South Williamsport council updated on investigation

South Williamsport Police Chief Carl Finnerty this week told borough council that his department participated in the investigation of the human remains found over the weekend in the Susquehanna River.

While he could not reveal many details, he said the department investigated clothing found on the borough’s side of the river, but it turned out to be unrelated.

In other business, Kristen Lambert, autistic support teacher at Central Elementary, addressed the borough council on the sensory park area she wants to donate. The park would meet the needs of kids with special abilities or needs. Since the last meeting, Lambert explained that she started a nonprofit organization to collect business donations for the project.

The borough council unanimously approved the motion and assured Lambert that they would work with her in any way they can.

In relation to park matters, it was approved by council to sign off on an ordinance that now states park hours will be from sunrise to sunset, rather than set numerical hours.

Steven Cappelli, borough manager, also requested approval of the proposal from HRG for the engineering and construction services for phase four of the 2019-20 paving project. Cappelli explained that they would be moving into the 3rd Ward, which would cost $93,000 and be funded by the borough. The two-year paving project will be conducted in the 1st and 3rd Wards.

In other business, council:

• Approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance to make changes to the commercial and industrial district.

• Approved alley closure requests from Messiah Lutheran Church with the stipulation that the church contact all neighbors to inform them of closure.

• Approved a motion to submit an application for a flood hazard mitigation grant in the amount of $450,000. In regard to the levee, the new system would create many more relief wells.

• Approved the Community Development Block Grant pavement restoration project for Seventh Avenue.

• Approved an ordinance establishing a sewer lateral loan program. Under a master contract, the borough will work with 12 properties to replace each lateral sewer system. There will be continued assessment of sewage systems within the six months of loan.

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