Council selects leadership, changes curfew age

MUNCY — Borough Council elected a new council president and passed an amendment to the borough’s curfew ordinance at council’s biennial reorganization and the first regular meeting of the month, Monday night.

Following the swearing in of newly-elected council member, Richard Umpstead Jr., and returning councilman Edward Feigles, council’s first order of business was to elect Feigles as council president. Other officers elected were: Richard Baker, council vice president; Elaine McAleer, president pro tempore; Brandy Kift, vacancy board chair and Elaine McAleer as assistant secretary.

Council tabled a decision on the appointment of a secretary and on commission and board vacancies until a later date. Dana Bertin who had been re-elected to council was absent and will be sworn in at a later date by Mayor Jonathan Ort.

Council also discussed the need for Umpstead to abstain from certain votes because he is also employed by the borough streets department and there could be a conflict of interest on some action items.

The amendment to the curfew ordinance approved by council designates the age of a juvenile as anyone under the age of 18. The previous age had been 17. The change in the ordinance becomes effective immediately.

In other actions, council approved a resolution giving Lycoming County the power to collect county and borough taxes at the cost of $1.50 per tax bill issued. They also approved the retention of the McCormick Law firm as the borough’s solicitor for a two-year period.

The resignation of former councilwoman Karen Richards as secretary was approved by council.

In his report to council, Ort said he’d like council to pursue funding, possibly from PPL, for old fashioned street lights for a portion of Main Street. Speaking about numerous ways in which the community could become involved, Ort said he’d like to see the area along Main Street decorated more, such as flags on each building for patriotic holidays.

“When folks come through our town, they’ll see we care,” he said.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Muncy Borough Hall, 14 N. Washington St.