Nicholson Borough Council plans to move forward with its Streetscape project that would replace borough sidewalks in need of repair.
At Monday’s borough council meeting, secretary and treasurer Jessica Bower said agreements for people who own property with sidewalks involved in the project are being drawn up.
Council approved paying Catherine Garbus $288 for verifying the ownership of each of the 24 properties involved.
Once agreements are completed, council members can go to property owners for signatures and also ask how they want any vaults on their property handled.
Council member John Bower estimates that seven or eight properties have vaults that would either need to be filled in or reinforced.
Solicitor Paul Litwin said vaults would need separate agreements and have to be dealt with on a case by case basis, as more could go wrong dealing with a vault than replacing a sidewalk.
Litwin also suggested asking property owners about vaults even if they claim there isn’t one on their property to expedite the process in case one is found during construction.
Jessica Bower said after bids are handled this fall, the sidewalks should be completed by the spring.
Also on Monday, Bower announced that a borough footbridge that was damaged during a recent flood will receive funding for repairs.
So far, the borough has received $10,458 in federal funding and waits on remaining funding from the state.
In regard to the Horton Creek project with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the National Resources Conservation Service that would install riprap along parts of the creek, Bower said the need for bids will be advertised for two weeks.
Council members will open sealed bids at their September meeting.
Since an intermunicipal agreement dealing with building and property maintenance codes originally adopted in 2004 could not be located, council readopted it on Monday.
Under zoning, council decided to terminate its agreement with Northeast Inspection Consultants and hire Bureau Veritas as its code enforcement officials instead.
Council will send NEIC a letter giving a 90-day notice and reach out to Bureau Veritas to get the partnership officially started.
Under streets and sidewalks, council president Dawn Bell said Davis Tree Care in Factoryville gave her a quote of $2,950 to remove six trees on borough property that pose safety risks.
Bell attributed the price to the company needing to deal with power lines while removing certain trees.
On Monday, Bell also suggested removing at least two shrubs that are impeding the view of the military monument from the State Street side, and council gave a green light.
Council approved a motion to hire Davis Tree Care, which can do the work after six weeks.
Council also renewed its insurance plan with DGK Insurance in Factoryville.
Nicholson Borough Council has moved its next meeting from Monday, Sept. 2 to Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.