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Block grant funding approved for Montoursville municipal building entrance

Montoursville Borough Council Monday night approved Community Development Block Grant funding for a handicapped accessible entrance for the municipal building.

The borough’s 2019 allocation of $96,458 is expected to cover the cost for the project which will include the installation of electronic doors.

Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA Council of Governments, which administers CDBG funding, told borough officials the project is eligible for funding and meets low-to-moderate income guidelines.

In other action, council approved a first payment of $270,378 to HRI, Inc. for the borough’s street improvement project.

The project covers paving and curbing work for North Loyalsock and Arch streets.

In a related matter, a change order of $27,000 was approved for a sinkhole repair on North Loyalsock Avenue.

Dave Walters, of the borough recreation committee, told council that invasive lilies are adversely impacting the main pond at Indian Park.

He said the situation is becoming increasingly worse and is spreading to an adjacent pond.

A local company, Natural Landscapes, could treat the problem at a cost of $1,600, according to Walters.

Police Chief Jeff Guyrina noted that fireworks are allowed in the borough this week, but cannot be ignited within 150 feet of any building or on public property.

“Basically, there are very few places within the borough you can light them up,” he said.

The ordinance adheres to state law, Guyrina added.

One resident said she’d prefer council to reconsider its borough noise ordinance, noting that some people and pets residing in Montoursville have harsh reactions to loud noises such as fireworks.

Council approved the sale of several pieces of borough equipment, including a hydraulic snow blower, $950; stone spreader, $220; and a pressure washer, $575.

Council approved the purchase of a camera for stormwater line surveillance from Pysher Engineering, LLC for $4,000.

Borough resident Pete Pittenger asked council to consider prohibiting truck traffic along Loyalsock Avenue.

Michael Berger, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, addressed council.

He urged residents to cooperate with the population count process which occurs in communities across the nation every 10 years.

The next council meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.

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