Laceyville Borough Council last Tuesday explored the possibility of setting up a storage shed near the township building.
Borough treasurer Ken Johnson explained that the shed would be 10 feet by 12 feet, and cost $3,500. Of that cost, 25 percent would be paid by the borough, he said, while 75 percent would be paid by the local water authority. Both groups would share the use of the building.
The shed, Johnson explained, would be used to store road signs and other equipment.
“We need a storage facility,” said Laceyville Mayor Phil Brewer.
While Council President Randy Brigham agreed with the idea, he felt that an alternative be option be examined before going ahead with the proposal.
He asked about a small shed located in Donovan Park owned by the Roosevelt Trail League, which has indicated it is willing to donate the shed to the borough.
This would be a good cost saving measure, particularly around budget time, Brigham explained.
Council member Henry Laboranti said the door needs to be repaired.
Council agreed by consensus to look over the RTL shed to determine if it would be suitable for borough needs. If so, council would probably have it moved next to the borough building.
Brigham also reported that at least six water trucks were spotted recently, traveling down Main Street in the borough, hauling water for natural gas companies.
Brigham and other council members reminded the public that trucks are prohibited from traveling through the borough, except when making local deliveries.
Council announced that it would be placing advertisements for bids for snow removal in the borough that will be approved at the Oct. 2 meeting.
When going over the information, Brigham noted that plowing is being done on a number of private roads in the borough, such as Orchard Terrace Street. Brigham wondered why this was being done.
“Because we’re going to get a lot of phone calls if we stop doing it,” Brewer said.
Brigham still continued to express reservations about the practice, particularly in light of the amount of money the borough will have to pay to keep the streets clean this winter.
It was also reported that - given the fact Laceyville is projected to pay approximately $20,000 this season to keep two miles of roads clear - the snow will not be “removed every 15 minutes” as it has in the past.
Police Chief Keith Costello informed the council that abandoned vehicles left in the borough’s parking lot behind the fire hall will soon be ticketed and towed away at the owner’s expense. He said there are a number of vehicles sitting on the lot for the past several months.
Laceyville water operator Jay Butler reported that hydrants throughout the borough are scheduled to be back flushed this week.