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Smithton authority seat remains vacant

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

Smithton Council Monday night voted to table for one more month the appointment of someone to the vacant municipal authority board seat.

Last month action was tabled so council members could get clarification on the residency requirements of the position.

With relevant documentation in hand, council President Dan Barthels felt it was time to make the appointment Monday. His was the lone dissenting vote in tabling the matter for another month.

While there were two interested individuals to choose from, council members Fred Foster, Nancy Poland and Kevin Regotti felt more might come forward if given the chance. Councilmen Robert Prah, Carl Cathers and Bruce Celapino were absent.

According to the Municipal Authorities Act, taxpayers, business owners and citizens of areas where the sewage system extends are permitted to be appointed to the authority board.

Anyone so inclined should submit a letter of interest to the borough office before next month's council meeting, March 11.

In another matter, council approved sending a certified letter to Robert McKown, the new owner of the former Jones Brewery property, inviting him to the March council meeting. It is hoped he will attend and let the public know his intended use of the property, including whether or not he has any plans for water extraction.

Council also approved a two-year contract with Fred Moran's Midnight Kennels for animal control in the borough. Moran will patrol the town a minimum of two days per week and will respond to calls for animal control.

The cost of the contract is $85 per month plus extra charges for calls may during off hours. Details are available at the borough office.

Other actions taken include approving the purchase of a lockbox to be installed outside of the borough building's front door, deciding to get estimates on sidewalk and gas line replacement outside the borough building and acceptance of the preliminary approval of a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $30,000 for repaving Fort Street.

William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bzirkle@tribweb.com or 724-872-6800.

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