Tunkhannock Borough Council plans to hold a public hearing related to a zoning ordinance amendment that would rezone the area surrounding the Wyoming County Courthouse from residential to residential/professional.
Council members voted during last Thursday’s borough meeting to advertise the hearing with the intent to adopt the amendment for July 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Council member Ron Coolbaugh was absent from the meeting.
Council member Dan Gay explained that this amendment would rezone Washington Street and Putnam Street to Warren Street down to Marion Street from R1 to RP to allow professionals such as lawyers to operate businesses there.
Gay added that a property behind Sherwood Chevrolet is being remapped as commercial, C2.
Tunkhannock Borough Manager Dawn Welch mailed out notices to property owners in the area being rezoned.
Council members also voted to extend the COVID-19 emergency declaration to June 30.
“If we have to, we’d have to do that again in July,” council president Bob Robinson said.
Also, Tunkhannock Borough received $5,000 in the form of a Marcellus Legacy Fund grant from Wyoming County, which Welch said has already been used to order a zero-turn lawn mower for Riverside Park.
During the police report, Mayor Stacy Huber said he was disappointed to learn that Tunkhannock Borough wasn’t selected for a Community Oriented Policing Services grant through the U.S. Department of Justice, and no rationale was given.
“Pennsylvania as a whole did not do very well,” he said.
Council member David Wiggins said the Police Committee plans to meet on June 17 at 1 p.m., with discussion to include a possible candidate for a part-time position.
Welch shared that the borough’s new website being designed through Coal Creative may be up and running by this weekend.
Council also announced that the borough building is going to be closed June 23-26.
Tunkhannock Borough Council is scheduled to meet again on July 2 at 7 p.m.