Council appoints newest member

LEWISTOWN – Recently-appointed council member Mark Lawson resigned his seat before officially taking office at the Lewistown Borough Council meeting Monday night.

Lawson never took the oath of office and his seat was left vacant until after an executive session for personnel matters where the council voted to appoint Justin Trego to the open position. A motion to appoint Trego was approved by the council on a vote of 5 to 1 with a vote against by council member Larry Searer.

The council gave its approval for Joe Gagliardo to move forward with his plans for the Lewistown Hotel based on information it has seen from the engineer. Gagliardo spoke at the previous council meeting on Jan. 28 about his plan to turn the Lewistown Hotel into an apartment building.

The council also voted to advertise a parking ordinance, which will increase parking tickets from $5 to $15 and allows a seven-day period from the issuance of the ticket for it to be paid.

The flood ordinance was updated with minimal changes in correlation with FEMA and the council voted to send the ordinance to the Mifflin County Planning Commission.

In relation to the Wastewater Treatment Plan, the council approved monthly contractor requests for payment and approved three change orders, two from G.M. McCrossin, the general contractor, and one from HRI, the electrical contractor.

Mayor Deb Bargo said there will be nine new signs placed around the borough from neighborhood crime watch groups. The signs were designed by the watch groups.

The council voted to rehire summer help at the Rec Park Pool with recommendations from the recreation board.

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