Montoursville moves ahead with sidewalk improvements

Montoursville Borough Council agreed to move ahead with the Community Development Block Grant homeowner sidewalk program at its meeting Monday night.

Under the program, income-eligible property owners will receive 100 percent funding for sidewalk improvements.

All sidewalks must be out of flood areas of the borough and homeowners are required to solicit up to three bids for the work.

Money from the borough’s 2014 and 2017 CDBG allocations, estimated at $40,000, is being targeted for the improvements.

The vote to approve the program was 5-0.

Voting yes were Eric Greenway, Tina Kline, Mark Tillson, Robert Brown and Ted Haines. Christopher Lucas was absent.

In other action, council agreed to advertise for bids for the CDBG curb cut project and 2018 paving work for Loyalsock Avenue and Arch Street.

Council voted to retain Larson, Kellet & Associates for auditing services. It was noted that the cost for those services remains the same at between $9,000 and $9,500.

Police Chief Jeff Guyrina reported to council that snowstorms are creating problems with the borough’s sidewalks and streets.

Some property owners are failing to shovel walks at their residences following storms while parked vehicles along streets make it difficult for the snow to be cleared from the roads.

Motorists face fines starting at $10 for not moving their vehicles.

The next council meeting is set for Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m.