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Laceyville Borough Council voted on Tuesday (March 7) to purchase a shotgun for one of the police vehicles.

Council unanimous voted to purchase an 18-inch 12-gauge pump shotgun for $275.

Initially, head of the police committee Kristy Johnson and others on council wanted to wait until they could get a price on the weapon. However, Johnson was able to obtain the price of the shotgun during the meeting, which the council found reasonable.

Johnson also inquired about where the borough is in reducing the number of its members from seven to five.

She was informed by treasurer Kenneth Johnson that President Judge Russell Shurtleff signed an order in January, reducing the number of the seats on council from seven to five.

The borough had previous submitted a petition, signed by five percent of the local residents, asking for the reduction. Council initiated the request because it has been having trouble filling two council seats on the borough.

At the request of head of the Water Committee Keith Pennay, council voted to purchase a laptop computer for the borough at a cost of $500 or less. The reason for the purchase, Pennay explained, is it will make it much easier for those reading the water meters to record water usage, and to provide that information to customers who dispute it.

Council received a request from Debbie Bell to burn some ash trees that had been cut down on her property along Main Street. Council agreed by consensus that it has no problem with it, but recommended she first check with her neighbors and call the fire department.

Head of the Parks Committee Chris Shaffer reported that bids are now being accepted to perform maintenance at the local parks. The only one not covered will be the park located on Church Street just before the bridge. The borough does not own that park, and maintenance is performed by the Laceyville Business Association.

Shaffer also inquired about the possibility of an ordinance, allowing chickens to be raised in the borough. He said Clarks Summit has such an ordinance in place, and it appears to be working out very well.

Council President Don VanDeMark recommended that they first inquire with the residents to see how they respond to the idea. If people don’t want it, he said, then they should not pursue the matter.