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Friday, April 21, 2017

GALETON BOROUGH COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING APRIL 12, 2017

The Galeton Borough Council held their regular meeting this date in the Borough Office with the following members present: Michael J. Messino, Doug Droppa, Rob Pflug, Ron Tarabori, Joseph Petrenscik and Denny Dean.

Others present were Mayor Salvadge; Chief Brackman; Solicitor-Michael Plummer; Foreman-Tom Smith; Route 6 Alliance-Terri Dennison; Galeton Rotary President-Joseph Sutton; Citizens-Beth Lounsbury, Vince Miller, Keith Chase, Joe Ayers and Borough Secretary-Andrea Caracciolo

President Messino called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM followed by the Pledge to the Flag.

Minutes
After reviewing a motion was made by Doug Droppa, seconded by Rob Pflug approving the 3/8/17 minutes as presented. All were in favor, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report
After reviewing and discussing a motion was made by Doug Droppa, seconded by Joe Petrenscik approving the treasurer’s report for March/April 2017 as presented. All were in favor, motion carried.

Citizens Participation
Joseph Sutton attended the meeting as Rotary President to present a picture of the Woodsmen’s Show Banner that they asked permission to hang off the Welcome to Galeton signs. Council approved of the banner. A motion was made by Joe Petrenscik, seconded by Doug Droppa giving Rotary permission to hang a 4’ X 12’ banner under the word GALETON on each Welcome to Galeton sign from June 30th until after the Woodsmen’s show August 7th. All were in favor, motion carried.

Beth Lounsbury attended the meeting to keep updated on the beautifying of Galeton

Keith Chase and Joe Ayers attended the meeting representing the Potter County Visitor’s Association asking Council permission to have a concert in John J. Collins Memorial Park July 28th. They have done this in the past at the Wellsville airport so they have all the bases covered; their own liability insurance with Galeton Borough as a rider; their own security; and their own clean-up crew. They also agreed to pay for the use of electric and water in the park during the concert.
A motion was made by Rob Pflug, seconded by Ron Tarabori giving them permission to use the park for the concert. All were in favor, motion carried.

Terri Dennison attended the meeting representing the Rt. 6 Alliance. She had a couple things to present to Council, the first being statewide regarding the Rt. 6 Bike Rt. Y. It is from Ohio to Potter, McKean and Bradford Counties. The first phase study is completed to the McKean County line. The second phase is the Potter, McKean and Bradford County Study. There will be public hearings and she said that the Council needs to be involved.

The second being regional which was the PA Wilds awarded a faƧade grant program to Potter, McKean and Warren Counties. It is for Heritage communities to improve their downtowns. The maximum is a $5,000 matching grant. The Rt. 6 Alliance is managing the grant.

Finally she presented a video for Council to watch that was concerning the Dark Skies and Galeton being the Gateway to the Stars. The intention of the Rt. 6 Alliance and the Galeton Development Corporation is to get Galeton noticed as the Gateway to the Stars to get the tourists travelling to Cherry Springs to stop in Galeton on their way to help boost our economy.
She told Council that last year over 60,000 tourists travelled to Cherry Springs for the Dark Skies. 20,000 of those were non-astronomers. Cherry Springs is getting National Attention and we need to get the tourists to notice Galeton.

Committee Report
Doug Droppa reported on the site visit that he and Joe Petrenscik made to Randy Ferguson’s old depot bldg. on West Street. Randy had received a letter for non-compliance to the Borough’s dangerous structure ordinance and he wanted to know what he had to do to be in compliance. He was told that if he took down all the old soffit that was hanging and clean up all the debris and building materials laying around the building he would be in compliance. Randy had agreed to these terms. Council agreed with the committee’s recommendations and Randy has sixty days to do the above and get into compliance.

Mayor
The Mayor questioned Chief Brackman on the part-time budget and why it was over as to where it should be at the end of the 1st Qtr. Officers have had hearings to attend in addition to their patrol hours.

There was a lengthy discussion on the drug situation in the Borough. Council and Mayor told the Chief that it is time he get more aggressive.

Chief Brackman presented his monthly report after which there was a very lengthy discussion. The report had the following:

Traffic citations – 19
Traffic warnings - 8
Non-traffic citations – 2

Foreman
Tom told Council that part of the computer board has went in the backhoe. $1700.00 to repair and that the oil in the tires need to be changed every 500 hours and hasn’t been done. A mechanic from Stephenson is coming to the garage to do all of the above.

Tom told Council that the roller needs to be repaired that it is a great piece of equipment and they have needed it for patching. Tom is to look into getting it repaired.
A motion was made by Joe Petrenscik, seconded by Rob Pflug to have the roller repaired and not to exceed $4,000.00. All were in favor, motion carried.

Tom also asked Council if they would start thinking of purchasing a new dump truck. Ours is ten years old now and starting to take an excessive amount of money to be repaired.

Tom also told Council that almost all of the dam boards have been drilled by the school’s shop classes. A new date to begin the repairs was discussed. It was decided it was going to wait until after the 4th of July. Repairs should start July 10th depending on the water level at the time.

The construction of a driveway on School Street was brought up. The secretary is to call the Conservation District to come and inspect it.

Resolutions
A motion was made by Joe Petrenscik, seconded by Ron Tarabori adopting Resolution 4 of 2017 giving the support to have all police departments permitted to use radar for traffic control in the state of Pennsylvania. All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Ron Tarabori, seconded by Joe Petrenscik adopting Resolution 5 of 2017 supporting changes made to House Bill No. 290 referencing no monetary limits to prizes awarded from a small games of chance license. All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Rob Pflug, seconded by Joe Petrenscik adopting Resolution 6 of 2017 opposing the elimination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies in Pennsylvania. All were in favor, motion carried.

Ordinances
A motion was made by Joe Petrenscik, seconded by Ron Tarabori adopting Ordinance 368 of 2017 ordaining Henry Lush Lane as a Borough street. All were in favor, motion carried. The Borough will now receive Liquid Fuel money for the maintenance of this street into the park.

Old Business
Rob Pflug brought up a discussion on the Code Enforcement report.

New Business
Rob discussed having a clean-up day in the Borough. The secretary is to look into the cost of having a clean-up day.

Mike Plummer gave a brief run down on what John Hartman is planning in the Borough. John is starting a touring business in the Borough. He will have tours to the dark skies at Cherry Springs, the Grand Canyon, the Lumbermen’s Museum, the Austin Dam and a historical tour of Galeton. He is trying to purchase the old Osgood building. This is great for Galeton.

Mike also made a request to the Council of eliminating the 2-hour parking on Main Street. He said this hinders tourists to park there to go to the businesses that are on Main Street because they have to keep track of the time.
Council agreed to remove it.

Bills
A motion was made by Doug Droppa, seconded by Rob Pflug to pay the bills for the month of April 2017. All were in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Denny Dean, seconded by Doug Droppa to adjourn. All were in favor, motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:52 PM.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

So the boro is going to fix the dam by having some kids drill the boards in shop class? What about that $115,000 they want to pay some consultant to stack the deck in their foolish efforts to keep a damn dam that never should have been built in the first place? Can't we ever learn from the past?

Anonymous said...

Is there any way this expensive study to give them ammo for their "save the lake" nonsense can be stopped? Who are the elected officials who say yes or not to that wasteful spending and political scheme? Ask the people who understanding the importance of the ecosystem and natural flow of the West Branch of Pine Creek what they think of the town damming the water when there is no flood protection benefit but just a reflecting pool for fireworks and a growing mud pit as sediment backs up here, which is what sediment does when you block water's natural flow.

Friend said...

Fish ladder and a gate in the middle and North side by dike.