Borough council honors former president

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown Mayor Deb Bargo thanked former Borough Council President James Felmlee for his 17 years of service, 12 as president, in a proclamation read during the council’s regular meeting Monday.

Bargo stood with Rob Postal, president of the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation, and Jim Zubler, executive director of Downtown Lewistown Inc., to give gifts and thanks to Felmlee.

Bargo said Felmlee brought much honor and recognition to the borough throughout his time spent on the council. Felmlee resigned Dec. 10.

Postal presented Felmlee a bowl made from a very large cherry tree had to be sacrificed to construct a building. About 10 bowls were made from the log by an Amish craftsman in Big Valley.

“We have a couple of these left and we give them to some special people.” Postal said, “Obviously Jim you are one of our special people.”

Zubler spoke highly about how much Lewistown has changed for the better with the help of Felmlee and the council.

“On behalf of Downtown Lewistown, you were there any time we needed you, as was Borough Council,” Zubler said.

Felmlee thanked everyone past and present who served with him on the council.

“I hope you don’t forget the vision we have for this borough, to make this borough a better place to live and a safe place for the residents of the borough.” Felmlee said, “Always keep that focus in moving this borough forward.”

Council President Russ Rager welcomed the newest member of the council, Justin Trego, to his first meeting. Trego was appointed by the council at its meeting on Feb. 11.

While the council was united in its praise of Felmlee’s service and the welcome of a new member, once it got down to business, the unity didn’t last long.

Bargo had to break a tie vote over the authorization of releasing funds to the United Fire Company for apparatus in the amount of $28,096. Council members Lee Bollinger, Russ Rager and Larry Searer voted against the motion. The disagreement over the motion was because of concerns regarding a tax form.

The council voted to allow all parking violations to be paid within seven days. Previously, the council voted to gave those who received overnight streetsweeping parking tickets seven days to pay and wanted all parking fine payment periods to be standardized.

The council voted the authorization for the appropriate officers to execute the paperwork of funding reimbursement from Penn Vest in the amount of $1,843,667.44 for the Wastewater Treatment Plan.

Lewistown Borough Council meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Lewistown Municipal Building.