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By NATALIE GORSUCH
Williamsburg Correspondent 

Borough Ponders Spring St. Widening Project

 

November 17, 2022



Williamsburg Borough Council discussed widening Spring Street between 1st and 2nd street to “increase more flow, alleviate the flooding issues,” according to Stiffler McGraw engineer John Clabaugh. PennDOT will fix the stormwater conveyance issue on 866 near the big spring.

Clabaugh discussed two funding options for the borough. One was the H20 PA Project, which is due Dec. 21. It has a 67 percent, 33 percent match for the grant.

The other grant was a MTF (a Multimodal Transportation Fund), which would incorporate a bike lane, but it exceeds the borrowing capacity.

Clabaugh talked about funding opportunities to make the match for the proposed $1.8 million grant project. The proof of equity after Clabaugh thought about it, could be to “leverage PennDOT’s money for the 866 part they’ve committed to as the match.”

The borough was quoted an estimated $2,500-$4,000 for the grant preparation done by Stiffler McGraw.

“This is one of the best opportunities you have at the moment,” Clabaugh said to the borough.

Ed Patterson made the motion to allow Clabaugh to begin preparation on grant with Jim Foreso seconding. The motion passed.

Dave Kessling discussed the potential of a trail town committee for Williamsburg.

“I think you’re sitting on a goldmine,” Kessling said referring to the Lower Trail in Williamsburg.

Kessling noted that Penn State University and Juniata College have both been working with the borough about the idea of a trail town. Kessling believes that an established committee would garner ideas and be more organized when it comes to ideas from PSU and Juniata.

Dave Gorman discussed some statistics about trail towns. He referred to a 2019 study done on Ohiopyle, which accumulated $121 million in revenue for multiple communities.

“I think this is a win-win for Williamsburg,” Gorman said, agreeing with Kessling.

“It’s here, it’s been here (the trail),” Council member Ed Patterson said.

Jim Foreso made a motion to establish a trail town committee with Patterson seconding. The motion passed. If you are interested in becoming a member of the committee for the trail town, contact the borough office.

Borough Manager Joe Lansberry said, after meeting with several code enforcement offices, they feel the “best fit” for the borough would be to go with Commonwealth Code Inspection Service (CCIS). Solicitor Nathan Karn said he would compose a new resolution. There were four estimates for the tree removal that is leaning toward a property in the borough. Following the opening of the bids, the $1,200 bid from Kifer’s Tree Service was approved. The motion passed.

There was no proposed millage increase for 2023 highlighted the borough’s proposed budget. The borough also discussed if borough employees did not receive the health insurance provided by the borough, they would receive a $100 stipend per pay. Foreso made the motion to advertise the proposed budget with Paula Hamilton seconding, motion passed.

The Williamsburg Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 3 with a rain date of Dec. 10. If your church or group is interested in participating, contact the borough office.

 

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