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Shickshinny to borrow $200,000 for park project

State will reimburse the borough for money used for the improvements.

July 04. 2013 11:38PM
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SHICKSHINNY — So far, $318,000 in state grant money has been expended on the Crary Park project, but another $200,000 is needed, said Mayor Beverly Moore.

Borough council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to obtain a tax anticipation note in this amount from Landmark Bank of Pittston in order to comply with provisions for additional grant money set by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

DCNR is requiring Shickshinny to first pay all costs and then submit for reimbursement of the $200,000.

Wendy Kramer, borough treasurer, said the loan was obtained at 2.99 percent interest, but if the borough repays by Oct. 31, the cost will be only $1,096. If, however, the loan spans to Dec. 31, the cost will be more than $2,000.

Councilman Barry Noss said he cast the lone no vote because “this project wasn’t supposed to cost the taxpayers anything, but here they are about to get hit with a $2,000 bill.”

In her report, Moore also mentioned the boat launch “is currently under water in more ways than one,” and when asked to elaborate, Moore said she was referring to the concrete ramp area being inundated by the rising Susquehanna River. A recent series of rainstorms had swollen the river to near-flood levels. If any damage has occurred, it won’t be known until the water recedes.

Overall, however, the Crary project has been instrumental in having Shickshinny designated as a River Town Destination as well as improving the borough’s business atmosphere and contributing to the revitalization of the riverfront area, Moore said. In addition to DCNR, funding has been received through the state Fish and Game Commission and the state Wildlife Agency, she said.

Council also voted 5-0 to authorize police to continue working 10 additional hours per week through July with extra time dedicated to drug-related incidents and investigations.

In other business:

• Rick Harmon, codes enforcement officer, said he will issue a citation to a Glenn Avenue resident who has been illegally keeping bags of garbage on the property.

•C ouncil heard complaints from Richard Kuchta about syringes and other drug waste being strewn on his property along Furnace Dam Road.

• Kramer reported that a substantial savings in workers’ compensation insurance has been secured: $34,349 in premiums in 2012-13 in comparison to $13,912 in 2013-14.

• Moore, stating it’s stipulated in the borough code, submitted an invoice to have the borough pay for legal services she incurred with attorney Franklin Kepner III of Berwick. Solicitor John Pike has the matter under review.

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