Jersey Shore approves regional police study


For The Express

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council approved a letter of intent Monday with the state Department of Community and Economic Development for a regional police study between Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department and Old Lycoming Township.

Borough Manager Joseph Hamm noted Old Lycoming Township and all municipalities comprising Tiadaghton Valley would have to give their approval for the study to go forward.

Tiadaghton Valley provides police protection for Jersey Shore and Porter, Piatt and Nippenose townships.

The study would be funded by DCED.

In other matters, council approved Community Development Block Grant funding for the second phase of the Meadow Alley reconstruction project.

Borough officials agreed the project, which includes extensive stormwater work, would be the most practical use of funds.

“We’ve already allocated money to Meadow Alley,” Councilman Sean Simcox said. “Let’s fix it. Let’s fix it right.”

Kristen McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, which administers CDBG funding, noted the borough’s allocation for this year is $93,901 — about $2,000 more than last year.

The other project considered for funding was the reconstruction of South Alley.

The vote to approve the Meadow Alley project was 6-0.

Voting in favor were Simcox, Barbara Schmouder, Kenneth Scheesley, Marguerite Dyroff, Matthew Haag, and Michael Zellers. Janet Barnhart and Paul Garrett were absent.

Council voted to advertise for an ordinance covering borough-owned parking lot restrictions.

The law, in part, would further define and prevent vehicles from being abandoned or parked for lengthy, uninterrupted periods on borough lots.

Council approved a request from UGI to do excavation work at 1431 Allegheny St. and 119 Oliver St. in order to bring gas service to those sites.

The approval was given with the stipulation that the company restore the roads.

Council gave approval for a request from a non-profit group to locate five sheds near the community gazebo.

Tina Cooney, of Revitalize Jersey Shore, said the plan is for businesses to lease the sheds. She said the concept is based on a model in place in Forest County.

Council approved a quote of $1,200 from Lofreddo’s Tree Trimming & Removal to cut down several trees.

Michael Berger, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, asked council to provide its support for the upcoming population count.