Condemned property concerns councilmen

LEWISTOWN – The Lewistown Borough Council discussed safety concerns of a condemned property on East Third Street, on Monday during its regularly scheduled meeting.

The council is concerned about 216 E. Third St. and believes that the property should be demolished in the near future. Tony Grose, Street Superintendent, looked at the building and has boarded up the building, putting a fence around the back of the property, but it is not enough any more.

“The back wall has either fallen or will fall soon,” Grose said. “If we do not do anything it could pose more of a problem for those living next door.”

The council would like to take ownership of the property from the owner, who is currently in jail. Solicitor, Jeffrey Snook, is going to look further into this matter and they will discuss it at the next meeting.

Also brought before the council by several borough residents were questions pertaining to the appointment of Erin Liester as interim borough manager. Those who brought the questions before the council are questioning the idea of allowing her to have benefits restored to her, some of these include retirement and vacation. Council President James Felmlee said this matter would be further clarified at the following council meeting and apologized for not having a better answer.

Also discussed was the opportunity to make the municipal building cleaning person an official part-time employee of the borough. She is currently employed on an as-needed basis. This was continued to be seen as a money saver and was approved by the council.

Council member Lee Bollinger and Grose also presented the council with findings of the Finance Committee, on the potential purchase of a refurbished street sweeper. After presenting their findings that it would be in the best interest of the borough to purchase the sweeper, the council approved to put out the bids to begin the purchase process.

Snook presented the council with the changes to the Fire Department Ordinance. One of the biggest changes was is that to be chosen as a fire chief the person must be at least fire fighter two certified. The council did approve to advertise all of the changes and the local fire companies agreed with the changes.

The council decided that the tentative trick-or-treat night for the borough will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, this could change at the discretion of the mayor on discussions with the other boroughs and townships.

Also approved by the council:

On street handicapped parking space for 43 Shaw Ave.

Removal of on street handicapped parking space for 289 West Fifth St.

Request for a three month extension for the completion of the project on Market Street.

The next meeting for the council will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, and the council regularly meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month.