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Laceyville Council Holds Brief Meeting, Handles Routine Business

Members of the Laceyville Borough Council took care of August's business in just 40 minutes Tuesday evening.

Tim Shotwell told council that everything is under control at the waterworks and that he plans to clean the borough's larger reservoir in the near future.

Phil Brewer mentioned that Terry Johnson has been experiencing discolored water during periods of rain. Shotwell said he could not explain why this was happening. Other councilmembers said they were not having this problem at their homes.

On another matter, Brewer said he is still waiting for a reply from a contractor regarding filling a hole on Main Street near Laceyville Hardware's carpet store. The hole is blamed on settlement from the community sewer project a number of years ago. A number of spots in the borough have experienced similar problems, and councilmembers voiced concerns that shoddy sewer construction methods left the borough with a ticking time bomb that will result in more street sinking in the future.

Other matters discussed included:

—Hearing from Parks Committee Chairman Richard Rogers that he plans to paint the concession stand and dugouts at Donovan Park. It was also noted that fall ball starts at the park on Aug. 28.

—Discussing a letter from Borough Solicitor Paul Litwin advising council that his rates will increase Jan. 1, 2005 and that council will also be required to pay a quarterly retainer of $300. Councilmembers noted that the retainer fee alone amounts to more than council spends in a typical year for legal fees. Don VanDeMark suggested that council start looking for another lawyer, but no action was taken on this matter Tuesday night.

—Hearing from Mary Tyler that a vacant seat on the Municipal Authority still needs to be filled. The seat was formerly held by Keith Bluhm.

—Agreeing to advertise for bids for the paving of Maple and Thompson Streets.

—Hearing from Ken Patton that paperwork has been filed for funding for Phase 4 of the borough's revitalization project, which will cover Main Street to Thompson and Bee Street. The improvements will be similar to those completed during earlier phases of the renovation.

—Discussing an announcement by Trehab that it plans to renovate a Main Street home that was formerly used as medical offices and turn it into a combined commercial and residential property. (See story in this week's Rocket-Courier).

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