Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ashland Borough Council Meeting - 02/14/18

Information from Ashland Borough's Council Meeting on February 14, 2018.

All Council Members in Attendance except Councilman Patrick Cooney.

Minutes from the last meeting, reports from officers, and bills and transfers were all accepted and approved.

Under business, a bid was approved for the Little League Project Safety from Pro Max Fence systems for $25,575.00.

Council approved a request from a letter from the Girardville Borough for fire police services for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Council approved the resignation of William Kripplebaurer from the Ashland Area Municipal Authority.

Council approved the returning of $15,000 in  Act 137 funds from the Centre Street Rental Development Project.  The funds will be returned to the Schuylkill County Affordable Housing Trust Board for the Centre Street Rental Development Project. 

Council approved Resolution 2018-2-1, acknowledging the retirement of Ed Gough for his 44 years of service to Ashland Borough.  Council also approved payment of Gough's unused vacation days.

Council approved the Aqua America Water Main Project with the stipulation that area residents are notified and there no open trenches during construction.

Mayor Walacavage spoke on a number of police issues.  He had heard complaints about the phone at the police station not being answered and will look into having the phone roll over to the Schuylkill County Communication Center when officers are not in the station or not on duty.  An officer will also be designated to the Ashland Community Crime Watch.

Councilwoman Wesner and Vice President Spieles provided an update of the Blight Committee’s efforts.  Council will be rewriting the property maintenance ordinance and will continue to go after blighted properties.

Council President Groody announced that there will be a recreation board meeting on March 21st at 6:30pm. The meeting will include the annual discussion with the Ashland youth sports teams.

Fire Chief Groody announced that additional smoke detectors are available for installation. Anyone interested should contact the borough hall.