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JS council discusses Wilson Street bridge

JERSEY SHORE — Jersey Shore has a bridge problem.

The Wilson Street bridge is in need of repair, but it could be costly.

The situation was among topics discussed at council’s first meeting of 2021 this week.

The Wilson Street bridge over Pfotus Run has been deemed “poorly rated” and in need of replacement by Lycoming County, according to borough manager Cody Hoover.

The bridge basically needs ripped out and replaced … beams, abutments and all, he said.

Council approved a new bridge design, with Councilwoman Janet Barnhart abstaining because because of the project’s impact on her property adjacent to the bridge.

The project is not out for bid yet.

Also on Monday night, after a suggestion by Mayor Abbey Welker, council unanimously voted to dedicate February to local health care workers and emergency first responders “for their hard work” in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

“We thank you,” Welker said. “We are behind you and you have made Jersey Shore proud.”

Next month, council will sign a resolution on the declaration.

In other business, council is accepting applications for a part-time highway equipment operator.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 15 with interviews to happen shortly after.

Welker was also approved to organize and perform wedding ceremonies.

Council aapproved allowing the YMCA to use outside basketball courts near the community pool for basketball tournaments on March 20, 27 and 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The recreation committee will be putting up a plastic collection site at Weis Market for locals to recycle their plastics, it was reported. Once enough plastic is gathered, the committee will send it off to be made into a bench that will be placed in the borough at a location yet to be determined.

Councilman Scott Bierly said he hopes the Holiday House Decorating Cntest will have more prizes next year and more participants.

“The more you can give out (prizes) the better,” he said. “Next year should be bigger, I hope.”

Winners of the contest received gift cards to The Shore Diner.

In other news, Dan McClellan and Barrett Allison were reappointed to the Planning Commission for four-year terms and Samantha McIlwain and Krista Gephart were reappointed to the Jersey Shore Area Joint Water Authority for four-year terms.

There is a vacancy on the Zoning Hearing Board.

Other council members present this week were Sean Simcox, Mike Zellers, Kenneth Scheesley, Barbara Schmouder and Dennis Thompson.

Council meetings will remain on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in borough chambers.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9.

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