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Montoursville volunteers improve park

Ducks and geese swim and wade in the water in the pond at Indian Park. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

With an infusion of $5,000 donated by the Heim Foundation, Montoursville’s Volunteers of Indian Park, or the VIP group as they call themselves, were able to purchase lumber to repair picnic tables, paint and replace the propane heating unit in their shop on the park grounds. The borough is also ordering metal roofing for seven of the covered picnic tables in the park. Work on the roofs will be done this year.

In giving an update on the group’s work to Montoursville Borough Council at their meeting Tuesday night, Robert Weaver shared that the VIP’s had been limited in what they could do at the park, some of it having to do with availability of materials.

John Hunsinger, who has been with the group 27 years, joined Weaver in reporting to the council.

He shared with council that every building in the park was either built by members of the VIP group or with their assistance.

The group, which meets every Tuesday morning, has dwindled in numbers, Weaver said, and are always looking for new members.

In other business, Council approved the purchase of an adaptive swing for Indian Park at a cost not to exceed $1,800. The swing, a bench swing, is slated to be installed in the area around the pond.

In conjunction with the playground project, council agreed to authorize Alice Trowbridge, R.L.A. to write a narrative as part of the application process to acquire Act 13 legacy grant funding for the project.

“It has the potential to be a sizeable amount of money,” said council member Misty Emick.

Council approved a payment application for mechanical and electrical improvements to the Waterworks project by Appellation Construction Services, LLC, in the amount of $128,585. It was noted that the project is about 80% completed at this point.

Before the start of the business portion of the meeting, council held their re-organizational meeting. The following offices were filled: Eric Greenway, president; Christopher Lucas, vice-president; and Robert Brown, pro-temp president.

Also appointed or reappointed to the following positions were: Ginny Gardner, secretary/ treasurer/open records officer; street and water project coordinator, Cliff Hoffman; McCormick Law Firm, borough solicitor; Pysher & Associates, Levine Engineering, LLC and Larson Design Group, borough engineers; Nicole Greenway, 2-year term on property maintenance board of appeals; Emick, 5-year term on the recreation board; James Vanik, 6-year term on the civil service commission; Scott Konkle, 2-year term on the Memorial Gardens committee; and Robert Brown, Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority and library liaison.

Council urged community members to apply for vacancies on various boards and committees.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the John Dorin Municipal Building, 617 North Loyalsock Ave.

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