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Hughesville Borough makes progress on Muncy Creek erosion

HUGHESVILLE — Progress is being made in dealing with the erosion of the Muncy Creek bank that threatens the water pump houses in the borough, Mayor Richard Smith told council Monday night.

Smith said he recently met with state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection and Lycoming County, as well as a local engineer about the erosion of the bank, which is leading to deposits of dirt in front of the pump house near Race Street.

“We are looking at a cost estimate of $418,000 for the repair of the rip-rap,” Smith said, noting some of the sandbar in the creek would be removed and used to build a new wall, with rip-rap placed on top of the wall. The borough is seeking two grants of $147,000 each to help pay for the work.

“We are trying to increase (the amount of one of those grants),” Smith said.

In another matter, council received a draft ordinance regulating food trucks from its solicitor.

The solicitor said it would fit well with the ordinance on food establishment licensing, plus it would define food vendors.

He mentioned there was concern about a food truck setting up near a school when classes were in session.

The proposal will be discussed in future meetings.

In other business, council approved the Halloween Parade at 6 p.m. Oct. 31, followed by trick-or-treating from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The parade will begin at Hughesville High School, head down Cemetery Street, continue left on Main Street, followed by a left on Walnut Street. It will end at the fire station on Railroad Street.

Besides Smith, Walter Reed and Dan Cale, also in attendance were Andrew Mook, Councilmen Todd McCowan and Jerry Daughtery. Councilwoman Brenda Smith was absent.

The next borough council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the borough hall, 147 S. Fifth St.