Winter storms putting crimp in salt supplies, council says

Winter snow issues highlighted the action at Thursday night’s DuBoistown Borough Council meeting.

Foremost among the topics was the borough’s low supply of road salt.

Councilman Michael Rodgers reported that the borough has just 20 tons of salt left to spread on streets for the rest of the winter.

The good news is that more salt has been ordered, with funding coming from the borough’s liquid fuels dollars.

Borough highway crews were called out to spread salt on 13 days during January. That amounted to about 20 tons of salt, according to highway maintenance Supervisor Paul McKinley.

“If we get a February like January, we’re in trouble,” he said.

Council agreed to allow parking on one side of Cochran Avenue following snow storms.

That action came after Dominick and Gemma Bragalone, of 2846 Cochran Ave., told council they received a number of parking tickets on their vehicles after this week’s storm.

Vehicles must be removed from certain streets during winter storms to allow snow to be plowed.

However, the couple said they have a hard time finding places to relocate the vehicles. They explained they have a driveway for vehicles, but it’s too steep to get them up and down its steep incline following the snowfalls.

Council voted to remove the no parking signs on the north side of Cochran Avenue.

Voting in favor were Michael Caschera, Norman Cowden, Charles Frey, Jennie Miller, Michael Wall and Rodgers.

Councilman James Barger was absent.

It was reported that 48 sewer laterals in the borough are in non-compliance. A number of other laterals feeding into properties may have problems as well.

The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority is conducting an inspection of the laterals.

In some cases, property owners may be eligible for Community Development Block Grant funding to fix the lines.

Council met in executive session to consider personnel matters.