Tunkhannock Borough Council plans to pursue improvements to the bridge that connects the borough and Eaton Township over the Susquehanna River.
“The project is a go with most of the costs covered by a grant,” council president Bob Robinson said at Thursday’s council meeting. “It will include new poles on the bridge with LED lighting.”
Tunkhannock Borough and Eaton Township received a joint grant through PennDOT for approximately $58,000. Any future maintenance would also get split between both municipalities.
The project will likely take shape this spring, Robinson said.
Last Thursday was the final meeting for Marshall Davis, who has served 12 years as a council member.
After hearing personal thanks from his fellow council members, Mayor Stacy Huber and Chief Keith Carpenter, Davis provided some closing remarks.
He thanked his friends and neighbors for giving him the opportunity to serve the borough, as well as his colleagues for providing a place to express opinions with civility.
“The borough that I came to serve is a lot different now than it was 12 years ago,” he said. “It’s something that none of us can control.”
He hopes residents could understand that the “borough of yesteryear” could never be the same for multiple reasons, including stricter requirements and unfunded mandates placed on municipalities.
“I think we try to do the best service we can with the money that’s available,” he said.
In closing, he congratulated and welcomed Ron Coolbaugh, who will take over his seat in January.
“I think we’ve got a person that has common sense, intelligence and integrity, and I think those are the things that will fit right in with all of the other people at this table,” Davis said.
Council also adopted an amendment to the borough’s property maintenance ordinance. If a property owner neglects to bring their property into compliance, the borough has the right to complete the work on its own and file a municipal lien.
Additionally, a stormwater agreement that would help divert water runoff from the area of the Bridge Street Marketplace is still pending, Robinson said.
Mayor Huber announced that the Tunkhannock Borough Police Department received a Walmart Community Grant of $500 for software upgrades to the mobile systems in the police cars.
Chief Carpenter gave Officer Dustin Cokely credit for writing the grant. Cokely plans to pursue an additional grant opportunity for the police department.
Carpenter also commented on the November police report provided to council. So far this year, criminal charges have increased in the borough, with 46 last month.
“The amount of criminal charges have more than doubled just in one year,” he said.
Council accepted a letter from the Civil Service Commission detailing an eligibility list for a full-time police officer hire.
“This is a major step… I would hope that the borough will move as quickly as possible in the new year to bring this home,” said Davis.
Robinson said with Officer Bob Roberts set to resign once he begins his new role as county sheriff, council intends to replace him with another officer to maintain the department’s current numbers.
Council also accepted payment in lieu of taxes from the Wyoming County Historical Society ($350), Triton Hose Company ($1,500), the Children’s Service Center ($1,960) and the Tunkhannock Presbyterian Church ($100).
Council member Ben Barziloski said a COG meeting was held on Nov. 12, with another scheduled for some time in February.
Tunkhannock Borough Council has a reorganization meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.