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Council clashes over event

Fireman convention passed after 4-3 vote

Sentinel photo by LUCAS LENZE
Jon Hornbaker goes over his concerns for the Fireman Convention with the members of Lewistown Borough Council at Monday evenings meeting.

LEWISTOWN–Jon Hornbaker kicked off Monday’s Lewistown Borough Council meeting expressing concerns with the upcoming Firemans Convention being held in Lewistown next month.

Hornbaker was concerned with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases with a large group of people being in the same area in the park for the event.

“Our emergency services are here to protect us, council is here to protect us,” he said. Hornbaker thinks that the large crowds of people coming from all over the state will endanger the community being the host of the event.

Council member Larry Searer, made a motion to retract the borough’s original approval to hold the convention in Lewistown. Even with the convention being held outdoors and nearing its start date, put the council in a tough spot.

After a lengthy discussion on the issue, the council voted on the motion. The 4-3 vote was in favor of moving forward with the event as scheduled. President Venus Shade, Vice President Dave Campbell, Marc Terry and Aaron Wilson voted in favor of holding the event. Larry Searer, Bill Wilson and Steven DeArment voted against the convention being held.

In other business the council:

¯Approved the consent agenda.

¯Approved the Walk Works resolution.

¯Awarded Mike Pleck Paving and Sealing the bid for the third phase of the Chestnut Street project.

¯Discussed Industrial Park interchange ramp project.

¯Approved the application for $7,103.01 in county aid.

¯Discussed results of a parking study done in the borough.

¯Approved bid out of the Workman positions based upon the union contract and advertise accordingly.

¯Approved the 2017 CDBG release of funds.

¯Approved Solid State Masonry to do the ADA ramp project for South Brown Street.

¯Approved to lift the suspension of parking ticket enforcement starting Sunday, July 19.

¯Approved the temporary move of the one-way sign to allow people to go in and out of the parking lot in the alley by the library during project.

¯Approved handicapped parking spots at 612 S. Grand Street and 24 W. Fourth Street.

¯Approved the removal of a handicapped parking spot from 137 Chestnut Street.

¯Approved the amendment to the Sewer Ordinance.

¯Approved the Lerta Ordinance.

¯Approved to adjust the pool membership fees for the 2020 season.

The Lewistown Borough Council will meet again at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at the Municipal building in Lewistown.

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