South Side to expand recycling with grant money

South Williamsport will soon get to use about $300,000 toward expanding its recycling services, borough officials said Monday night.

A $279,748 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection requires the borough to match it with $31,084, said Steven W. Cappelli, borough manager.

The borough was notified in December about the award to be presented in March, he said.

For that amount the borough can purchase a dump truck, a front-end loader, a wood chipper and leaf machine – all to assist in recycling of garden residue and yard waste, he said.

The borough accepted the resignation of Councilman Henry Frey Jr., who has resigned and is moving away from the area.

Any resident of the borough’s third ward who is interested in the seat may contact Cappelli by email or in writing.

The borough council approved stop signs at the intersection of East Central Avenue and Main Street, making it a four-way stop.

The stop signs are experimental, and will be up for 90 days to see if they help or deter safety at the intersection, said Joseph Orso, borough solicitor.

If, within the 90 days, the council wants to change it, it can, he said.

Only one vehicle accident was reported since 2015 at the intersection the way it was before the four-way stop sign proposal.

Council approved a handicapped parking sign at the property at 18 W. Second Ave.

The tax collector will be moving an office into the DuBoistown Borough Building, along with the space providing a sub-station for two borough detectives, Cappelli noted.

The borough police station received new heating and air conditioning ventilation systems that will prevent condensation, he said.

Two pit bulls attacked another dog and caused $1,200 in veterinarian bills. The one dog was euthanized after it was discovered by a state dog warden it was classified as a dangerous animal in 2018. The second dog is classified as dangerous. The issue with the owner on Linden Street has been addressed. Police have been given orders to use whatever force necessary to protect people in the event of dangerous dogs aggressive actions, Cappelli said.

A memorandum of understanding has been reached between the borough and Little Mountaineer Little League. A similar agreement on sharing space at appropriate times and keeping the fields pristine as they were when they were first use may be forthcoming for other sports organizations in the community, officials said.


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