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Seward Roadway Inn to be demolished

| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Seward Borough Council Solicitor Scott Mears Jr. has been successful in linking together all interested parties to rid the borough of a long-standing borough eye sore — The Roadway Inn on Route 56.

At the February council meeting last week, Mears said the property located near the junction of Route 56 and 711 North was recently purchased through a free-and-clear sale at the Tax Claim Bureau by the neighboring Sunoco station owner, Harry Bess. Mears research determined that delinquent taxes had forced the sale of the inn. This prompted Mears to contact Bess, whose now-vacant Sunoco station adjoins the inn's property, and alert him of the upcoming sale.

PennDOT recently offered a free demolition of the inn. Once the bid is accepted for a contractor to demolish the old bridge on Route 56, clean fill from that demolition will be placed on the site of the old inn in exchange for demolishing the inn, according to Mears.

In other business:

• Seward Borough Council Secretary-Treasurer Kate Colt presented in the tax collector's report: earned income tax $2,307.68, local service tax $2,021.42, real estate tax $522.06, per capita tax - fire $33 and delinquent per capita tax - fire $11. Additional monies were received from the borough's insurance agency, Mos Holder Insurance Agency, in the amount of $104.57 as part of a rebate incentive for keeping the borough's insurance losses down. Other checks received by the borough include $1,573 as a result of a workman's compensation audit and $3,261.45 from Comcast as franchise tax due the borough as a result of the number of residents who have signed on with the carrier.

• Police chief Bob Malnofsky reported the police force worked 336¾ duty hours in January. There were 23 traffic citations and 17 incidents which included three motor vehicle accidents. The force's two cruisers listed 1,127 miles driven and $482.25 was spent on gas for the month.

•The Ford Explorer police vehicle was damaged after sliding on ice onKeystone Street during the recent bad snow storms. Damages to a parked vehicle involved in the incident are estimated to be $3,000. The Ford Explorer's damage is estimated at $2,912. Malnofsky said the patrol car is still in compliance and is currently operating as a second police vehicle. The patrol car will go out of service when a date can be scheduled for body work and paint repair.

• Council member Shawn Shaftic said the Laurel Valley Baseball Association will be using the borough's baseball field this year. Sign up for T-ball and minors/majors is Saturday. The association will mow the field throughout the baseball season in exchange for use of the ball field.

• Council member Fran Hajjar and Veteran's Memorial Committee member Sandy Mitchell informed Seward residents about the proposed veteran's memorial monument. They collected $1,980 toward the $8,700 cost of the monument.

Alice White is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.