Tunkhannock Borough Council voted on Thursday to take possession of approximately $9,500 owned by the Tunkhannock Tree Association.
Council President Robert Robinson explained that the association raised the money via its strawberry shortcake sales and other fund raisers.
When the association disbanded earlier this year, it offered the money to the borough’s Shade Tree Commission.
The president emphasized that the money will only be used to plant trees in the borough.
A Road Cut Ordinance was also on council’s agenda, and the similar item passed in June was amended regarding language pertaining to guidelines for movement of water for NE Marcellus Aqua Midstream when a water pipeline is installed from the Susquehanna River under the borough to a point north in Lemon Twp. to eventually be used in the gas industry.
Guidelines for UGI to bring natural gas into the borough were not affected.
Robinson said that he believed that UGI was ready to begin work but possibly faced an issue near the cemetery which it needs resolved before work begins in the borough.
He said that he wasn’t quite sure when the water work might proceed.
A scheduled discussion between the council and the Tunkhannock Area School District didn’t materialize as Superintendent Heather McPherson was not present.
McPherson’s secretary Carolyn Lawson said Friday the superintendent was out of the office due to unexpected personal matters.
McPherson had been scheduled to talk about potential changes in borough traffic patterns with consolidation of schools looming.
The changes will occur in September, when K-4 students who previously attended the Mill City, Meshoppen, and Evans Falls elementary schools will be bused to Tunkhannock.
Police Chief Keith Carpenter assured that he and the rest of the force will be on hand when school starts, keeping an eye on the situation and working to keep things running as smoothly as possible.
During council comments, Lisa Tesluk inquired about the possibility of changing the traffic signal time at the intersection of Tioga Street and Bridge Street, allowing drivers a longer time to make a left turn onto Route 29.
Borough Manager Dawn Welch said the matter could be looked into, but cautioned that the light’s timing was coordinated with the traffic signals at the intersection of state Route 6 and Bridge Street. Carpenter confirmed that it took a long time come up with the proper coordination, so changing the timing may not be practical.
During the police report, Carpenter thanked Public Entity for providing the department with a new network server at no cost. He said the previous network server was “an old dinosaur.” One of his people with more tech savvy recommended replacing the department’s old antique outdated router with something more up to date.
Carpenter said he is asking local businesses if they have a used router they don’t need any more. The router needs to have at least 12 ports, he said.
Council member Dan Gay informed Carpenter that his business updated its network system a few years ago, and they may still have the old router - which has 16 ports.
The chief thanked Gay, and also explained that the reason he is looking for a used router is the department is in the process of upgrading its entire computer system. If the department bought one now, it would have to purchased a second one from Dell once the upgrade is complete.
In other business:
*Council reported that it has received $31,443 in natural gas impact fees.
*Council reported that Susquehanna River Day will be held at Riverside Park on July 21, from 1 to 7 p.m., rain or shine.
*Robinson informed the rest of the council that Mayor Norm Ball had been in the hospital, but returned home on Thursday.
Robinson said he did not know why the mayor was hospitalized.
*Because of the annual Triton Hose Company carnival, the next council meeting will be on Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.