Nicholson Borough Council discussed new developments on the Streetscape project at Monday’s meeting.
Council member Joan Jenkins said a recent meeting about the project went well, where council members laid out plans and talked through issues with PennDOT officials.
Council member John Bower said the biggest issue with Streetscape is getting permission from landowners to work on their property.
PennDOT can provide a letter template to the borough council that they could send to property owners, which solicitor Paul Litwin would need to look over before distribution.
The biggest challenge would be property owners allowing the borough to work on coal shoots and vaults in particular, Bower said.
Jenkins said as long as inspection fees are brought up front, then PennDOT will take 15 percent out of the $630,000 for the project.
Bower said the borough council will bid the project out in quadrants and attempt to get the most out of the funds as possible.
Jenkins said upkeep is another concern and mentioned potential legal requirements for the borough to maintain any areas that are worked on as part of the project.
Bower said snow removal is the responsibility of the property owner, but something like potholes appearing on the Streetscape areas could be the responsibility of the borough.
Litwin said they could discuss the legality in an executive session following the meeting, where they also discussed litigation on a complaint.
Bower said the Streetscape project can hopefully be finished within the year, which PennDOT wants since they have been sitting on the grant money for some time.
The borough council also designated treasurer and secretary Jessica Bower, borough council president Dawn Bell and council member John Kiryluk as authorized signers on the ECMS website for the Streetscape project.
Bell told the borough council she contacted a contractor for an estimate to fix a damaged wall at the park in the spring that Kiryluk brought up at the last meeting, and also had an issue taken care of with ice on Route 11.
John Bower discussed improving the borough maintenance building to bring it up to par with other townships, and Kiryluk said he’s still working on getting another damaged wall fixed on State Street.
The borough council also approved spending $85 to send zoning officer Gary Evans to a three-day floodplain management course in Bloomsburg. The cost is split between Nicholson Borough and four other municipalities.
The Nicholson Borough Council is scheduled to meet again on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m.