Muncy council hires full-time police officer

MUNCY — Borough Council voted unanimously at its meeting Thursday night to hire Ernest Delp III as a full-time borough police officer, effective July 1. Delp, who had been working for the borough as a part-time officer, was hired at a salary of $20 per hour.

With the Aug. 1 deadline to make a decision on acquiring the Mozley Opera House a little over two months away council voted to hire Providence Engineering Corp. at a fee of $1,100 for structural engineering services related to the building. Council added a stipulation that the work be done by the end of June.

Also in conjunction with the Opera House, council voted to authorize Ramsey to sign an order to receive a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment report on the building from TRC Solutions.

Council is investigating the possibility of obtaining the Opera House as part of the Muncy Resiliency Project. At their last meeting they had voted to make the decision with an up or down vote at their first meeting in August.

In other actions Council:

• Passed a resolution establishing the terms for members of the Borough Planning Commission. They also voted to appoint Krista McGonigle to the commission for a term ending 2020.

• Voted to send Brandy Kift a thank-you note and gift card to Orlie’s for the work that she did on the boroughwide yard sale.

• Voted to cancel the first meeting in July which would have been July 4. There will be one meeting that month on the third Thursday.

• Heard a report from Ramsey on the Flood Mitigation intake sessions held earlier in the month. He said that 47 people, 28 from the borough and 19 from Muncy Creek Township applied. County Planning now has the forms and will get back to the people to let them know if they qualify.

• Discussed the possibility of the borough participating in an Endless Mountain Resources Conservation and Development Commission First Community Foundation Partnership Grant as it relates Glade Run and the Green Street Park.

• Discussed an issue with lack of coverage with crossing guards during the school year.

• Referred an insurance issue to the insurance committee for review.

• Heard some suggestions from Ramsey on how to improve the annual cleanup day which was recently held in the borough.

Council’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on June 6 at Borough Hall.