Factoryville Borough Council learned Wednesday night (April 10) that changes are coming to the townhouses near Keystone College, which includes 202-206 College Ave.
Mayor Gary Evans and borough manager Mary Ellen Buckbee recently met with the owner of the townhouses, which members of the public have complained about in the past.
“They said that the college will be taking it over and putting a resident assistant into the units for next school year,” Buckbee said.
The council broke off into an executive session with solicitor Paul Litwin to discuss enforcement issues regarding the townhouses.
Keystone spokesman Fran Calpin, who was not at the bough council meeting, said, "Those negotiations are ongoing. We will act in the best interest of students to provide affordable and stable housing."
In the solicitor’s report, Litwin said a proposed rental ordinance is ready to be advertised, but a proposed floodplain ordinance still needs some amendments.
Buckbee said the upper Church Street paving project is moving along. However, council needs to decide if it should hire Reilly Associates or assign Jim Gesek, who does maintenance for the borough, to oversee it.
“Our last project tells us it’s important to have oversight on the scene,” she said.
Council also made a motion to have two catch basins on Church Street repaired.
Buckbee also said council will try selling its 2012 dump truck on Municibid, where individuals or other municipalities can make offers. Council will still need to advertise that the truck is going to be listed for sale online.
Grant writer Sadie Rozenburg submitted the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant proposal for improvements at Christy Mathewson Park.
A grant Factoryville Borough received from the Commonwealth Finance Authority may be used for street enhancements, Buckbee said, as both the borough and Keystone want to alleviate parking issues.
In the mayor’s report, Evans said Marc Gowarty, Keystone’s veterans coordinator, has agreed to be this year’s speaker for a Memorial Day event on May 27 at 10 a.m.
Council member Gregg Yunko said there has been a lot of interest in Factoryville Hometown Heroes banners.
Anyone interested in having a banner created for a veteran can pick up a form from the Factoryville Borough Building.
Some orders are already in the process of being printed, and there are still more responses to fulfill, he said.
Also, thanks to donations from local organizations, costs for the banners have been reduced from $75 to $45 each.
In the public comment period, Girl Scouts from Troop 52239 in Factoryville asked council for permission to install a “take a book, leave a book” container in Christy Mathewson Park for their bronze awards, which require them to spend 20 hours on a sustainable project.
Council approved this, as well as the scouts planting 10 trees for Earth Day. Where the trees will be planted is to be determined.
Marissa Hopkins of Hoppy’s Produce in Falls came to the meeting to share details of the farm’s new CSA program, which stands for community supported agriculture.
Starting in June and running through mid-November, Hoppy’s will offer local produce and other local goods such as honey, maple syrup, bread and eggs to be picked up in Falls or delivered weekly in the surrounding areas.
Hopkins said the purpose is to promote local agriculture and connect farmers directly with customers. For more information, call 570-357-1528.
The borough council also hosted a spring cleanup
at the park on Saturday, April 13.