Demolition application discussed at Muncy Borough meeting

MUNCY — An application for a demolition permit submitted by the Muncy School District and Steinbacher Enterprises Inc. could be the test run for the borough’s new demolition ordiance that was passed last year.

Discussion of the application at Tuesday night’s borough council meeting questioned whether the necessary fees had been submitted in order for the process to proceed. Once the fees are paid, the application will be complete and a hearing date will have to be set and advertised within 60 days, according to the ordinance.

Council then would be required to render its decision within 45 days of the hearing.

The structure to be razed is at 227 Pepper St. and is owned by the school district.

In other business, council awarded to HRI Inc. a $53,978.75 contract for paving via SEDA-Council of Governments. Streets slated for paving include sections of McCarty Alley, South Washington Street, an alley from 118 E. Water to Griggs streets, East Lincoln Street, Feigles Road, West Penn Street, and McCarty and Plum alleys.

In addition, council approved a change order to include a section of McCarty Alley to Noble Alley at a cost not to exceed $10,000.

Council also awarded a SEDA-COG contract for seal coating from Hammaker East Ltd. at a cost of about $14,308. Wood and Green streets and Feigles Road will be sealcoated.

All property owners in the affected areas have been notified, according to council.

In an update on the Resiliency Project, Councilwoman Karen Richards told council that the Opera House Committee has met twice and toured Mozley’s Opera House. Its next meeting is at 6 p.m. June 22 at borough hall.

In her report to council on the Green Street Park project, Councilwoman Linda Stein said the recreation committee had met with local students who are members of the Future Business Leaders of America Club and their adviser to discuss plans for the park.

Stein said the students are interested in doing community service projects. One area they will be helping with is getting information out to the community by setting up a Facebook page for the park and a website.

Stein also informed council about a First Community Foundation Partnership grant that the borough is applying for through the Endless Mountain RC&D Council for work on Glade Run, streambanks and stormwater management.

In another water-related issue, Councilman Ed Feigles said a hydrological survey will be conducted in the borough throughout the summer.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. June 15 at borough hall.