Jersey Shore moves to fix 2 bridges

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council Monday night voted to pick up a portion of the costs for the rehabilitation of two bridges in the community.

Overall, the borough will be responsible for coming up with 5 percent, or $26,000, for costs to repair the Wilson Street and Hazel Alley bridges.

Total cost for fixing the two spans is $535,000.

Lycoming County motorists, including Jersey Shore residents, are being assessed $5 for each vehicle registration to fix bridges as part of the county’s Bridge Bundling Program.

The vote was 6-0.

Voting yes were Marguerite Dyroff, Janet Barnhart, Paul Garrett, Barb Schmouder, Sean Simcox and Denise Hurlbutt.

Kenneth Scheesley and Mike Zellers were absent.

In other business, council agreed to place a bid for purchase of a dump truck.

Borough manager Joseph Hamm noted that an existing truck is in dire need of being replaced.

Council approved the minimum municipal obligation of $34,345 for employee pensions in 2018.

It also agreed to put up $1,000 in borough funds to apply for grant money toward improvements to the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

In a related matter, council gave permission for residents to cut fence along the path to allow for easier access to the YMCA.

In a personnel matter, council approved the hiring of Richard McAlister Jr. to fill a vacancy in the public works department at $15 per hour.

In other matters, council:

• Accepted the resignation of John Shireman from the zoning hearing board.

• Set trick or treating in the borough for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

• Tabled a request to co-sponsor Heritage Days set for Aug. 25, 2018.