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Hughesville Borough renews 3-year police chief contract; DUI checkpoints set for prom night

HUGHESVILLE — Borough council Monday approved to renew Police Chief Rod Smith’s contract at its meeting. The contract with Smith, who was not in attendance during meeting, will be for three years.

Councilwoman Brenda Smith said he will receive $55,244.80 with an increase of 55 cents per hour and will be given 160 hours of vacation, which is up from the previous 120 hours.

In other business, Mayor Richard Smith said members of the Hughesville Police Department will be participating in roving DUI checkpoints to prevent drunk driving specifically targeted on prom night.

The officers will be working in accordance with the Lycoming County Task Force, which will have several DUI checkpoints throughout the county, Richard Smith said.

“This is fantastic,” said Councilman Dan Cale. He added that if it “discourages one kid” from drinking and driving it will be worth it.

Richard Smith said the borough would be reimbursed by the county’ task force for the Hughesville’s officers on duty that night.

Prom night for the Hughesville High School is Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. and will take place at the Scottish Rite-Acacia Club on Market Street in Williamsport.

Council was updated that a portion of Main Street will be closed to parking between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. starting May 3. According to borough Secretary Gayle Kocher, the state Department of Transportation will be repaving the road starting outside Mark’s Outfitters Shoe Store, at 22 South Main St., and continue to Mill Street, near Route 220.

Kocher said it is expected to take approximately a week to a week-and-a-half to repave this section.

During public comment, Kerry Perry, executive director of the Beckoning Cat Project, asked for council’s participation in a program to capture stray cats to spay and neuter them and reduce the population of feral cats in the county.

She explained the goal was to capture the homeless cats, get them fixed and release them.

Perry asked the borough to help with the cost for each cat that is fixed.

It costs $67 per animal, but she is asking for boroughs to fund $25 per cat, while the members of the Beckoning Cat Project will pick up the rest of the cost.

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