Montgomery hopes online fundraiser helps prepare for park expansion

MONTGOMERY — In an effort to create a better park and environment in Montgomery, the Montgomery Community Development Committee enrolled in the Raise the Region campaign, as discussed Tuesday at the borough meeting.

Raise the Region is an online day of giving, which started yesterday at 6 a.m., to 11:59 tonight. Anyone interested in donating may go to

Funds from the event would allow the borough to apply for larger governmental grants that require matching funds from Montgomery Borough.

The CDC is working to develop a Master Recreation Plan, which is expected to work with an architectural firm or a land developer, which is currently undetermined; however, the park is slated to be the largest in Lycoming County, 15 acres.

“All the money is going to go to the park and the community, so every dollar helps,” said Christy Phillips, CDC treasurer, at Tuesday’s Montgomery Borough meeting.

The plan is slated to survey the current conditions of the land, structures and facilities, as well as giving the community a chance to voice what they would like out of the park.

The CDC formed in June of 2017 and in January 2018 it became an official body of the borough.

The borough has a number of events planned for the season, including the first Montgomery Lions Riverside 5K Run/Walk for Vision on April 20, Montgomery Fire Co. Carnival, May 6 to 11, and a Community Yard Sale on May 18.

The council also discussed a borough clean-up day; however, the date is not yet official.

In other business, The mayor recently obtained eight body cameras for police to wear, along with hard drives used to store the recordings. The cameras will be put to use following a camera policy, concerning their use.

Council members Susan Andrews, Dale Brendle, Fae Herb, Amber Wilt, Mark Barbier were present while Whitlow Wertz was absent.

The next council meeting is scheduled to be at 6:30 p.m. on April 9, at 35 S. Main St., Montgomery.