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No Tax Increase In Clifford Township

By Kelly Burke

The Clifford Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm. The Supervisors were pleased to announce taxes would not be raised and the town, in fact had a surplus. Snow removal and road maintenance went over budget, yet other areas did not allow extra funds for road improvements and EMS services.

As with many small towns, volunteers for EMS and fire departments are scarce. The Board of Supervisors has proposed to implement an innovative method to attract more volunteers. Becoming a certified EMS costs approximately $2,000.00 dollars. The Board is considering paying for the costs of training EMS and fire personnel with the stipulation that after completing the training the volunteer stay in Clifford Township, or repay the training costs to the township. Last month the Clifford Fire Company responded to 34 calls and EMS responded to 50, according to the Fire Company.

Improving Clifford Township by attracting new businesses and people seemed to be the resounding theme at the meeting. A motion to join a regional effort to generate more businesses in Susquehanna County was passed.

Maintaining and repairing the township after the recent flooding was addressed. The township of Clifford ordered cots and blankets in preparation for future emergency situations. The Township was not eligible for natural disaster funding because they did not have a Hazard Mitigation Plan. Resolution 2-18 was adopted which will now allow Clifford to apply for natural disaster funding if the area is declared a natural disaster. Additionally, the Supervisors passed a motion to join New Milford and other towns in talks with the DEP regarding clean up and maintenance of creeks and rivers in Susquehanna County.

Upcoming events include a twist on "trunk or treat" planned for October 27th, called "truck or treat." Residents of Clifford are being asked to decorate their truck(whatever the size) and hand out candy at the Community Center.

Lastly, PennDOT will be present at the next meeting to answer questions from the public regarding the upcoming detour on State Route 106 and Cemetery Street.

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MACC/EMBA Host Area Luncheon

By Lillian Senko

A Legislative Luncheon was held on October 5th at the Montrose VFW, hosted by the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) and the Endless Mountains Business Associations (EMBA). Sponsors of the event were Williams, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, JHA Companies, Pump n Pantry, NBT Bank, and Little & Nelson, Inc.

Tammy Bonnice, President of Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed more than sixty people who were in attendance. She then introduced Staci Wilson who introduced the panel of guests and served as Master of Ceremonies. Senator Lisa Baker, Senator Gene Yaw, Representative Jonathan Fritz, and Representative Tina Pickett were present to share their responsibilities and the initiatives they are working on that affect our community.

Starting off the meeting on a more personal and humorous atmosphere, Staci Wilson questioned Senator Baker on how she liked her eggs, Representative Fritz on a song that marked a situation, Representative Pickett on what she would like to eat, and Senator Yaw on the first thing he bought with his own money.

Senator Yaw was the first to speak on his responsibilities as Senator and what he was currently working on in his numerous committees. He named the opioid epidemic, POLST Bill, foreign influence in the gas industry and the Chesapeake Bay to name a few.

Addressing the opioid epidemic Senator Yaw stated heroin and opioid addiction has been identified as a brain disease. He spoke about people unintentionally becoming addicted, and how they were working on reducing the amount of prescription opioids and other various measures to curb the unintentional addiction.

Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Bill was passed which gives seriously ill patients more control over their medical treatment. Senator Yaw stated this does not replace the Living Will.

"The gas industry has been a great advantage for the people of Pennsylvania", stated Senator Yaw, and he expressed concern with New York State not allowing the pipeline to enter the state. He said, "the New England states would benefit along with New York State with the pipeline going through since New England is currently purchasing the product from Russia. With all our natural resources here in Pennsylvania it's a shame a barrier is put up which hurts other parts of the country."

"The Governor of Maryland is angry", stated Senator Yaw, with the amount of debris flowing down from PA waterways into the Chesapeake Bay. This is understandable since waterways should be a prime concern and ways to prevent the debris from hurting water conditions should be a top priority.

Senator Lisa Baker shared her information with the five committees she sits on in the Senate. She informed the audience about a grant to assist rural hospitals; Save Rural Hospital Act funded twenty-five million dollars in grant money. Senator Baker explained the current method of reimbursement is based upon patient mix; unfortunately most of the hospitals' patients are Medicare and Medicaid insurances. The new initiative would transform how the hospitals are reimbursed.

Representative Tina Pickett stated current unemployment rate is 3.7, which is good and bad. People are able to get jobs, which is very good, but very difficult for business owners to get good help since many skills are not found in people currently unemployed. She said Susquehanna County is lucky to have a Vocational Technical school in the area where the students are learning trades that are needed throughout the work force.

Representative Jonathan Fritz said he found out Harrisburg is a mysterious place and he's thankful for Representative Pickett, Senator Yaw and Senator Baker for supporting him. He also thanked Cynthia Beeman, Williams and all the others who have helped the flood victims in the recent storms. After a little commentary on the committees he served on, he suggested people Google Pickett's plan for more information on our dependency on OPEC and how to eliminate it.

A question and answer period followed with discussions on how broadband (high speed internet) is needed in the rural areas. Agriculture, businesses and consumers are all affected by the lack of availability.

The recent flooding and the deplorable conditions of streams and roads were discussed in length and how the Department of Environmental Resources, the Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Agriculture, PennDOT and the Army Corp of Engineers need to work together to find solutions to problems and start to work proactive, not reactive in the future.

Greg Myer, owner of Bartron-Myer Funeral Home questioned the panel on the amount of money small businesses need to pay in fees, also fees paid by recipients of his service. An example is the increase in cost for a death certificate, of which he said people need a large quantity. The cost recently increased from six dollars a copy to twenty dollars and that is a huge increase. He said people going through one of the worst times of their lives have to pay a high fee, just for a death certificate.

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FCRSD Presents New Plan

By Lillian Senko

The Forest City Regional School District Board of Directors opened the October 8th meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Principal Mr. Kelly presenting Super Sixth Grader Jonathan Conlogue.

"Jonathan Conlogue consistently maintains his grades, and his behavior is consistent with the schools PBIS Program. Jonathan is respectful, kind and someone the mighty foresters can look up to. He also came in first place at his pig's showing", stated Principal Kelly.

Principal Kelly also recognized the Mighty Foresters for September: PreK, Sophie Wasileski; Kindergarten, Aubrynn Joseph; Grade 1, Cody Burrell; Grade 2, Catherine Graziano; Grade 3, Collin Burrell; Grade 4, Alyssa Ernst; Grade 5, Aaliyah Mead; Grade 6, Jessica Curtis.

Superintendent Dr. Jessica Aquilina conducted a power point presentation on the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. She reviewed the District's accomplishments, student achievements and strives to continue to improve the percentage, which exceeded state averages. The Superintendent stated Algebra I was very impressive, it met and exceeded the PA average for growth.

District accomplishments included: increased community engagement, renovation project at ninety-five percent completion (increased security and upgraded facility), School Safety Committee K-12, Project Lead the Way K-12, Interconnected System Framework (social and emotional needs of students), 1:1 Initiative, Multi-Tiered System of Support, Everyday Math Implementation, Reading/ELA, Middle School within a High School, Reading Apprenticeship Training, Advisory Program, and 339 Plan (K-12 aligned with PA Career Education Work Standards).

The old Mission Statement was, "To prepare students to be lifelong learners, critical problem solvers, and responsible productive citizens."

The new Vision Statement is, "All Forest City Regional School District students will graduate prepared for post secondary learning, career and service".

"Go Be Great" is the new hash tag.

The new Mission Statement is, "The Forest City Regional School District will challenge, empower and inspire all students to Go Be Great by: setting high academic standards, fostering critical thinking skills, creating opportunities for collaboration, communication and innovation, promoting self-directed learning and personal goal setting, and engaging in opportunities to care for others."

Several agreements between the FCRSD and the following companies were unanimously approved: Advantage Service agreement with Guyette Communications Industries Corporation at a cost of five hundred and ninety dollars; USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Service cooperative service agreement at a cost of six thousand, five hundred twelve dollars and sixty-seven cents, and Trehab Prevention Classroom Services for grades Kindergarten through grade 3 at a cost of one thousand, two hundred dollars.

Richard Schlasta was unanimously appointed as a six hour Custodian, and Juliene Graebner as a four hour Custodian. Resignations received from Kyra Fortuner and Nicole Lenz were unanimously accepted.

The following were unanimously approved as substitute support staff: Kyra Fortuner, Amy Supancik, Dakota Swann.

The next FCRSB Director's meeting will be held on Monday, November 5th at 7:30.

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Harford 2019 Budget Preview Preview

By Ted Brewster

No one could accuse the Harford Township Supervisors of procrastination. A budget for 2019 must be formally adopted by the end of the year, and already, in early October, on the 2nd and the 9th, they have slogged through 2 workshops, scrutinizing proposed spending plans drawn up by Township Secretary Carolyn Jennings line by line. Next month – or maybe even next week – they will officially present the results of their deliberations for taxpayer review.

The Harford budget comes in 4 parts. The one that most directly affects township residents is referred to as the "township" budget, funded largely by property taxes, and in part by earned income taxes, permit fees and other miscellaneous sources of income. Another part, supported entirely by funds from the state for "liquid fuels" subsidy, is to be used solely on road maintenance. A third part exclusively covers the municipal sewer system. The fourth part of the budget segregates Act 13 funds – the so-called "impact fee" money distributed by the state as a result of oil and gas exploration and production; these dollars are kept separate in the knowledge that what the state giveth, the state can as easily take away, and are used to supplement other parts of the budget, as well as to fund larger projects and purchases that might not otherwise be possible from township funds alone.

There aren't a lot of changes from last year in the township part of the budget: some items up a little, some down. With nearly a half million dollars expected to remain in the account at the end of this year, an excess of expenditures over income of about $70,000 can be easily covered, very much like the 2018 budget. Total expenditures in this part of the budget are expected to be just under $613,000, surprisingly, down about 6% from 2018. No property tax increase is expected.

During early discussions, the amounts allocated to road materials in the state budget this year were found to be unrealistic, and so were boosted considerably. The newest Supervisor, Jim Phelps, with some experience as a former Harford Road-master, computed new values that blew out the state budget.  So, when the Supervisors reviewed the results of the first budget workshop, they found that the amount needed for dust control, about $43,000, almost exactly matched a surplus expected in the impact-fee part of the budget, and so the latter will be used to cover that shortfall.

The impact-fee budget section is the most frangible, since there is no way of knowing precisely how much will be available. The township received about $575,000 in 2018 from this source, but, to be safe, the Supervisors allowed for only $360,000 next year. Nevertheless, even allowing more than $100,000 for another new truck, that part of the budget could still end up 2019 with nearly half a million dollars in the bank.

The sewer budget is funded almost exclusively from user fees on about 280 EDUs (equivalent dwelling units), at $150 per quarter per EDU, or $168,000 per year, less about 10% for delinquencies. The Supervisors expect a small surplus in the sewer budget at the end of 2018, and again at the end of 2019, yet may still boost user fees a small amount to avoid larger increases once the renovation of the system is complete and loan payments begin.

During discussions of the sewer budget, Jacob Rosen once again raised the issue of applying gas royalties to the sewer budget, referring to a state Supreme Court decision in 2017 that invalidated transfers of such income from state forests, parks and game lands to the state's general fund. The Township's solicitor has said that the decision does not necessarily apply to local municipalities, and other interpretations of the decision say that those issues have still to be clarified. In any case, for 2019 as for 2018, the Supervisors have allocated all gas royalties to the township budget, including those covering the sewer plant property. The township expects to receive about $8,000 from this source by the end of 2018.

By comparison, and just for laughs, for the township, state and sewer budgets combined, the Township expects to spend $1,049,500, a 3-fold increase over the combined 1996 budget of $303,010.

Probably by the time you read this, the October meeting of the Harford Township Supervisors, scheduled for the 16th, will be history. If you do make it, you will be treated to a PennDOT representative speaking about the repairs to Route 547 on the east side of the interstate. All meetings begin at 7:00pm in the township office on that very same route, but on the west side.

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Lanesboro Council Discuss Budget

By Lillian Senko

The saying goes, "third times' the charm", but for Lanesboro Council members the second time was the charm after the monthly meeting scheduled for October 2nd had to be rescheduled to October 9th, after a quorum wasn't achieved.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing the budget for 2019. Council members and Mayor Chris Maby reviewed current income and expenses with projected income and expense. After a lengthy discussion it was approved by motion to include payments for a new police vehicle in the 2019 budget.

Chief Jim Smith obtained pricing for a 2019 Ford Interceptor Utility Sport, all wheel SUV from New Holland Auto Group, quoted with CoStar program pricing. The SUV would be delivered turn key, with all equipment necessary for a police vehicle at a total price of thirty-seven thousand, three hundred fifty-eight dollars.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocated forty-nine thousand dollars to Lanesboro to purchase a structure to be used for a community gym will be expiring in February, 2019. Mayor Maby said they needed to make a decision to allocate additional funds to complete the project, or loose the grant money.

They received two bids for the structure, one from a company located in Colorado for fifty-two thousand dollars, and one from C & M Sales Inc., located in Honesdale for sixty-nine thousand dollars. A Bid Bond is a requirement for CDBG and the company from Colorado refused to issue one, which eliminated the bid.

Council members and Mayor estimated additional cost to the Borough for concrete pad, sewer, water, electric, interior wall and construction not included with the cost of the structure. Once the projected cost was estimated a lengthy discussion was conducted on funds they would use to complete the project. Council ultimately decided to move forward with the project, and unanimously approved signing the proposed bid from C & M Sales, Inc.

Councilman Mike Siletto motioned to adopt Resolution number 2018-10-01 adopting the Susquehanna County Mitigation Plan; Councilman Tom Nitterour seconded the motion that was unanimously approved.

Chief Smith presented the Police Report for the month of September in Lanesboro and in Thompson Borough. In Lanesboro there were fifteen traffic stops, which consisted of five citations and ten warnings. Officers also responded to aggravated assault, firearm and drugs on school grounds, domestic warrants issued, suspicious person, harassment, inappropriate contact, tobacco and knife in school, child custody issue, fire alarm, runaway juvenile, medical alert call and a fallen tree blocking the road.

The Police Report for Thompson Borough included eight traffic stops consisting of three citations and five warnings. Officers also responded to an erratic driver, harassment, disorderly conduct, four wheelers on roadway, and a motor vehicle accident.

Two bids were received for the sale of the Chevrolet Impala Police vehicle. One bid was for fifty dollars and the other for six hundred dollars. Council discussed the bids, whether or not to accept the high bid and concluded they would accept the six hundred dollar bid.

Council motioned to advertise a proposed No Parking Ordinance to be adopted at the November 7th meeting. Parking will be prohibited from Community Center to Viaduct Street on both sides, and on North Main Street from Viaduct to Germantown Road on both sides.

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Montrose Board Seeking New VP

By Kelly Burke

The Montrose School Board met on Monday, October 8th as scheduled. The meeting time was an uncertainty. The School Board scheduled the public meeting after their work session meeting, which was scheduled at 7pm. The ambiguity of the time may have accounted for the less than twenty people who sat through the brief meeting. Two absents were noted from the panel, Vice President Amy Lyden and Chairperson Paul Adams.

As one would expect at the start of a new school year much of the meeting centered on employment. Motions were swiftly passed by the Board on all employment positions. Approximately sixteen "winter" coaches were hired with salaries ranging from 1,000 dollars to 4,000 dollars. Various substitutes, aides, food workers, bus drivers and volunteers were given the okay to hire in several of the schools.

The Board heard and passed a motion allowing for a Dual Enrollment Agreement with Keystone College. This Dual Enrollment Agreement allows students currently attending Montrose High School to earn college credits for certain courses through Keystone College.

The only Chairperson who had questions on any of the motions was Richard Jordan. After clarification, those motions were passed as well.

Then, there was mention of the resignation of Vice President Amy Lyden, who as noted earlier was not in attendance. Chairperson Jordan wished to go on record stating he believed the resignation was uncalled for. Mary Homan, School Board President also added that although she had her differences with Lyden she was dedicated, for the students and would be missed.

As for Lyden's replacement, Superintendent McComb stated that the Board would hold private interviews for the position. Several Board members objected, as did several people in attendance. A member of a School Board is appointed and a public figure, therefore they must be interviewed during a public meeting. McComb said he checked with the Pennsylvania Board of Education and other authorities and was assured that the interview could be held in private, or public. The Board voted and majority agreed that the interview for the prospective replacement would be done in private.

The next Montrose School Board meeting is scheduled for the third of December.

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Much To Do About Our County Roads

By Kelly Burke

The County Commissioners met on Thursday, October 11th at the Susquehanna County Courthouse. Members of the public were present to address road damage from the recent flooding. Winter is pending and what is PennDOT doing in preparation? The erosion on the edges of the roads, commonly known as the shoulder from the abundance of water has left some areas with four to five feet drop offs.  Commissioner Alan Hall echoed the public's concern stating, "We are in crisis mode." Over ten million dollars in damage was done to the roads and bridges stated Commissioner Hall. Susquehanna County once had 170 PennDOT employees, that number has dwindled to 70. Commissioner Hall in response to the inquiry about the gas tax residents pay to repair the roads explained that the state formula is the monies from the gas tax goes to repairing and maintaining the roads. However, Susquehanna County has a population of 44,000. Towns with higher populations such as Philadelphia and Harrisburg have more roads to maintain, more residents paying taxes and a higher amount of traffic flow.

So, what's the answer?

Commissioner Hall urged residents of Susquehanna County to make their voices heard in Harrisburg. The Commissioner suggested residents call the Secretary of PennDOT in Harrisburg with their concerns about the conditions of the state roads in Susquehanna County. He also stated he has spoken to Harrisburg and PennDOT in regards to the safety of Susquehanna's roads.

A motion was passed to approve and adopt Resolution 2018-06 Susquehanna County Hazard Mitigation Plan, effective October 11, 2018. Up-to-date plans are an eligibility requirement under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to receive certain forms of non-emergency disaster funds.

"It is our obligation to preserve our town and heritage", stated Commissioner Hall in response to the work being done on the County Courthouse's clock tower. Removing the clock tower from the courthouse, which is the focal point of the County would be an even greater safety hazard and take away from the heritage of the county. Repairs must be done on county buildings before the repair costs become greater and the damage too extensive. Upgrades such as disability access to county buildings are required to be done. Building a new courthouse and abandoning the 200 year old building would cost residents of Susquehanna more than money.

$160.00 per day will be paid to two school resource officers recently hired for the Elk Lake School District and Forest City School District. The SROs will be used on a per diem basis and will be overseen by the Susquehanna District Attorney's office. Susquehanna County will be reimbursed 100 percent of the salary disbursed.

Motions were passed by the County Commissioners to recognize October as Bullying Prevention Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness month for 2018.

New hires were approved, including several correction officers by the Board. And, general expenses in excess of 400,000 dollars were also approved through motions by the Board.

The next scheduled meeting is on October 24, 2018.

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Oakland Borough Has Resignations

By Lillian Senko

Acting President Eric Page requested a moment of silence for all the first responders and troops after opening the Oakland Borough Council meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Minutes after the meeting started, Council along with Mayor Randy Glover and Code Enforcement Officer Shane Lewis, went into Executive Session after Councilman Dave Dibble questioned the hours Mr. Lewis submitted for payroll.

Councilman Gary Boughton resigned as President of the Parks Committee and nominated Councilwoman Christina Deakin to replace him. Council unanimously appointed Councilwoman Deakin as Parks Committee President.

Council President Brian Rhone sent a letter of resignation which was read at the meeting, and Councilman Ron Beavan motioned to accept the resignation, Councilman Dibble seconded the motion which was unanimously accepted by Council. With the resignation of Brian Rhone, Council will conduct restructuring of officers at next month's meeting.

Two candidates, Eric Brush and Valarie Senese expressed an interest in Council's vacant seat with the resignation of Brian Rhone. Council unanimously appointed Valarie Senese to fill the empty seat. The Mayor will swear in Ms. Senese as Councilwoman at the November meeting.

Parks Committee has plans for park clean up on October 21st and asked permission to use the tractor and the truck. The Committee will be meeting prior to the clean up to put together a list of tasks for the Volunteers.

Council unanimously approved a one hundred dollar donation to the Susquehanna County Library and permission for the Police Chief to purchase tires for the Ford Crown Victoria vehicle.

Chief John Creamer informed Council there is a Drug Drop Off scheduled for October 27th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Schneider's Market. Chief Creamer provided the Police Report for Oakland Borough and Township that consisted of twenty-nine incidents. Traffic stops, vandalism, medical, suspicious vehicle, suspicious person, PFA, fraud, erratic driver, welfare check, criminal mischief, smoke investigation, and lost and found property were incidents Officers responded to in the month of September.

Doug Arthur attended the meeting to inform Council Oakland Parks Recreation will have a Halloween Parade on October 31st, starting at 5:00pm. Council announced hours for Halloween; children are permitted to Trick or Treat from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the 31st.

Councilman Beavan stated he received information from the Susquehanna County Emergency Management with requirements for all Council members to have National Incident Management System (NIMS) training.

River Bounty had a meeting on Tuesday, October 9th and made a commitment of fifteen thousand dollars to be used towards demolition of the dam.

Councilwoman Deakin suggested adding meeting minutes to the website to provide information to residents who do not or cannot attend the monthly meetings. Secretary Florence Brush said a new person just offered to take over administration of the website and it would be a while before they were familiar with the operation.

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Signs Everywhere In Clifford Twsp.

By Kelly Burke

The Clifford Township Planning Board met at 6pm on October 9th. Drafting township Ordinances for signs displayed in and about Clifford Township was discussed by the Planning Board. After an extended discussion on other town's Ordinances and what the State's Ordinances were regarding size, hanging of signs, banners and political signs, it was decided by those in attendance to further research sign Ordinances and if Clifford Township needed to adopt Ordinances for the signs displayed in Clifford Township.

9-1-1 address sign issues were also raised. The Planning Board is currently considering mandating 9-1-1 address signs in Clifford Township be uniform. For example, adopting Ordinances to make the 9-1-1 address signs the same color and size to aid first responders in locating the correct address. Susquehanna County currently has no Ordinances mandating how to display 9-1-1 addresses, or what color and size they should be. However, the 9-1-1 address must be visible from the road.

Setting fees was on the agenda. However, the Planning Board decided to postpone talks on setting fees collected by the township until more research was done. The Board did agree they would speak about specific amounts at next month's meeting.

Board member Larry Wilson notified the Board he would be resigning at the end of the year. There was talk back and forth between the Board members on his replacement. Several names were mentioned, but none of them have been officially asked. The Board agreed to make a list of prospective candidates after contacting each about their availability and willingness to become a Board member.

The Planning Board meets the second Tuesday of the month.

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Stumbling Blocks In Susquehanna

By Lillian Senko

Susquehanna Borough's Solicitor Michael Briechle attended Council's meeting on October 10th to discuss several issues affecting the Borough. Code Enforcement has issued Notices of Violations and Citations against property owners, for their renters accumulating rubbish. Council President Roy Williams stated one property had thirty-six bags of trash that leads to another violation of rodent harborage.

Council said they would like to make changes to the current Rental Ordinance to state there will be no rental privileges given to the property until all fees are paid. There is significant cost to the Borough each time notices and citations are written and they would like to see these costs reimbursed before owners are permitted to rent out the property. Solicitor Briechle stated he would review the current Ordinance and make changes to reflect a required recoupment of cost.

President Williams stated they received only one bid for a fence, submitted by Keystone Fence for the Ira Reynolds Riverfront Park Project, but the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) require at least three bids. That is only one of the issues facing the installation of the fence, a stumbling block facing Council is a portion of the land the fence would be installed on is owned by the Susquehanna Fire Department. Solicitor Briechle has had conversations and will continue to have conversations with members of the fire department to allow them to have use of the land.

Land owned by the fire department is under a covenant by the Department of Environmental Protection and they will conduct maintenance on the land for the next thirty years, due to contamination. The land is useless to the fire company but valuable to the people who would be utilizing the park once completed. President Williams stated he is very hopeful they will be able to come to some type of agreement.

President Williams read a portion of a letter received from the Susquehanna Emergency Management Department regarding the 2018 Susquehanna County Hazardous Mitigation Plan. Council has the option to adopt the Susquehanna County's plan by resolution, or create one. After some discussion it was decided they would review the plan along with Solicitor Briechle then make a decision.

Department of Public Works (DPW) will be picking up leaves from October 15th through November 15th and residents must rake the leaves to the curb not into the roadway. Only leaves should be in the piles, no branches or debris stated President Williams.

Traffic signal boxes are located on the bank near the stairs across the street from the Post Office and the slope is shifting, causing the boxes to move down the hill. President Williams stated the Borough is responsible for maintenance of the boxes. Currently a cable is attached to keep them from sliding down the slope. He said they are in the process of obtaining quotes to move the boxes and they are asking engineers for recommendations on the best area to relocate them.

Mayor Nancy Hurley stated she had nothing to report except for the Police Report, which was presented by Chief John Creamer. Chief Creamer's report for the month of September consisted of Officers responding to sixty-two incidents relating to medical, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, domestic disputes, drugs, harassment, indecent exposure, stolen property, missing person, motor vehicle accident, parking violation, structure fire alarm, suspicious person, suspicious vehicle and vandalism.

Code Enforcement Report consisted of twenty-four Notice of Violations issued, thirteen Citations, one condemnation and one rental application.

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