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City puts brakes on name changes

City Council put a decision on a proposed ordinance to name or rename city property on hold Thursday.

There wasn’t enough time to properly review or tweak the material, according to city legal counsel.

Norm Lubin, city solicitor, said the advertising requirement would not be met in time for council’s Thursday meeting.

The ordinance sets up government guidelines for naming property, such as streets, after individuals, in an honorary fashion or for permanent purposes.

It may require some revision but it is a good start, according to the council.

Councilman Joel Henderson and Bruce Huffman, a Cherry Street resident, worked on the ordinance details together, after its foundation through the Historical Review Committee.

Councilwoman Gerry Fausnaught said the ordinance is needed, however, she believed it was necessary to allow the mayor to have some input.

In other action, council also approved the community development department request for a memorandum of agreement with the city and Lycoming County Housing Authority.

The authority board agreed to provide $10,000 toward the overall cost of a fair housing analysis, said Stephanie Young, city community development director.

As part of this work, council approved an addendum to the contract for professional consulting services on the fair housing analysis with Mullin and Lonergan.

Council also approved a resolution for a 2019 Gas Well Fund grant in the amount of $4,500 for the Bureau of Fire to obtain equipment.

The council meets one more time before Christmas. It is holding a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in which it plans to adopt a $27.9 million 2020 budget that calls for a 0.25-mill tax hike.

That’s would bring the tax rate to 15.72 mills, and cost $1,572 for a house assessed at $100,000 in the city.

It is a rate increase of $2 per month, said Councilwoman Liz Miele.

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