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Borough Council – June 8, 2020

by John Vogt - June 9, 2020

Back on March 9, 2020, Chief Jim Bodine of the Wellsboro Police Department introduced Zara Johnson as our Tioga County Co-Responder to the Borough Council. As a co-responder, Ms. Johnson directly responds to the issues of mental health. The goal is to move people who are struggling with a mental health crisis into a mental health program that will help instead of being incarcerated. During today’s Borough Council Meeting Council member, Louis Prevost thanked Chief Bodine for his insight regarding such an essential hire.

During the meeting a number of motions were presented and passed. On today’s broadcast we include some of the meeting highlights. We have also included a copy for the Meeting Agenda below. Borough Council Meetings are open to the public. The next Borough Council Meeting is scheduled for July 13th, 2020 at 5pm at the Wellsboro Borough Office.

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Agenda provided below by the Borough Council

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Wellsboro Borough Council
Meeting Agenda
June 8, 20205 PM
Call Meeting to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Minutes of the May 11, 2020 Council Meeting
Public Comments on Agenda Items

OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
HARB:

  1. Northwest Bank request at 61 Main Street for re-skinning the façade with brick veneer, spandrel windows, and EIFS band and coping; and new signage. HARB recommends the council approve the concept and design plan contingent on the submittal and approval of a Finish Color Board
  2. Robinson request at 129 Street for additional signage to accommodate combining two businesses at one location. HARB recommends council approve the request on the following conditions:
    1. The two signs are allowed for six months, at that time signage must be reduced to one sign;
    2. The new signage proposed after six months must get HARB approval

Committee Reports:
General Government, Administration, Buildings, Personnel

Motion to ratify and approve accounts payable for all accounts

Motion to approve the April, 2020 Treasurers Report

Community Feedback – survey on water bill, “Suggestion Box” on website

Motion for approve agreement with Engie for electric pricing of Penelec account at 0.0587/kWh at a term of 60 months beginning in February, 2021

Electric pricing – Council approved electric pricing on the borough’s Penelec account at a price of $0.05864/kWh for a term of 58 months, beginning Feb 2021.

Gas pricing – Council approved locking in gas prices from UGI Energy Services at a price of $4.38 per dth for a term of 12 months from September 2020 to August 2021.

Safety, Police, Fire, Protective Inspections, Codes, EMA

Mayor’s Report
Police Report

Public Works, Solid Waste, Highways, Parking, Water, Sewer

Motion to approve Borough Manager and Borough Engineer to apply for a Dirt and Gravel Road Grant through the Tioga County Conservation District for the extension of the stormwater system on Buena Vista Street

Curb-side pickup of recycling by NTSWA resumed on June 1st; NTSWA is planning on holding an electronic collection event in the fall

The borough is now offering paperless billing for the utility bills. Customers can sign up to receive their bills through email by visiting www.wellsboroborough.com and clicking on the blue “View eBills” button below the calendar.

Parks & Recreation, Trees, Beautification, Senior Center

The playgrounds at Woodland Park and Packer Park are now open, with social distancing guidelines. All users are urged to wash their hands immediately following use of the playground

The Packer Park Pool opened on June 4th. The discount rate of $99 memberships is available through the month of June.

Request from Ms. Jackie Sprouse to place a Little Free Library at Packer Park using one of the attached designs at Packer Park; Ms. Sprouse will supply the books and the library. The Parks and Rec Director and Borough Manager recommend placing the Little Free Library in front of the Senior Center.

Request from Deane Center to close Central Avenue between Main Street and Water Street from 6pm to 8pm, on June 26th, July 3rd, and then bi-weekly until Labor Day weekend

Employee Benefits, Negotiations, Insurance, Safety, Training

Motion to ratify hiring of Brent English to the position of seasonal, part-time Parks and Recreation Employee, effective June 2, 2020

The Borough is accepting applications for a part-time Parks and Rec employee for a year round appointment

Motion to approve attached list of Lifeguards at Packer Park Pool at the noted pay rates

Other Business
Public Comments
Adjourn –

Next Borough Council Meeting is July 13th, 2020 at 5pm.

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Credits:

Videography: Andrew Moore, John Vogt
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: John Vogt
Anchor: Johanna Vogt

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