Factoryville Borough revises parking ordinance on College Avenue

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com | July 22nd, 2015 3:42 pm

FACTORYVILLE — Members of the borough council voted to approve an updated parking ordinance during a monthly meeting July 8. Per the terms of the ordinance, there is a 15-minute parking limit in front of the post office on College Avenue and a two-hour parking limit from the end of the post office driveway to the section of the street where parking is prohibited until 6 p.m. each day.

Grant writer Sadie Rozenburg announced the borough bid out two projects this month for blockwork and the foundation of a concession stand and paving at Christy Mathewson Park.

“Both bids came in way higher than we can afford,” she said.

The council approved a motion to reject the original bids and rebid the concession stand work with a change in the scope of the project.

“The grant for the concession stand was originally bid out in the park board’s name,” Rozenburg said. “This time, it will be rebid with the borough as the grant recipient.”

Per an email following the meeting, borough manager Mary Ellen Buckbee said the decision regarding the concession stand bids may be adjusted following a special meeting between Factoryville Borough and Clinton Township on Thursday, July 16.

Members of council also approved a motion to reject bids for the paying project. The plan is to wait until September to rebid the work and minimize the scope of the job to make it more affordable.

According to Buckbee, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) informed the Countryside Conservancy that a decision will not be made on the allocation of additional grant money through the Safe Routes to School program to extend the Trolley Trail into the borough of Factoryville until the state budget is passed.

Buckbee added the borough will receive $28,000 in Pennsylvania Utility Commission Act 13 impact fee money.

Last month, the council authorized drilling test wells into Wilson Street if the borough was reimbursed. The borough received a check and drilling will begin “as soon as possible,” according to Buckbee.

Members of council approved a winter service agreement with PennDOT for snow and ice removal on state highways within the borough’s borders.

During the Parks and Recreation report, Councilman David Truitt announced new playground equipment is expected to be installed this month at Christy Mathewson Park along with a swing set at the Clinton Township-Factoryville Borough Joint Municipal Park.

Members of council approved a motion to approve the lowest quote, not to exceed $11,745, for the repair of catch basins.

By Robert Tomkavage


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