Borough talks projects, approves new police hire

South Williamsport Borough Council held the first of a number of hearings before Monday’s council meeting to discuss possible projects available for federal grant funding.

The Community Development Block Grant, which the borough receives yearly from the county, is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At least 70 percent of the funds from the grant are required to fund projects that would directly benefit residents with low to moderate incomes.

During the hearing, the floor was opened up for the public to give ideas for projects that could be funded by the estimated $101,000. Borough manager Michael Miller told the public the council was looking at using the funding to repair the streets, curbs and sidewalks of Seventh Avenue and that the council also wanted to look into designating a building as a blighted property to be demolished.

The next hearing for the grant, to finalize the project to be funded by it, will be on July 9.

In other news, the council unanimously approved the hiring of a new police officer in response to a deal between the council and the South Williamsport Area School District to provide one of the borough’s officers as a school resource officer for the district.

The council also approved to allow borough administration staff to be paid for accrued and unused personal time with a limit of 120 hours.

“A lot of us don’t take our personal time,” Miller said. “With a small office like ours it makes it difficult to take time off.”

In attendance were Daniel Cupp, Joseph LaRue Jr., John Decker, J. Bernard Schelb, David Geise, Corey Lehman and Fred March. Carl Nolan and Robert Cronin were absent.