At the May monthly meeting of the Hollidaysburg Borough Council, the council unanimously agreed to have the Cohen Group Law Firm handle the cable franchise work for the Borough in dealing with COMCAST Cable.
Bids were opened on May 5 for the stone and blacktop work in the borough. It was recommended that the Borough Council award the contracts to low bidders Grannas Bros. for stone work and New Enterprise for blacktop material.
Borough Manager Jim Gehret stated that the application for a grant for sidewalk and curb improvement in the borough had been done.
Mayor Joe Dodson thanked Acting Police Chief Sgt. Oldham and the Hollidaysburg Police Department for their outstanding work while down two full time officers. They currently have only seven active officers on duty. The evaluation of second shift police dispatch will be put on hold until a new chief comes on board.
During the public comment portion, Richard Latker of the Hollidaysburg Watchdog stated releasing funds to the Phoenix Fire Company broke the Sunshine Law and other laws. He said no itemized list of expenditures was given to the borough by Phoenix Fire Company in 2020. Other documents regarding Phoenix Fire Company he stated were destroyed.
Issues with the Old Canal Inn and the borough street sweeper were brought up by council members to be put on next month’s agenda.
Director of Community Relations Melanie Ramsey thanked Evey Black Attorneys for sponsorship of the 2022 Farmers Market season.
The Hometown Heroes Program for 2022, sponsored by Sons of the American Legion Squadron 516, resulted in a total of 113 banners. The banners are being printed and sewn through Copy-Rite and will be mounted through the end of May. Flags and banners will be displayed Memorial Day through Veterans Day, when they are taken down and given to the participants to keep.
The Light it up Green activity is now underway. There are green ribbons on parking meters and green light bulbs and signs in the windows of uptown buildings. Blair County local mental health providers have handled the first Light it up Green for mental health month in May.
Ramsey reported a wonderful Arbor Day celebration organized by the Shade Tree Commission. Local Forester Mandy Burgoon shared that Hollidaysburg is the only community that held an Arbor Day celebration this year.