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By RICK BOSTON
Staff Writer 

RS Borough Receives Funds for Demolition

 


The Roaring Spring Borough Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 10.

Borough manager Lisa Peel informed council that the borough has been awarded $20,000 in demolition grants from the Blair County Demolition Fund.

The award was issued for the demolition of two properties along Main Street.

The properties, 215 and 223 Main St., were purchased last year and are to be torn down as part of the borough’s “Main Street Project.”

A portion of the wall on Main Street across from Appvion collapsed last December forcing the closure of one lane going out of town.

Borough Solicitor Larry Lashinsky pointed out that these properties, along with another property on Main Street that is being torn down using Community Development Block Grants, means that three blighted properties are being torn down with no expense to the borough.

Council voted to adopt an ordinance providing for the recovery of costs incurred by the Friendship Volunteer Fire Company while cleaning up at the scene of an accident.

The fire company has been absorbing the costs of materials used at accident scenes, such as absorbents, flairs and anything used in the cleanup of accidents.

The ordinance allows the fire company to bill the party responsible for the accident in which cleanup materials are used.

Council received a request from the Roaring Spring Public Library to use a contractor who does not have an insurance certificate. The library said they would request the contractor sign a liability waiver in lieu of an insurance certificate. The request was tabled with no action taken.

Council President Bill Brumbaugh asked if the library has made a decision on which route they plan to take for the library’s future and was told they had not.

“We are not opposed to giving the money to fix it, but if they are not taking the building we are not going to put another dime into it if we are going to sell it,” he said.

In order to become more competitive in the hiring of police officers, council approved a base scale of pay by title of position within the department.

Although borough officers have been routinely given a cost of living increase, there has never been a base salary scale set.

Council member Sue Ann Feather, who proposed the set scale, said the borough needs the base scale for the “supply and demand” of police officers as well as well as their responsibility to the public.

Lashinsky said adjusting the scale reflects the demands of keeping officers.

“There is a lot of competition for officers, this allows us to be competitive in the job market,” he said.

The next meeting of the Roaring Spring Borough Council is scheduled for Monday, July 8, at 6 p.m. in the borough building.

 

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