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By THOMAS SCHMITT
Hollidaysburg Correspondent 

Hollidaysburg Borough Council Discusses Summer Activities

 

April 28, 2022



The April monthly meeting of the Hollidaysburg Borough Council was held at council chambers beginning with staff reports. Borough Manager James Gehret reported the audit from 2021 was completed and the borough did well. Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement Director Gerald Harbison reported that the zoning board will be holding a meeting for the first time in over a year.

Community Relations and Events Director Melanie Ramsey announced upcoming summer events to happen in the borough. On Allegheny Street, there will be a Summer Concert Series on the Diamond on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, and Sept. 15. There will be a cruise- in on Friday, June 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Farmers Market will take place June through September. It will have locally grown produce, wines, crafts, specialty items, fresh flowers, and more.

The Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council will be at Canal Basin Park June 19 and July 17. The Hollidaysburg Community Band will be there May 30, June 26, July 31 and Aug. 28. The Altoona Symphony will perform on Aug. 20.

A Family Fun Day hosted by the Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership will take place on Aug. 13.

An outdoor movie night with the Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships is slated for Aug. 13.

The Hometown Heroes event sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion is over; they received more than 100 applicants.

Councilman Brad Leahey began discussion regarding the poor condition of sidewalks in the borough. New curb cuts are needed to allow the handicapped to use the sidewalks. The project will be covered 25 percent by Community Development Block Grant funding and no blocks will automatically qualify for grants. It was suggested to look at other grant options or a bond offering to cover needed repairs.

Harbison said letters were going out to owners about water discharged to the streets instead of their own property, which created hazards with excessive ice build up. The water should flow onto their grounds not onto sidewalks and streets.

Gehret’s new contract was approved unanimously.

During public comment, Regis Nale of the Hollidaysburg Watchdogs stated he was in support of sidewalk/curb improvement but worried about costs to taxpayers since only 25 percent of the cost would be covered by grant money and the rest by taxpayers. He felt this would impose a burden on senior citizens. Joe Addink also spoke stating that the Tea Party believes their version of the 2nd Amendment Referendum was better than the one the Blair County Commissioners adopted.

Jen Frees spoke during a presentation by COMCAST Cable concerning a franchise agreement with the borough. Frees said they were breaking ground here at Hollidaysburg and would be servicing all residents of Hollidaysburg utilizing an Internet Essentials Program (a low income internet program) at $9.95/month. Frees said the total project would take from 18-24 months. There would be a first reading, public comment, and a second reading. Gehret said he would need a special council to review current agreements to make sure there are no conflicts. Gehret will be the point of contact for COMCAST in this undertaking.

The board approved the Dream Restaurant having over 55 parking spots after they complete adding outdoor seating. They currently have 67 spots and will only lose several spots with their outdoor seating.

The board held an executive session following the adjournment of the meeting.

 

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