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Raymond Cox, Jr., 60, Franklin Township, and Debra Fitzpatrick, 51, Franklin Township.
Guy E. Vandermark to Paul Kelly in Dimock Township for surface mining activities on Dec. 19.
Frederick Albe & Maryellen Albe to Francis J. McAndrew & Judy C. McAndrew in New Milford Township for $199,000 on Dec. 11.
E. A. Dixon, Jr. and Margaret Cortright Dixon to Quentin J. Kraynak and Denise M. Kraynak in Rush Township for $26,900 on Dec. 16.
Brian F. Pritchard and Sharon E. Pritchard to George Place in Auburn Township for $167,000 on Dec. 16.
Joseph G. McGee to Joseph G. McGee and McGee Irrevocable Grantor Trust, Kelly Arocho and Shawna Monaghan, Co-Trustees, in Jackson Township for $1 on Dec. 16.
Jeremy Saylor to Jason C. Saylor in Auburn Township for $1 on Dec. 1. Robert M. Saylor to Jason C. Saylor in Auburn Township for $1 on Nov. 26.
Jason C. Saylor and Danielle N. Saylor to Jonathan R. Brown and Melissa S. Brown in Auburn Township for $138,000 on Dec. 18.
Paul Pashchuk and Beverly Pashchuk to Paul M. Pashchuk, Jr. in Lathrop Township for $1 ogvc on Dec. 9.
Carol E. Brown and Gerald R. Brown and Todd G. Groover and Betsy Groover to Jean F. Groover in Montrose Borough for $1 on Nov. 13.
Jean F. Groover to David M. VanDuren in Montrose Borough for $63,000 on Dec. 17.
Ordie E. Price and Aline J. Price to Ordie E. Price and Aline J. Price in Lenox Township for $1 ogvc on Dec. 18.
Barton Earl to Iris C. Olszewski and Roy M. Olszewski in Bridgewater Township for $13,900 on Dec. 3.
Wachovia Bank, National Association to Phyllis Empett in Hallstead Borough for $50,000 on Nov. 26.
Harold E. Bishop and Ona Mae Bishop to Rodolfo I. Godinez and Marye H. Godinex in Harmony Township for $29,000 on Dec. 8.
George M. Baker II and Nancy Baker to Fred B. Baker III and Rebecca J. Baker in Auburn Township for $10,000 on Sept. 2.
DEP to Envirocycle, Inc. in Great Bend Township for contractual consent of landowner for a general permit on Dec. 22.
Lynda A. Nugent and Charles K. Porter, as Executors of the Estate of Charles A. Porter, to Tir Na' nO'g, LLC in New Milford Township for $1 on Oct. 14 (two parcels).
Mary T. Bodnar to Kevin J. Glosenger in Forest City Borough for $45,000 on Dec. 18.
Richard B. Margerison and Pauline S. Margerison to Richard B. Margerison in Thompson Township for $1 on Dec. 10.
PennDOT to Dean & Valerie Johnson in Oakland Township for highway occupancy permit on Dec. 22.
Gordon R. LaBarre to Gordon N. LaBarre in Oakland Township for $1 on Dec. 22.
Roger D. Bennett and Elizabeth S. Bennett to Janis E. Captain in Lenox Township for $30,000 on Dec. 9.
Pennsylvania Electric Company to George E. Mowry and Patricia M. Mowry in Auburn Township for easement on Dec. 11.
Pennsylvania Electric Company to Rodney L. Mowry and Dianna G. Mowry in Auburn Township for easement on Dec. 11.
Susquehanna Home Center to Dale Howell Enterprises, Inc. in Susquehanna Borough for $5,000 on Dec. 19.
Shelba Carpenter to Dale Howell Enterprises, Inc. in Susquehanna Borough for $11,000 on Dec. 15.
Christopher Corack, Edward T. Corack and Olive Corack, Edward W. Corack, by and through Dorothy Corack, their attorney-in-fact and Dorothy Corack, individually, to Dorothy Corack and Edward T. Corack in Gibson Township for $1 ogvc on Dec. 15.
Catherine V. Fish to Kenneth E. Smith Jr. and Gertrude M. Holland in Montrose Borough for $1 on Dec. 22.
David T. Baker, Jr. and Wendy D. Baker to Thomas P. McNamara and Catherine J. McNamara in Oakland Township for $75,000 on Dec. 18.
Walton G. Dahlander to Richard A. Zick, II in New Milford Borough for $45,000 on Dec. 22.
Frances I. Mallery to Charles H. Callahan in Oakland Borough for $38,700 on Dec. 17.
Roger D. Bennett and Elizabeth S. Bennett to David A. Schwick and Janet L. Klein in Lenox Township for $19,500 on Dec. 9.
Herbert H. Detweiler and Debra I. Detweiler to Robert C. Wert and Grace E. Wert in Montrose Borough for $70,000 on Dec. 22.
Edward R. O'Brien to Final Phase, LLC, in Rush Township for $1 ogvc on Nov. 14.
Sondra Stine, Attorney-in-fact for Benjamin F. Stine, to Freda L. Pratt in Lenox Township for $35,000 on Dec. 19.
Lance M. Benedict, Sheriff, to Manzek Land Company, Inc. in Rush Township for $85,001 (transfer tax paid on fair market value of $122,931) on Dec. 2.
Kathy Olszewski to Lee S. Gunn and Nova S. Gunn in Franklin Township for $130,000 on Dec. (no day given).
Daniel Castiglione and Deborah L. Colvin, nbm Deborah L. Colvin-Stoppard and Robert Stoppard to Daniel Castiglione in Bridgewater Township for $1 (transfer tax paid on half the fair market value of $141,219) on Dec. 17.
Nelson Crawford and Erma R. Crawford to Eric D. Mudge in Dimock Township for $1 ogvc on Dec. 23.
Paul P. Michalko and Eleanor J. Michalko to Paul P. Michalko in Harford Township for $1 ogvc on Dec. 19.
Brian Gardner, Executor of the Estate of Patricia A. Gardner and Brian Gardner, individually, and Jodi Daniels and Scott Daniels, Mary J. Butler & John Butler, Francis Murphy & Suzanne Murphy and Dennis J. Murphy & Stephanie Murphy to Brian Gardner in Silver Lake Township for $1 (transfer tax paid on fair market value of $7,987.70) on Nov. 28.
Robert M. Squier and Maryjane Squier and Jennifer Squier Van Sprang nbm Jennifer Brant and John Brant to Thomas McGraw, Jr. and Brenda K. McGraw in Great Bend Borough for $17,900 on Nov. 17.
Michael J. Greene and Jo-Ellen S. Greene to Countryside Conservancy in Thompson Township for conservation easement and declaration of restrictive covenants on Dec. 15.
Brenda L. Ognosky and Michael F. Ognosky to Larry Proof in Bridgewater Township for $57,000 on Dec. 17.
Lance M. Benedict, Sheriff, to The Bank of New York in Susquehanna Depot Borough for $4,229.58 on Dec. 24.
Joseph P. Watkins to Joseph Brilla in New Milford Township for $1 (transfer tax paid on total consideration of $12,234.82) Dec. 17.
Curtis L. Eshbaugh and Pamela M. Eshbaugh and John P. Mocniak and Lori L. Mocniak to Curtis L. Eshbaugh and Pamela M. Eshbaugh and John P. Mocniak and Lori L. Mocniak in Apolacon Township for $1 on Dec. 24.
Raymond Cwikla and Geraldine Cwikla to Raymond Cwikla and Geraldine Cwikla, Kevin M. Smith and Teresa L. Smith and Gerald Derham and Phyllis Derham in Silver Lake Township for $15,052 on Nov. 17.
Patricia L. Fama and Joseph R. Fama to Joseph K. Krimmell, II in Jackson Township for $75,000 on Dec. 8.
John June, Jr., Phillip June, Jr. and Gina June, and William H. Haas and Sandra Haas to Anthony McHugh in Forest Lake Township for $5,810 on Dec. 17.
Patricia Peltz to Clyde Seamans in Clifford Township for bluestone mining operation on June 17.
Patrick Kubus Lock and Darryl W. Lock to Lindley L. Rood in Lenox Township for surface mining activities on Dec. 29.
Pennsylvania Electric Company to William A. II and William A. III and Edward Burke in Auburn Township for easement on Dec. 23.
Irene Welch to Dale Henry and Trudy Henry in Great Bend Township for $1 on Dec. 23.
Oakland Boro Council met for a special meeting on December 29; vice president Chad Crawford presided in the absence of president Ron Beavan. Also present were council members Doug Arthur, Leon Dubanowitz, Cynthia Beavan and Bob VanFleet, secretary Flo Brush and mayor Art Towner.
The first order of business was to approve the final paperwork to refinance the water system loan. Mr. Crawford explained that the balance on the loan is $298,000; the agreement had been drawn up for a total of up to $332,000. After some discussion, it was agreed to include the cost of sealing the water tank, expected to cost between $12,000-$15,000; this project would need to be undertaken some time in the next year or so. A motion carried to include the cost of the sealing to the balance total. And, a motion carried to adopt the ordinance required to accept the loan.
In a related subject, Mr. Crawford recommended that council consider offering an incentive to residents who pay their water fees yearly, rather than quarterly. Perhaps a discount could be offered to those who opt to pay yearly, as this will decrease the administrative (billing) costs related to those customers. Council agreed to discuss it further at a regular meeting.
A motion carried to accept the 2004 budget as presented, as well as the ordinance required to levy the general purpose and occupational taxes.
Mr. Crawford reported that council has been notified that the owner of the Foote property has requested an extension on a court order to clean up; at a hearing in September, the court had ordered that all debris be removed within forty days, and the structure be removed within sixty days. Reportedly some cleanup has been done, but further work has been delayed due to weather and/or health problems. It was agreed to discuss the matter further at councils next meeting.
At the close of the meeting, Mr. Crawford asked Mr. Towner if he had reconsidered his resignation, tendered earlier in the month, to be effective January 1. Mr. Towner responded that he was uncomfortable with changing his mind, as he usually sticks with a decision once it has been made. But, he said, "just about everyone in Oakland" has asked him to stay on as mayor, "Ill stay if you want me to." Councils consensus was that Mr. Towner should remain mayor for the coming term.
Before adjourning, Mr. Arthur asked about a plugged ditch that has been a continuing problem, causing water to overflow and freeze on the road. It was tabled to be discussed further at the January 5 meeting.
Oakland Boro Council was scheduled to meet on Monday, January 5, for their reorganizational meeting, as well as their regular monthly meeting.
Community Forum On Tourism Set
Following the success of the first "Community Forum" on zoning in November, the Susquehanna County Planning Commission will conduct its second public forum. Tourism in Susquehanna County will be the topic on Wednesday evening, January 14, beginning at 7:00 in the County Office Building Conference Room, 31, Public Avenue, Montrose.
The countys recently adopted Comprehensive Development Plan Update shows tourism as the countys second largest industry. It is also Pennsylvania's second largest industry. But, what is tourism? How are tourism dollars measured? Why do tourists visit the county? What are the costs and benefits of tourism for the county? What would increased tourism do to the countys rural character? Can tourism help improve the local economy?
The county intends to promote tourism as an economic development strategy, as detailed in the Comprehensive Plan Update. The Plan Update states: To be effective a comprehensive tourism strategy and marketing plan must be the product of public input and consensus. For that reason it is important for the public to attend this next Community Forum and share views, experiences, and questions.
For more information, contact the Susquehanna County Department of Planning at (570) 2784600 ext. 290.
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