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The Forest City Borough Council has under consideration some new ordinances aimed at improving the appearance of the borough, eliminating nuisances, and correcting potential health and environmental hazards.
The ordinances, which may be acted on in June, came on the heels of yet another plea from Mayor Nicholas Cost for residents to clean up around their homes and lawns. The mayor said only one unlicensed or non-inspected vehicle is allowable in backyards. He said any number of vehicles over one could be towed way by the borough.
“We also intend going after properties that have garbage piled up in backyards or on porches,” the mayor added. “We are going after this 100 percent.”
Mayor Cost said he is pleased that most homeowners do maintain clean yards and porches. But he added that some properties are a mess and need attention.
The Mayor further asked for an amendment to the borough’s pet ordinance that would make it mandatory for pet owners to remove animal feces from their yards. He said the ensuing odor spreads through the neighborhood.
In another aesthetic matter, Council approved a motion authorizing the Forest City Commercial Association to apply for a grant that would remove large trees from the downtown business district and replace them with dwarf trees. Council President Jim Lowry said some trees on Main Street will need to be cut down soon because high branches are creating problems with overhead power lines.
Council received a letter from Paul Mihelc, coordinator of the borough’s Emergency Management Agency, advising that the borough’s emergency operation plan has been updated in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
Mihelc said the plan’s format, as provided by PEMA, includes an operational checklist for each operational section chief mobilized during the activation of the emergency operation center. He also urged elected borough officials to play an integral part of the operation since they are responsible for the declaration of an emergency.
Susquehanna County Commissioner Mary Ann Warren attended the meeting and urged the council to consider a cleanup project in conjunction with the 2006 Susquehanna County Cleanup Campaign. She said projects can be any size and will start on April 22 and continue through May 20.
“I believe,” she said, “that others share my enthusiasm about the place where we live and I am hoping that you too will share my enthusiasm.”
Trehab is still looking for space to reestablish a food bank in the Forest City area.
“Being that we are nonprofit,” Dennis Phelps, executive director of Trehab, said in a letter to council, “we are looking for space that we could use for free. Our goal is to open the food bank once a week to help feed those in need.”
Any area residents with ideas on where Trehab might obtain some space for the food bank are urged to call Phelps at (570) 278-3338.
In its monthly report, Forest City Police Department responded to 315 calls in March and assisted 16 times to other police departments.
Two individuals were arrested during March for possession of a controlled substance and six were arrested for disorderly conduct. In addition, three harassment arrests were made and a total of six domestic incidents were investigated.
Lowry handed out a revised list of committee appointments as follows (first name is committee chair): Administration and Finance, Paul J. Amadio and Robert Trusky; Buildings/Grounds/Parks, Pat Coles and Mary Twilley; Public Works, Bernie Scalzo and Pat Coles; Personnel, Robert Trusky and Mary Twilley; and, Public Safety, Kelley Twilly and Paul J. Amadio.
The April meeting of the Great Bend Borough Council on the 6th opened, as it usually does, with comments from visitors. This time they heard a request to rename Memorial Park in honor of Lee Weigand, a local boy who died in Iraq last September with five other members of the 1st Battalion, 109th Mechanized Infantry of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Residents will be soliciting contributions toward a plaque or stone to be placed in the park at a dedication ceremony sometime this summer. Organizers want to include members of Specialist Weigand's Army unit once they have returned from deployment, as well as family members. Council honored the request, and the park will henceforth be known as Lee Weigand Memorial Park.
Local Life Scout Josh Neary also attended the meeting to ask Council to support a project to help him achieve Eagle rank. Council eagerly accepted the offer to paint the dugouts, concession stand and restrooms at Recreation Park. The Borough's maintenance employee, Alan Grannis, also offered to meet at the park with Mr. Neary to go over what will be done. Mr. Neary will have to find help and resources in the community, but Council offered to provide some assistance with paint and supplies. "I think we can help you out with that," said Councilman Mike Wasko.
The business meeting covered a typically chaotic agenda, including a request by Mr. Grannis for funds to replace the riverside fence in Recreation Park. He estimated the cost at between 800 and 900 dollars. Councilman Jerry MacConnell expressed some concern at the cost when there are so many other things the Borough needs. There was also some question as to how long a new fence might last in case of a heavy Spring flood. Mr. Grannis was asked to come to Council later with more detailed information.
The Borough won't have to pay for any of it, but at least the south end of town may eventually get an upgrade through the efforts of the Bridging Communities project. That initiative has been scaled back considerably from the original idea of improving and beautifying the entire stretch of U.S. Route 11 from the new Visitor Center north of Great Bend to the south end of Hallstead. Local municipalities simply couldn't come up with matching funds. The part now in prospect for Great Bend Borough would run approximately from Depot Street to Kilroy Street. Once approved locally, the plan must be submitted to the state for funding.
Another project that has been in the works for a while is a walking path that would serve all of the communities in the Great Bend-Hallstead area. Somewhat secretive at first, particularly about the location, the project has now been taken over by the American Legion on whose property it will be constructed, and will be funded through grants from the state.
The borough will definitely have to spend some money in its own parks. The Hallstead-Great Bend Joint Sewer Authority notified Council that the facilities in its two parks along the river will need shut-off valves installed to prevent flood water from entering the sewer system. There was some debate about how to do this for the least cost, especially since no one really knows where the lateral lines to the sewer are located.
Council is exasperated by the unwillingness of some property owners to maintain the appearance of their lots in the borough. Two of them have been issued letters demanding improvement, and, with no improvement apparently forthcoming, the matters will be sent along to District Justice Peter Janicelli.
The Northeast Pennsylvania Center for Independent Living offers training for municipal officials on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to Borough Secretary Sheila Guinan, the state is "cracking down" on ADA compliance, and has recently audited several facilities in the area. She said that such training is expected to become mandatory for all municipal officials statewide.
Some council members were also mildly exasperated by a letter from County Commissioner Mary Ann Warren asking the borough to participate in the "2006 Susquehanna County Clean- up," which designates the period from April 22 through May 20 as a time for municipalities to collect trash and litter. One council member remarked that perhaps prisoners in the county jail might be usefully employed on such a project.
The borough is already cleaning up on its own. Mr. Grannis remarked that borough residents deserve council's thanks for removing their cars from the streets so that winter's accumulation of gravel and other detritus could be swept up.
Council also voted to experiment with placing a dumpster at the borough garage where residents can deposit metal items they want to be rid of. Ms. Guinan, as a Supervisor in Great Bend Township, said the dumpster there cost the township nothing and has been very successful in collecting junk from residents. She couldn't guarantee that a dumpster in the borough would be cost free, but Council asked her to look into it and have one delivered if possible where it could be easily accessed by borough residents. Household trash and garbage, and hazardous materials of any kind will be prohibited.
As a result of an inquiry from New Milford about the pension fund remaining from the long-defunct joint police department, New Milford Borough officials and their attorney have been invited to the Great Bend Borough Council meeting on May 4 to discuss the issue. All such meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Building (the Blue Ridge Senior Center) at Elizabeth and Franklin Streets.
Great Bend Township Supervisors Sheila Guinan and Bob Squier heard complaints from neighbors of the Joan Long property at their April 3 meeting. The neighbors told of the health hazard posed by rimless tires, frequent sightings of rats, a number of (old) vehicles, and an “intolerable” accumulation of junk. They brought photos to support their complaint.
Mr. Squier responded that the supervisors are trying to do something about it, and are in the process of adopting an ordinance (No. 55) to deal with situations like this; copies of it are available for interested parties. He said that prior boards had tried other means to deal with it, even going to court; hopefully, this ordinance would be the means to be done with it. Mrs. Guinan concurred; the new ordinance would allow the township to clean it up, and charge her for it. All agreed that the property is an eyesore.
Roadmaster Terry Mroz gave a rundown of what has been done since the last meeting; working on Highlands Road, packing potholes, cleaning storm drains, mowing on Penny Hill, trimming brush, applying cold patch. “We’re trying to keep up,” he said, and he is keeping an eye on some problem areas where the spring thaw is adding to or creating runoff problems.
The supervisors will look into a driveway that was put in on Colwell Hill Road without a permit.
Correspondence reviewed included an invitation to attend a NIMS Compliance meeting in Montrose on April 12; Mr. Squier plans to.
The township will make its customary $200 donation to Blue Ridge Recreation for its Summer Adventure program.
Barnes-Kasson Emergency Medical Services requested that the supervisors pass a resolution recognizing them as a provider of Advanced Life Support Services in the township. On February 23 the board of Barnes-Kasson approved resuming operation of emergency medical services 24/7 and paramedic services, to begin as of April 7 and will offer enhanced cardiac and trauma care. The request included a sample resolution for the supervisors’ review.
Del Austin, a member of the board of the Hallstead-Great Bend Ambulance was in the audience. He expressed the wish that Barnes-Kasson had contacted the HGBA to let them know what their intentions are. “We do not wish to deprive the community of services. In fact, we think (this) will enhance the community,” he said. “We just want to know what their intentions are... The whole idea is to give the community the best ambulance service we can give it.” He asked that the matter be tabled for the time being until more information is available; the supervisors complied.
The township’s 2005 audit and financial report is completed and advertised as required.
As part of the 2006 Susquehanna County Cleanup, the township will be hosting its own effort. Through the county cleanup, registered groups can get free vests and garbage bags. Once the trash is collected and bagged, the state will pick it up at specified (state road) locations, provided notice is given. Mr. Austin and the local Boy Scout troop regularly clean certain areas, and will be doing so during this campaign. Saturday, May 6 will be designated as Great Bend Township Cleanup Day, and at least one other audience member volunteered to help. Anyone interested in adding to the roster of helping hands should contact Mr. Austin or the township office.
The supervisors were asked if they would consider getting a dumpster, perhaps once a year for residents to get rid of large household items; they said they would consider it. In the meantime, a dumpster is available for disposal of metal items at the township building (for township residents’ use).
Action on Ordinance 55 and opening of road material bids were to be conducted at the April 17 meeting. But, due to unforeseen circumstances it appears that none of the three supervisors will be available to meet on that date. A motion carried to cancel the April 17 meeting, and to act on the bids and the ordinance at the May 1 meeting.
During public comment, Mr. Mroz was complimented for the township’s well maintained roads in spite of a tough year, and for his prompt attention to problems.
And, yet more support was heard for Ordinance 55.
The next meeting will be on Monday, May 1, 7 p.m. in the township building.
Gudrun Pfister to Michael Coleman, Randolph, NJ, in Jackson Township, for $185,000.
Ralph Hugaboom (estate) to Florence Hugaboom, Union Dale, in Union Dale Borough and Ararat Township, for one dollar.
Forrest Williams (by sheriff), Melanie Williams (by sheriff) to Wells Fargo Financial PA Inc., Fort Mill, SC, in Clifford Township for $3,666.
Edward Greene III to Edward Greene III, Susquehanna, in Harmony Township for one dollar.
Donald J. Beemer Jr. to Billie Jean Beemer, Union Dale, Donald J. Beemer Jr., in Herrick Township for zero dollars.
Eugene A. Paumgardhen, Kathy Paumgardhen to Steven A. Loby Sr., New Milford, Mary K. Loby, in New Milford Township for $135,000.
Marian L. Muss to Kathleen M. Hankins, Brackney, in Silver Lake Township for $57,000.
Michael J. Onuska Sr. to Lauren J. Cooper, Lenoxville, in Hallstead for $66,000. ?
Peter M. Crist to Nancy Roth, Springville, in Springville Township for $52,500.
Paulette Kamor to Richard R. Giguere Jr., Exeter, RI, in Harmony Township for $21,000.
Marie E. Knight to Michael A. Barnes, Devizes, EN, in Silver Lake Township for $31,500.
Tina L. Horrocks (by sheriff), Jeffrey J. Horrocks (by sheriff) in Lenox Township to Pro Ko Properties Inc., Wyoming, PA, for $60,001.
Rebecca L. Wallace, Michael L. Wallace to Rebeca L. Wallace, Springville, in Dimock Township for one dollar.
Federal National Mortgage Assoc (aka) Fannimae to James Newcomb, RR1, Forest City, in Clifford Township for $66,000.
Ronald W. Anderson to Timothy Kuhn, Forest City, Sandra Kuhn, in Forest City for one dollar.
Ronald W. Anderson to Timothy Kuhn, Forest City, Sandra Kuhn, in Forest City for one dollar.
Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. (by POA) to Shawn R. Burns, RR2, Susquehanna, Julie D. Burns, in Susquehanna for $46,300.
Stephen L. Conboy, Edward D. Conboy, Shirley Conboy to Edward D. Conboy, RR5, Montrose, Shirley Conboy, in Middletown Township for one dollar.
Edward D. Conboy, Shirley Conboy to Stephen L. Conboy, RR5, Montrose, Megan Conboy, in Middletown Township for one dollar.
Edward D. Conboy, Shirlby Conboy to James Conboy, RR5, Montrose, Megan Conboy, in Middletown Township for $52,512.
William H. Blomberg Jr., Joan Bleuer Blomberg to Joan Bleuer Blomberg, Vero Beach, FL, in Silver Lake Township for one dollar.
Eugenie Kane (aka) Eugenie H. Kane to Peter Kane, RR2, Montrose, in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.
Superior Bank (by trustee) to Dolores Millard, Montrose, PA, in Montrose for one dollar.
Dennis A. Price, Anita Price to Joseph O. Mangin, Thompson; Amanda J. Mangin, in Thompson Borough for $95,000.
Raymon M. Heller to Don M. Burdick, RR2, Union Dale, in Union Dale Borough for $100.
Frank Mela, Ellen Mela, Brian Mela, to Brian Mela, in Herrick Township for one dollar.
Ronald A. Davis to William Kane, Great Bend, in Oakland Borough for $23,000.
Jullia Walter, Julia Beverly to John D. Julia, Edison, NJ, in New Milford Township for one dollar.
Dorothy Svecz to Gary Svecz, Forest City, Mark Svecz, John R. Svecz, Dorothy Svecz, in Forest City for one dollar.
Josephine Marie Cacossa (by sheriff) to Bank One, San Diego, CA, in Clifford Township, for $1,227.
Patricia Honigmann to Joseph Honigmann, Upper Jay, NY, in New Milford Township, for $48,000
Albert H. Stickney, Doris Stickney to Kenneth J. Luff, RR2, Montrose, Melanie Luff, in Choconut Township for one dollar.
Donna Cosmello to Sara M. Vanfleet, New Milford, in New Milford Township for $76,000.
Barbara A. Burrows (aka) Barbara Burrows (aka) Bonnie Burrows to Frank Kamarauskas Sr., RR4, Montrose, Frank Kamarauskas Jr., in Apolacon Township for $270,000.
Catherine A. Cornelius, Ethelyn V. Enos to Theresa A. Trzaska, Clarks Summit, Robert J. Trzaska, in Silver Lake Township for $325,000.
Will G. Talbert to Harold K. Scheirer III, Worristown, in Rush Township for $72,000.
Paul Abdalla (by Tax Claim Bureau), Susquehanna County Tax Claim Bureau to MOLT LLC, York, in Rush Township for $80,128.
Kenneth W. Hitchcock (by Tax Claim Bureau), Pamela J. Hitchcock (by Tax Claim Bureau), Susquehanna County Tax Claim Bureau to Edward W. Rupp, Jackson, in Rush Township for $4,864.
Paul Abdalla (by Tax Claim Bureau), Susquehanna County Tax Claim Bureau to James P. Halkias, Harrisburg, in Middletown Township for $4,971.
Conseco Finance Servicing Corp (nka by Tax Claim Bureau), USAA LP (by Tax Claim Bureau) Susquehanna County Tax Claim Bureau to Jeane M. Roe (nka), Susquehanna, in Susquehanna for $57,600.
Pauline K. Luce, Jeffrey Luce to John R. Luce Jr., RR2, Susquehanna, in Great Bend Township for $98,000.
Regina M. Hunt, Regina M. Hunt Andrascik, to Stephen J. Andrascik, Boulder City, NV, in Harford Township for one dollar.
Robert D. Pietromonaco, Veronica I. Pietromonaco to Gene P. Olechina, Scranton, Lynn M. Olechna, in New Milford Township for $155,000.
Edwin Hampton Shafer II (by atty TA), Anne D. Shafer (by atty in fact), George Carlton Shafer Jr. (TA), Louise H. Shafer, Camp Susquehannock to George Carlton Shafer Jr. (TA), Brackney, Louise H. Shafer, in Liberty Township for one dollar.
Edwin H. Shafer II, (by Atty), Anne D. Shafer, George C. Shafer Jr., Louise H. Shafer to George C. Shafer, Brackney, Louise Shafer in Silver Lake and Liberty townships for one dollar.
Wilbur C. Geiger, Beatrice R. Geiger to Stephen C. Geiger, RR1. Friendsville, in Forest Lake Township for $60,000.
Edwin Hampton Shafer II (by attorney TA), Anne D. Shafer, George Carlton Jr. (TA), Louise J. Shafer, Camp Susquehannock to Edwin Hampton Shafer, RR1, Brackney, Anne D. Shafer, in Liberty Township for one dollar.
Edwin Hampton Shafer II, (by attorney TA), Anne D. Shafer, George Carlton Jr., Louise H. Shafer to Camp Susquehannock Properties, RR1, Brackney, in Liberty Township for one dollar.
Bernadine A. Baron, Joseph C. Baron, Jill Baron to Margaret Hulme, Forest City, in Forest City for $84,000. ?
Edward E. Mikolon to Jennifer Mikolon, Herrick Center, Christophere Mikolon, in Herrick Township for one dollar.
Rose E. Potter to Thomas A. Potter, RR1, Starrucca, in Thompson Township for one dollar.
Thomas J. O’Reilly to Clyde H. Booth, Troutman, NC, Susan M. Booth, in Springville Township for $92,000.
O'Malley Family Limited Partnership to Robert C. Hayes, Springville, Lois J. Hayes, in Montrose for $132,500.
William A.M. Truesdell (estate, aka) William Truesdell (Estate) to Joseph E. Adams, Laurie A. Adams, Ft. Myers, FL., in Silver Lake Township for $450,000.
Earl E. Whitmore (by tax claim), Alice J. Whitmore (by tax claim), Susquehanna County Tax Claim Bureau to Teresa Marie Hull, Endicott, NY, in Great Bend Borough for $3,000.
David D. Florance, Lynette S. Florance to Joseph P. Demchak, RR2, Meshoppen, Billie S. Demchak, in Auburn Township for $165,000.
Frank H. Holtsmaster, Kaye E. Holtsmaster to Michael Holtsmaster, Gibson, Shaun Holtsmaster, in Gibson Township for $100,000.
Vincent Borgonsoli, Margaret Borgonsoli (nbm) Margaret Farrell, Robert Farrell to Nicola Borgonsoli, Waymart, in Ararat Township for one dollar.
Randy Estabrook, Joni Jesse to Christopher G. Bronson, New Milford, in New Milford Borough for $75,000.
Eric J. Bean, Jackie Bean to Cheryl A. Harris, Columbia, NJ, in Gibson Township for $125,000.
Richard Sadowski to Peter W. Sadowski, Brackney, John P. Sadowski, in Apolacon Township for one dollar.
Sarah C. Smith, Michael J. Smith to Paul R. Clemens, Pittsburgh, Karen C. Dennis, in Great Bend Borough for $43,334.
Byron D. Lesjack (aka) Byron Lesjack, Carol J. Lesjack to Richard K. Hacker, Hallstead, PA, Ava J. Hacker, in Great Bend and Liberty townships.
M. Kimbel Harwood, Kathleen L. Harwood to Thomas M. Norville, Devon, Sharon L. Norville, in Bridgewater Township for $235,000.
Edward R. Wilkins, Frank E. Wilkins, Alisa Aponte Wilkins, Richard William Wilkins Jr., Sarah Wilkins to Robert A. Delucia, Washington Crossing, in Harford Township for $312,000.
Carl F. Pease, Ethel D. Pease to Christopher A.W. Bell, Sewell, Sheri L. Bell, in Franklin Township for $80,000.
Green Tree Consumer Discount Co. to Harold Davenport, Harford, in Harford Township for $66,000.
Benjamin L. Gregory and Jillian Haley Savey, both of Montrose.
Jeremy Philip Hunsinger, Meshoppen, and Shaunay Marie Delhagen, Montrose.
Aaron Thomas Rider and April Lynn Streznetchy, both of Susquehanna.
Daniel R. Wilbur Jr., Montrose, and Josephine Maria Littman, Hop Bottom.
Warren J. Hall and Barbara Lee Ellis, both of Brackney.
Michael Wesley Basil and Misty Dawn Criswell, both of Susquehanna.
Thomas James Keenan and Kylie Anne O’Reilly, both of Friendsville.
Robert George Manley, Wyalusing, and So Young Park, Seoul, Korea.
Stephan C. Lewis and Mallory Ann Alexander, both of Schenectady, NY.
Carl Elliott King and Margaret Estrella, both of Brackney.
Tyrone Beansley and Candace Carpenter, both of Montrose.
Donna Marie Yarrison, Great Bend, vs. David Scott, Great Bend. Wed in 1997.
Kellie McGuane, Susquehanna, vs. Richard P. McGuane, Binghamton, NY. Wed in 1998.
Angelia M. Wolfe, Hallstead vs. Melvin E. Wolfe Jr., Kirkwood, NY. Wed in 1991.
Daniel J. Snyder, Susquehanna, vs. Karen E. Snyder, Windsor, NY. Wed in 1984.
Casey M. Porter, New Milford, vs. Sherman D. Porter, Hallstead. Wed in 2002.
Susan M. Petriello, Susquehanna, vs. Vincent J. Petriello, Royersford. Wed in 1998.
Ami Chandanais, Brackney, vs. Donald Chandanais, Endicott, NY. Wed in 2003.
Paul M. Stephens, RD 1, Susquehanna, vs. Maureen M. Stephens, RR2, Thompson. Wed in 1993.
Stephen R. Carpenter, New Milford, vs. Margaret L. Carpenter, Lawrenceville. Wed in 1994.
The New Milford Borough Council started off their meeting, April 6, with community concerns of residents parking on sidewalks, as well as a potential drug problem right on Main Street.
Several concerns were voiced about apartment tenants parking their vehicles on the front yard and sidewalk of 256 Main Street. Council members decided to inform PENNDOT, as well as the codes officer, to notify the apartment’s owner that they could possibly be damaging water and sewer lines, as well as the actual sidewalk by parking on it.
There is also fear of a potential drug problem right on Main Street. Council Member Teri Gulick reported that several people have witnessed suspicious activity at the apartment, suggesting possible drug activity at night, with multiple vehicles stopping by for only a short time. There are also reports that at least three children live in the apartment, which may be in potential danger. Council decided to closely look into these reports, and plans on contacting the State Police, as well as Children and Youth Services.
Several residents have notified council that new vandalism is starting to appear in the borough, as well as two new signs without a permit. Both are being looked into.
One resident told council that there is concern in the borough that there may be an improvised halfway house on Old Harford Road. Mayor Joe Taylor cleared up the confusion, telling council that the owner is inviting these few people only as temporary guests, that he has no intentions of creating a halfway house.
A few hot topics of the night included how the prices of building permits in the borough are justified, as well as a sewer expansion in the future. Council members say that the New Milford Borough is still working with COG, so the building permit fee is out of their hands, although they are still looking into the situation. There was also concern about Lakeside’s interest in the New Milford Sewer system. Although nothing is on paper, there is recent talk of connecting the borough’s sewer system to a future system at Page’s Lake. Several in attendance were under the impression that there was interest in creating a sewer system in Lakeside, which would be pumped through New Milford to Great Bend, but council reaffirmed that this was only an idea.
Other items discussed included a complaint about siding hanging off “Family Consignment” as well as the need for permanent siding on the borough’s shed, costing $200, which was approved. Members also announced that they will again be donating $150 towards Blue Ridge Summer Adventures.
Mayor Joe Taylor recommended that council review Great Bend’s nuisance ordinance, possibly to use as an outline for a future borough ordinance. Council was also updated on the issue at the Bickell property, 159 Main Street. They announced that Bickell only obtained permits for his garage, and applied for a variance of the apartments after they were actually built. Members stated that he is definitely in violation, and has decided to prepare for likely taking this to court. Council also announced that there is a District Court Open House Thursday, April 13, from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the District Court, located on Route 11 (previously the Orange Roof).
There was also discussion about Blue Ridge Parks Association’s policy for hiring pool lifeguards. Several residents recommended having background checks done on lifeguards, since there is a possibility of hiring a pedophile or any other form of public danger without knowing it. Although many agreed at first, it was noted that a majority of the applying lifeguards are under eighteen, which would not allow for a background check. Council continued their discussion about safety at the pool; how many lifeguards are usually on duty and how often the manager is working. Council plans on working with the Parks Association to have everything ready by the Memorial Weekend, when they plan to open the pool.
Recently, Lackawanna College has announced that they are looking into opening a satellite school somewhere in Susquehanna County. At a recent meeting, many suggested that the school be located in New Milford, since it has easy access and a history of many local teenagers attending secondary schools, usually Broome Community College. Lackawanna College says that it is currently looking to lease, but hopes to be ready for classes this fall. Borough council decided to send a letter to the college thanking them for their interest, and recommending they chose a location in New Milford. Residents were optimistic, with several commenting that it would likely be a more popular choice than BCC for local residents, since it is closer and usually has lower tuition rates.
Council also stated that the New York resident that purchased the Old Southern Tier Plastics Building has interest in utilizing the facility into an organic ice-cream factory. Members said that she has not yet had the building inspected, or applied for any permits, but she plans on doing so in the near future.
The next council meeting will be on May 4, 7 p.m. in the New Milford Borough building.
Though the community turnout was disappointing, all board members had been present for the April 3 meeting of the Montrose Area School Board, with Ms. Mary Homan arriving late. In addition, Rickie Clapper, Supervisor of Facilities and Transportation, Greg Adams, Lathrop School Principal, James Tallarico, Montrose High School Principal, and Christopher McComb, Choconut Valley Principal were also present.
Starting off the meeting, Mr. Michael Ognosky, Superintendent, proudly announced that this is the second year that the Elementary School has been honored by the Keystone Awards.
Unanimous approval was given regarding the minutes for the following prior meetings: March 13 Board Meeting, March 13 Work Session, March 20 Special Board meeting, March 20 Finance Committee Meeting, March 23 Extra Curricular Committee Meeting, and March 27 Finance Committee Meeting .
The following motions regarding financial issues were approved unanimously by the board: a list of current bills to be paid; exoneration from payment of per capita and/or occupation taxes as per submitted list from G.H. Harris Associates, collector of delinquent taxes; the January and February 2006 Treasurer’s Reports; and a list of 22 Fund bills to be paid (including the cost of new book cases, desks, phone systems, a new mascot, landscaping, new panel work, and a new intercom system in the fitness room, with a remaining balance of $67,198.80). Board Member Chris Caterson brought up a concern regarding putting in an air-conditioning unit in the fitness room. Mr. Clapper stated that because there are no windows in the fitness room, a roof unit would have to be installed. The estimated cost of this would be $9000-$12,000. This issue will be further discussed at next month’s board meeting.
The board approved unanimously to grant permission to Timothy Legg Busing to update bus #25 for the remainder of the 2005-2006 school year as submitted. Board member, Mr. Caterson, asked why the bus size was being increased. Mr. Clapper responded that air brakes are needed and only come in that size bus and also it is projected that 15 new homes are being built in the area in which that bus covers.
The following coach positions were approved unanimously by the board, contingent upon completion of the employment requirements: Eric Stallings as Assistant Junior High Basketball coach at a salary of $1,300 effective the beginning of the 2006 spring sports season, and Mathew Timm as Assistant Varsity Football Coach at a salary of $2,280 effective the beginning of the 2006 fall sports season. Regretfully, a motion was approved unanimously regarding the resignation of Dean Brewer as Assistant Wrestling Coach, effective immediately. Mr. Kenneth Gould, President, then announced that a track coach position will be posted as of April 6.
Motions were approved unanimously by the board regarding the changes to both the 2006-2007 Junior-Senior and Elementary Student/ Parent Handbooks. With the recommendation of board member James Blachek to add to the calendar the make-up days that would be used in the event of a snow day, a motion was also approved unanimously to go ahead with the new 2006-2007 school calendar with these days noted. The subject of the new business cards by the Graphic Arts Department will be further discussed next month.
The following personnel positions and resignations were approved unanimously by the board:
Employment of Diane Monteforte as a Learning Support Instructional Aide at the Lathrop Street Elementary School retroactive to March 30, contingent upon her completion of all necessary employment requirements at a hourly rate of $7.39 for a maximum of 6 ½ hours per day for 180 student days (in accordance with the current M.E.S.P.A Agreement). Employment of Karen VanEtten as a daily support staff substitute effective immediately contingent upon employment requirements. The Resignation of Nancy Porter, cook at the Junior Senior High School. The cook position has been posted as of April 4.
With much regret, the following resignations, effective at the end of the 2005-2006 school year, by teachers in the Junior-Senior High School for the purpose of retirement were accepted: Marianne Scott, French; Jeffrey Cornell, Business; Mary Ann Michael Cunningham, Social Studies; and Jo Ann Leonard, Social Studies. This brings the total of retiring teachers this year to nine.
The Work Session immediately followed the Board Meeting. Mr. James Tallarico, Montrose High School Principal, Mr. Grey Adams, Lathrop Street High School Principal and Mr. Christopher McComb Choconut Valley Principal all expressed that the PSSA testing for the seventh, eighth and eleventh graders appeared to be very positive. The test results will be in sometime around late August or early September. Mr. McComb also stated that the Spring Fair that took place at Choconut had a good turnout. A presentation was also given by Bill Johnson from Roofing Resources regarding the need for a new roof on the Junior-Senior High School. The present roof was installed in the mid 80's and a new roof is desperately needed. Two plans were presented, with both at a cost of around $1.25 million (which does not include the cost needed to replace the existing flashing system, which will be approximately another $150,000). A motion was approved to move forward with this.
The following future public board meetings are scheduled to take place in the Junior-Senior Cafeteria: Finance Committee Meetings, Monday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. and April 24, 8:00 p.m.; School Board meeting, Monday May 8, at 6:30, followed by the Work Session.
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