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Water Authority member appointed

Lewistown Borough Council meets to sign in new affiliate

Sentinel photos by LUCAS LENZE
Members of the Lewistown Borough Council sit amidst a large crowd Monday evening as they begin their meeting.

LEWISTOWN–The Lewistown Borough Council placed a new member to the Water Authority Board Monday night.

Craig Bubb, executive director of the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Lewistown, spoke to the council and asked for the reappointment of Mel Parker, who has 15 years of experience with the board. The board heard what Bubb had to say and decided to act on the proposal. After a vote the council determined not to reappoint Parker to the board. Instead, they voted in Frank Berrier to the position.

This new appointment is the latest development in the story of the council/Water Authority conflict. Back in September, the council thought it would be a good idea to appoint a council member to the Water Authority Board. The purpose of the appointment was to keep track of what is going on with the board.

In December, the borough passed a resolution saying it was “placing limits upon projects of the municipal authority of the borough of Lewistown and specifying that no additional projects may be undertaken by such authority without the prior approval of the council of this borough.” The borough determined that it was in the best interests of the people they served to limit ongoing or planned projects of the authority’s inside the borough, according to the resolution.

The water authority then took the borough to court over the issue and obtained an injunction. The end goal, according to the authority representative present, is for this issue to be resolved without any further legal action needing taken.

Borough council appointed several members to different boards and commissions at the meeting. Michael Halloran was appointed to the Board of Building Appeals and the Planning Commission. Colby Guyer was appointed to the Rec Board. Beth Reifsnyder was appointed to the Zoning Hearing Board. Lisa Baitsell, Neil Purcel, James Carter Jr., Steve Knudson, Fred Thompson and Randy Hughes were all appointed to the Police Advisory Board. Venus Shade was also on the Police Advisory Board but removed her name from the list during the meeting.

In other business the council:

¯Approved the 2017 CDBG funds.

¯Approved the easement agreement for the walking trail.

¯Approved the sending of a letter to PennDot to request authorization to place no pedestrian crossing signs along with an arrow sign on Juniata Street.

¯Approved the consent agenda.

¯Approved the adoption of the Sewer Ordinance.

¯After executive session the council approved the police intership process starting in March.

The Lewistown Borough Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the Lewistown Municipal Building.

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