2011-10-13 / Local & State

Council Grants Street Paving Extension

Trick-or-treat set for 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 27
By Jean Snyder

At their regular meeting last Wednesday evening, McConnellsburg Borough Council members granted an extension on a paving contract and discussed another road that may have to be removed from their liquid fuel reimbursement list.

Council reviewed a request from P&W to extend its contract to pave certain streets in the borough from October 15 to October 27. The extension request refers to a contract P&W signed with the borough on August 3 after the company’s low bid for paving was accepted. In the extension request, P&W noted that 62 days had passed since the contract was signed and that 32 days of rain since then has interfered with the company’s work schedule. Council voted to grant the extension on as David Washa-baugh/Mack Shaffer motion.

Borough secretary Jack Fields told council members that as a result of a state inspection of borough roads that form the basis for the liquid fuels allocation, council either needs to improve its section of Cooper Lane or take it off the list. An approximately 400-foot portion of Cooper Lane near the American Legion home is in the borough, with the remainder in Todd Township. It is a gravel road with many potholes and is seldom used. According to the inspector, it has to be made passable with at least a rolled coating of chips. Trees along the lane would also need to be trimmed, according to Fields. Council voted to get a price quote on the work, and Fields also noted that if it would be removed from the list, the borough would lose approximately $35-$40 in liquid fuel funds.

Council voted to pay U.S. Municipal Supply $164.53 in liquid fuel funds for the installation of the cinder spreader.

Also during new business, Fields reported on a letter received from Conrad Sigel, the police pension fund actuary. Council must deposit $5,812 in the police pension fund in 2011, a like amount in 2012 and $7,691 in 2013.

Council members noted that the grass and weeds had been mowed in the back of a Lincoln Way East property, but not in the front. It was agreed the borough secretary would send another warning letter advising of the violation of the weed ordinance.

On a Rick Buterbaugh/David Washabaugh motion, council voted to accept a proposal from Twin Oil for fuel oil guaranteeing 10 cents per gallon off the going rate.

Council also discussed a complaint from the Fifth Street resident regarding stray cats. Council agreed to take the complaint under advisement but made no decision.

Fields read council members a letter he had received from Steve Thomas announcing his resignation from the county’s planning office. Council members, who were working with Thomas on ordinances, expressed regret that he had left the position. His last date of employment with the county was September 30.

Mayor Mike Chilcote announced that trick-or-treat will be held on Thursday, October 27, prior to the fireman’s parade from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at homes where the porch lights are on.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved payment of September bills in the amount of $19,879.98. Receipts for the same period were $10,337.06. Checks were written for $12,400.49, and the October 1 balance was $47,203.70.

Council members present for the October meeting included Travis Bard, Rick Buterbaugh, David Washabaugh, Pat Booth, Mack Shaffer and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

McConnellsburg Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next regular meeting will be held on November 2.

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