River Town. Borough Manager Bill Ramsey suggested it be discussed in-depth at a January workshop.

Karaffa Construction sent an estimate to the borough for renovations on the exterior of the Muncy Public Library. The estimated cost was $14,801 and included new cement siding, shutters and paint. Borough secretary Tara Ashby suggested obtaining two additional quotes in order to compare prices for the work.

Progress on work required for occupancy of 107 N. Market St. was reported in a letter sent to council by building code official Jim Fenstermacher, who will keep the borough updated as work continues. Councilwoman Linda Stein brought up a possible abandoned property at 25 N. Market St. and said she will ask Fenstermacher to look into the matter.

In addition, council began the process of looking for a water consultant for the borough. Borough Secretary Tara Ashby suggested collecting quotes from various companies on a management study, to be conducted for the purposes of identifying the scope of responsibility.

Dorman recommended that Officer Dave Williams receive the pay increase of 50 cents per hour commensurate with successful completion of his 90-day probation period. Council approved the pay raise 10-0, which will be effective at the beginning of the next pay period.

Council approved a zoning permit for a pre-built shed at 5 N. Market St. Gene Walburn, of 18 N. Main St., applied for the permit.

Council also approved an excavation permit for temporary restoration at 10 Carpenter St., applied for by UGI Penn Natural Gas.

In other business, Stein brought up the Muncy Mitigation Workgroup, a group recently formed that will work with the proposed changes in flood insurance and floodplain mapping. Members of council and various community members will represent the group, with it next meeting scheduled for either Dec. 17 or 19.

The next borough council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Myers Elementary School, 125 New St.