2013-08-15 / Front Page

Borough Awards Paving Bid

Welcomes Councilman Gress
By Jean Snyder


McConnellsburg Borough Council members welcomed a new councilman and opened paving bids for a short portion of North Street at their regular meeting held last Wednesday evening.

Adam Gress, newly appointed council member, attended his first meeting and was welcomed by his fellow council members. Last month council voted to appoint Gress to the vacancy created by the resignation of former Councilman Mack Shaffer. Gress lives on South Second Street in the borough. He is a McConnellsburg High School and a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate and is employed in sales for L.R. Wilson Gutters, McConnellsburg. He will serve until Shaffer’s term expires on December 31, 2015.

Council received two bids for paving a portion of East North Street from Second to Third Street. New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. submitted a bid of $28,087.32 and P&W submitted a bid of $26,915.28. Council unanimously approved awarding the bid to the low bidder, P&W.

Other business

Council reviewed preliminary plans for six townhouses to be built by Bob Wooldridge on the corner of Market and Third streets where an existing dwelling is scheduled to be razed. No action was taken on the plans.

Permission was given for Mc- Connellsburg United Methodist Church to restrict access to the alley (North First Avenue) between Market and Poplar streets during the church’s upcoming building project.

Borough Secretary Jack Fields announced that the borough’s fall cleanup day will be held on Friday, September 20. All bulky items should be put curbside the night of Thursday, September 19.

During a discussion on the Fall Folk Festival council agreed that Grease, Steam & Rust may close one lane of North First and East and West North streets for the Folk Festival parade lineup on Saturday morning. Council also voted to purchase a $100 ad in the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s Folk Festival book.

In other business, Fields announced that for insurance renewal purposes, the insurance company valued the Fulton House at $1,004,720. Fields said the actual replacement value would be $1,265,915.

Councilman Rick Buterbaugh announced, with regret, that the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Commission will be deactivated as of December 31, 2013, due to lack of membership and interest. Buterbaugh said that funds on hand will be disbursed at some point in accordance with the commission’s bylaws.

A discussion was also held on weeds at homes on Third Street, but no action was taken.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved payment of July bills in the amount of $7,913.52. Receipts for the same period were $21,268.56 (including a reimbursement payment of $13,784.46 for repair of the streetlight hit by a tractor-trailer on North Third Street.) Checks were written for $20,449, leaving an August 1 balance of $49,569.

Council members present included Travis Bard, Jim Smith, Adam Gress, Pat Frazier, Rick Buterbaugh, Pat Booth and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

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 September 4, 2013.

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