Montoursville talks block grant funding

Montoursville could be looking at receiving about $85,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding in 2014.

The question is how council will spend the money.

Kristen McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, the agency administering the funding, talked to council Monday night about the types of projects eligible for the dollars.

She noted that 70 percent of allocated funding must benefit low-to-moderate income residents.

The borough could use left-over CDBG funding from previous years for projects.

The borough’s first public hearing regarding the issue is set for council’s next regular monthly meeting on March 3.

Council approved a policy calling for recreation areas of the borough to be tobacco-free.

Mayor John Dorin said signage indicating tobacco-free zones will be placed in certain areas of the borough.

The mayor’s push to establish a similar policy was rejected by council last year.

“It was a long time coming,” he said. “I’m looking forward to having a smoke-free park.”

Council approved a land development plan for Alexander/Subaru along Broad Street.

The plan calls for consolidating several existing lots owned by Alexander/Subaru into one.

Council gave the go ahead for detention piping for a well.

Borough Streets and Water Commissioner Ron Smith said piping is needed to attain permitting for the well.

In personnel matters, council reappointed Chris King to the planning commission and appointed Eric Greenway to the vacancy board.

Todd Pysher was retained as borough engineer and McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall as borough solicitor.

Council approved an Agility Agreement with the state Department of Transportation. Under the contract, the borough and PennDOT exchange services and materials to complete certain projects.

Council met in executive session prior to the regular meeting to discuss personnel matters.