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New storage units planned for Mill Hall

MILL HALL — Self-storage units are proposed for the former Benji’s Bar property on North Water Street.

Tom Smith of JET, LLC, the corporation that owns the land, attended the most recent meeting of Mill Hall Borough Council, when Dennis Norman of Norman Engineered Designs presented JET’s plans.

A 40×150-foot metal building is proposed, Norman said, which could hold 32 to 38 storage units, ranging in size from 5×10 feet to 10×20 feet.

Council gave the plan conditional approval.

It still needs a highway occupancy permit and erosion control approval from the Clinton County Conservation District, Norman said. Although a portion of the site is in the flood plain, the building should be above flood level, he said, so that should pose no problems.

The building might be up and ready for business four or five months from now, if all goes as planned, he said.

Borough council also approved advertising for a part-time police officer, and Mayor Thomas H. Bossert reported on the regional police study.

Mill Hall is one of nine municipalities included in the study by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services. The others are the City of Lock Haven, Flemington Borough, and Allison, Bald Eagle, Castanea, Dunnstable, Lamar and Porter townships.

The study suggests a number of options, with various examples of ways the nine municipalities could combine for police services, including estimated costs, according to Bossert.

It is motivated by state House Bill 1619 that would assess $25 per person from any municipality that does not have a local police force and relies on the state police for service.

In other business, council approved keeping the same medical insurance for employees for next year, as well as hiring one part-time worker for the summer.

Council also approved an ordinance governing small cellular-service towers. Without such an ordinance, council has heard, towers could legally be placed along public streets and essentially in residents’ front yards.

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