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Montoursville Borough approves creation of dog park

Montoursville Borough Council approved a dog park at 41 Mill St. during a virtual meeting Monday.

The organizer, Zoe Gillespie, a recent area high school graduate, has been working on the project for more than a year.

“Everything that’s going into the park is going to be fastened into the ground,” she said of the 50-by-295-foot park.Those installations, such as toys, are weather-proof, but are movable by the borough if they see fit.

Volunteers, possibly Rotary Club VIPs, may help to install fencing beside Superior Oil, which occupies the adjacent lot, said Gillespie.

“Their fence is going to be used as two barriers on two sides to reduce my costs because, unfortunately, I did lose out on a couple of months of fundraising,” she said.

The total project cost is $5,000, and was raised by private donations or volunteered labor costs.

“You should be super proud of yourself, I know this council is very appreciative and very proud of you,” said Chris Lucas, council member.

In related action, council approved the advertisement to change the dog ordinance of the proposed dog park at 41 Mill St. to permit dogs without leashes.

Under new business, the council designated funds from the Community Development Block Grant to a general borough resident assistance program with the remainder of that fund going to sanitation equipment at the John Dorin Municipal Building, 617 N. Loyalsock Ave.

Under the streets and water report, council approved the purchase of a new water truck for not more than $47,000. The current water truck is irreparable, according to the committee.

Members present: Misty Emick, Eric Greenway, Chris Lucas and Bob Brown; Mark Tilson and Ted Haines were absent.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 6 at the John Dorin Municipal Building.

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