2011-07-14 / Local & State

Boro Council To Advertise Paving Jobs

Votes to purchase commemorative medallions
By Jean Snyder

McConnellsburg Borough Council members voted to advertise for bids for summer paving jobs and discussed a commemorative medallion for McConnellsburg’s 225th anniversary at their regular meeting last Wednesday evening.

Council discussed four small paving jobs to be bid. The areas to be paved include East North Street from Fourth to Fifth streets; Walnut Street from Third to Fourth Street; the intersection of Walnut Street and Route 522; and South Sixth Street from Lincoln Way East to Pine Street. The bids will be opened at council’s August meeting. In two related matters, council also discussed using cold pack to fill potholes in the alley by the Sheetz store and voted to pay Hess Excavating $1,274.58 for replacing an inlet on North Fourth Avenue at Poplar Street.

Council, after much discussion, voted to purchase 500 gold medallions to commemorate Mc- Connellsburg’s 225th anniversary. Council agreed to ask the Fulton County Library to sell the medallions with the understanding that the library could keep any profit after the cost is paid as a donation. The Fulton House will appear on the front with the anniversary dates on the back, April 1786-April 2011.

Other business

During other business, council discussed insurance issues including the fact that the borough received a refund of $1,485.51 from its liability insurance carrier due to the fact that there were no claims. Borough secretary Jack Fields also informed council members that the insurance estimate for replacement value on the Fulton House is $1,241,445. Insurance premiums, however, did not increase.

Council approved a parade permit for the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. for August 6, 2011, from noon-2 p.m. The parade will be held in conjunction with the local company’s hosting of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association’s 110th annual convention.

Council authorized Fields to have the 24 bulbs replaced in the traffic lights at the corner of Lincoln Way and Second Street. Fields estimated the cost would be less than $4,000.

Mayor Mike Chilcote resigned from the local tax commission’s administrative board citing a conflict in his schedule for meeting dates. Council voted to appoint Councilman Pat Booth to serve the remainder of his term.

Council discussed Comcast’s request for a contract renewal prior to the current contract expiration in June 2012. Comcast also announced a cable rate increase effective August 1. According to Fields, the rate for standard basic cable will go from $63.50 per month to $66.45. Council receives 5 percent of Comcast’s amount collected for the borough. Fields said this usually totals approximately $14,000 annually. The renewal is a 15-year agreement, and council voted to refer the proposed agreement to its solicitor for review.

Also, according to Fields, the borough received notification from Commonwealth Code that the construction of all swimming pools of more than 24 inches in depth must have a building permit. This includes in-ground, above-ground and inflatable pools.

In correspondence from the county, it was announced that former CDBG coordinator Karen Hann has changed jobs with the county and will now be the election and voter registration coordinator, while Steve Thomas, an employee with the county’s planning office, will replace her as CDBG coordinator.

Now that council has received copies of the proposed zoning and subdivision ordinances, it was decided that a workshop will be held to discuss it fully in the fall.

Council concluded its other business by instructing Fields to send warning letters regarding high weeds to owners of properties on Lincoln Way East and on Third Street.

Regular business

During regular business, council voted to approve payment of June bills in the amount of $13,106.16. Revenue for the same period was $76,555.51. Checks were written for $15,636.86, and the July 1 bank balance was $96,604.85.

Council members present were Travis Bard, Mack Shaffer, Pat Frazier, Rick Buterbaugh, David Washabaugh and Pat Booth.

McConnellsburg Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next regular meeting is scheduled for August 3, 2011.

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