Council discusses housing agreement

Members vote to end deal with MCHA for extra police service

LEWISTOWN — Lewistown Borough Council on Monday voted to end a deal to provide extra police service to Mifflin County Housing Authority-run properties citing approximately $25,000 in payments not yet received for the first eight months of 2019.

After lengthy and spirited discussion, the vote was 5-2 with Frank Berrier and Mark Sievers dissenting.

Without payment of the past due money, the deal between the borough and MCHA will end Sept. 23. This agreement, which is currently under negotiation, includes extra police coverage in areas of Lewistown controlled by the housing authority.

According to council, MCHA has not been keeping up with payments it was expected to make in exchange for the additional coverage since January.

In other business, Scott Noerr was one of several guests to address council. Noerr was there to discuss a proposal for constructing a 60,000-square foot building to help a trucking company add more jobs.

This would help the borough gain tax dollars and is overall a “win-win situation” for both groups, Noerr said.

Edna Reinhart was also present to speak to the council. She discussed details about the Red Cross smoke alarm project taking place in Lewistown on Sept. 18.

“Since July 31, numbers show us that 627 lives have been saved in houses that we have conducted this project in,” Reinhart said.

The project itself aims to help put smoke alarms in houses with broken or old alarms or no alarm in general, free of charge. Anyone looking to volunteer to help can contact the red cross or the Lewistown Fire Department for more details.

“I highly recommend this program because it is giving people a chance for free installation of these alarms and it saves so many people,” said Chief Bob Barlett, of the Lewistown Fire Department.

In other business Monday, the council:

¯Approved a Veterans Day parade for Nov. 7 contingent upon receiving the Certificate of Liability Insurance for the borough and PennDOT.

¯Approved Fame EMS request for a Halloween parade Oct. 30.

¯Tabled the discussion on allowing PennDOT to use the Woodlawn parking lot to store construction equipment for the traffic signal project.

¯Approved both the Network Request and Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon request.

¯Approved refund request from Board of Assessment Appeals for Kish Creek Elderly Housing.

¯Approved the reallocation of $45,345 for the 2018 CDBG for street paving project.

¯Received an update on PennDOT bridge repair: the project won’t be done until next year due to issue with the retaining wall.

¯Approved the 2016 CDBG funds.

¯Approved release of quarterly allocation to fire companies.

¯ Approved to discontinue the internet and phone service with Comcast at the Rec Park pool and switch to Verizon due to prices.

Lewistown Borough Council regularly meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Lewistown Municipal Building. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 14.