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The Susquehanna County Rail Committee agreed unanimously last week to ask the Board of County Commissioners to enact a resolution that would elevate the committee to a rail authority.

The action follows the first recommendation offered by Clough, Harbour & Associates in its feasibility study of rail options in the county.

"The county should pursue the formation of a Rail Authority to act as the focus of rail transportation development," the feasibility study states. "The cost associated with the formation and operation of the Rail Authority will need to be initially subsidized by the county or through grants. The authority will provide a vehicle to facilitate public/private partnering to develop rail projects."

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Hallstead Hires Full-Time

Audience member Jeff Case addressed the Hallstead Boro council at their January 20 meeting, to request (official) permission to use the boro’s tax identification number for the BMX track his committee is putting in at the Route 11 park; a motion carried to approve.

Several people present related complaints about burning within the boro, particularly a noxious odor from burning plastic; it has not been determined where the odor is coming from. One possible origin is from a residence on William St. When more exact information is determined Mayor Canfield will address the matter.

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