At a reorganization meeting on Monday, Dawn Bell and David Noakes were elected to serve Nicholson Borough Council as president and vice president for another year.
Nicholson Mayor Charlie Litwin swore in Noakes and returning council member John Bower. President Judge Russell Shurtleff swore in returning council member Albert Olive earlier in the day.
Council also appointed Karen Brown to serve as the vacancy board chair.
Other appointments included:
*Jessica Bower: borough manager-secretary/treasurer at $10.75 per hour and open records officer. (John Bower abstained from the vote.)
*Gary Evans: zoning officer/floodplain administrator at $20 per hour and $0.58 per mile.
*Connor Crock and Teddy Roberts: road crew members at $14 per hour.
*Lochen & Chase: auditor.
*JHA Companies: sewer enforcement officer.
*Bureau Veritas: building code inspector/property maintenance code enforcement.
*Paul Litwin: solicitor.
*Robert Mclain: Emergency Management Agency coordinator at $500 per year.
*Garrett McCracken: water/sewer authority board, 5-year term.
*Tom Campbell: zoning hearing board, 5-year term.
In a regular meeting that followed, Patti Peltz asked council members if they would support hanging Hometown Heroes banners in Nicholson for past and current military members.
Council supported the idea and may need to look into potential liability issues with the poles.
Bell also suggested asking the local American Legion post for assistance.
Reese Scott has resigned from his role in borough maintenance. Two other individuals on the payroll for plowing could fill in until council finds someone to fill the position.
After the Nicholson Water Authority secured a Community Development Block Grant, council realized the borough could also qualify for the next five years. Council members plan to look into estimates for a variety of bigger projects they could potentially pursue with CDBG funds, including a new furnace, a new roof and handicap accessible ramp, and garage improvements.
Jessica Bower said the Hortons Creek project, which involved installing riprap to alleviate flooding, has been completed.
Additionally, Mayor Litwin said the Martins Creek flooding project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service could now move forward with finding contractors.
Council member Joan Jenkins reminded residents not to leave items outside of the borough recycling bins. If the bins are full, she asked that people return at a later time to drop off their recyclables.
Bell mentioned that Clinton Township gave the borough a camera system, which may get installed near the bins to prevent people from misusing the recycling service.
Council also signed a salt participation contract with COSTARS for 2020-21 winter season.
Before adjourning, council met in an executive session to discuss a personnel issue.
Nicholson Borough Council is scheduled to meet again on Monday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m.