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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Galeton Development Corp. met on Thursday at the Brick House Deli. 15 members were present with President Joe Pagano presiding.

The Galeton Development Corp. met on Thursday at the Brick House Deli. 15 members were present with President Joe Pagano presiding.

Community reports were given by the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. Many on going activities are, as usual, being carried out by these organizations for the good of the community.

B.J. Lowther, Cole Memorial Hospital, reported that a physician who has a cabin in Potter Co. contacted Cole about looking in to the possibility of coming to Galeton. Also, a nurse practitioner has also contacted the hospital with an interest in the Galeton Health Center.

Mike Plummer gave an update on the new water/sewer line project in the Clintontown area. This is an very large project that will span several years. First the bridge across the South Branch will be replaced along with relocating the sewer line across the stream. Mike also reported that the borough crew is upgrading the sewage treatment plant. The water tank on the north hill overlooking Galeton will eventually have to be replaced or repaired. This too is a major project. Chesapeake Energy has received approval to drill in the Wetmore Run area. Hopefully this will be done in a way to protect Galeton's water supply.

Superintendent Brenda Freeman gave an excellent update on activities at the Galeton Area Schools. The boys basketball team went all of the way to the state finals. Quite an amazing achievement for the state's second smallest school district. The town is very proud of the team and coaches. This was obviously apparent at the huge outpouring of support at the games and monetary donations for team travel. Principal Clyde Pierce, is working hard on the new school calendar and revising the marking period. School board member Rick Yonkin reported how pleased he is to see a new upbeat atmosphere throughout the school. Superintendent Freeman is hoping to have a workshop for substitute teachers.

Joe Pagano reported on the ongoing Main St. project where dilapidated properties may we acquired and torn down to improve appearances for the travel through town. Two additional important meetings were held this week. The first dealt with reviewing various large buildings in town that now are empty and how they may be marketed for the long term benefit of the community. Another important task that will be worked on is to improve the access in to the industrial park on West Street. The Park Steering committee met and is developing a plan to improve the care and maintenance of the Collins Memorial Park and surrounding areas including Main St. Committees are working on an inventory of the plantings, walkways and in general improving on what is there and keeping it well maintained for years to come. It is a huge Galeton asset.

Next month's meeting will be held at the Brick House on April 17 at 7:30AM, We are privileged to have a Galeton native speak. Brian Eckert, who is vice chairman of the Pennsylvania Department of Community Development, will talk about what is available to us to help further improve our beautiful town. The community is invited to attend this important meeting.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Unlike some of the small towns in this area Galeton is always looking for ways to improve their community my hats off to them! Keep up the good work !

Anonymous said...

Yes this is true but if they realy want to improve Galeton they need to bring more industry into town so the people can afford to live there thats why most of the younger people move away to find work

Anonymous said...

Agree with 3/20@6:16.It is a nice area but- this whole county needs to find a way to revitalize with business and industry. There needs to be more than one reason young people stay or return after college to build a future. Unfortunately this whole nation is losing its identity. On a huge unprecedented scale we've quit building our own products; with CEOs and stockholders sending the jobs overseas because of greed and money. We attempt to contact customer service and often get an overseas customer service clearinghouse where one can hardly understand the heavy accented speech. It seems like the new generational culture is how do you get on disability? or your free welfare cell phone on the taxpayers back...There are actual commercials encouraging people to apply or talk to a lawyer on how to get/qualify for your disability benefits. Medicaid for many birth after birth to a parent who are wholly unable and financially unprepared for the sacrifice of parenting;so the taxpayer once again is footing the cost from birth and beyond. No wonder the taxpayers are angry! When a Fulltime working person or a elder retiree who paid into the system their whole adult life who scrimps and follows a budget actually makes less in income than a non-working person who has 4 kids, all on SSI/SSD and sits home watching the Big Screen all day, sitting on the internet, eating junk food while texting on their smartphone. That picture is just wrong. Buy a house you can't really afford?... no problem the government will bail it out...Get into too much credit card debt from shopping and wanting to 'appear' more successful than the neighbor? No problem....file bankruptcy and leave the creditors and bills behind. The culture in this nation really looks to be encouraging reliance on entitlements and discouraging the attempt at some self sufficiency and planning for a future. This area, this county, and this whole nation need to get back to basics. This observation doesn't apply to some people, but to many it does fit to a T.

Anonymous said...

It is what it is!! Galeton had it's chance many times in the past to get Industry here, but the powers that be at that tiem and you all know the family names would not hear of it. They just wanted to keep the working man under their thumb and keep the power. Well now most of them are gone and for the most part it is to late. so think back and you will remember the names of those who were so against growing Galeton and thank them for what you have now. They did nto want to even help keep what they had there.

Anonymous said...

Just maybe the new mayor who is a fair person can chamge that around and maybe help galetons economy by bringing more industry in its not to late if are socalled powers to ne realy care. About galeton and not just lining there pockets I think the people get together and do something about it so we will see if our mayor cares enough about our people or is it just about the money

Anonymous said...

Just look what forty years of wealfare can do.