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Sligo Approves Clarview Amendment, Faces Mystery Water Usage

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 12:05 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

clarview signSLIGO, Pa. (EYT) – An agreement between the Sligo Borough Authority and Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Country Spring to connect its sewer line with Sligo is moving along and the authority approved an amendment to the agreement at its May meeting.

The amendment, prepared by Knox Law, Sligo’s secondary solicitor, provides Clarview with a five-year right of first refusal for the reserve capacity of 25 EDU.

Clarview already paid $35,000.00 for 35 EDUs and will also pay $2,556.24 to reimburse the Authority for expenses incurred with the connection.

In other Authority business, a case of missing water remains unsolved.  Officials are describing it as a mystery about unexplained water usage of 27,500 gallons at sewage plant on March 5 through April 3. PA American Water was contacted, and the meter was read again, but nothing was found.

Sligo Borough Council

Speaking of water, Council heard that the COG pool should be ready for a June 8 opening. Volunteers are busy painting picnic tables. Chuck Marsh and Ed Myers are also reviewing electrical work planned for the pavilions.

The Veterans Memorial Committee is having dirt hauled to the corner lot for Veterans Memorial Park. Veterans flags were hung up on electric poles on Saturday, May 4. The veterans committee requested Sligo Borough to investigate CDBG guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines for additional funding. In talking with Clarion County Planning, Sligo does not meet the 51 percent low-moderate income guidelines for CDBG funding. The last count of Sligo Borough’s population shows the LM I at 38.7 percent.

Council voted last month by resolution to resubmit for the third time a multi-modal transportation fund grant for the replacement of the Sligo footbridge to Sligo Elementary and the COG Pool. The total cost was $143,000.00 and Sligo requested $100,100.00, with the local share. at $42,900.00.

Sligo Borough Council also agreed at this month’s meeting to resubmit an application for the PennDOT Multi Modal Transportation Fund Grant. The Council adopted a resolution stating the amount requested and designating Sherry Laughlin, president, and Janey Corle, secretary/treasurer, to execute all documents and agreements.

Sligo Borough is also considering applying to DCED for a multi modal transportation fund grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). CFA charges a $100.00 non-refundable application fee are applications are received between March 1 and July 31 of each year. Allen Williams of PennDOT is willing to help with the application.

In other business:

  • The Council is expected to take action at the July meeting regarding execution of a cable franchise agreement with Comcast/Xfinity. New regulations do not provide free Internet access for Sligo Rec Center.
  • The Clarion County Election Bureau received approval from the Sligo Presbyterian Church to hold elections in the Adult Sunday School Room for the primary elections on May 21.
  • Janey Corle emailed over 25 ordinances to Tim Watcher of Knox Law for review. will Watcher will prepare a draft ordinance for Sligo to authorize the code enforcement officer to enforce ordinances. The code enforcement officer needs no special qualifications, according to Watcher, and council has the discretion to hire whomever. Sligo Borough Mayor Jeremy Shumakerindicated at an earlier meeting he would be willing to act as code enforcement officer until the end of the year.
  • Jim Schepis of PennDOT Municipal Services met with the Borough Road Committee to examine streets for this year’s roadwork. The committee suggests milling a portion of Morris Street, paving a portion of Front Street Extension and Morris Street, and seal coating a portion of Lyon Street. Permission was granted to advertise for bids.

Schepis also suggested that Sligo Borough contact the Clarion Conservation District to schedule a meeting to examine possible dirt and gravel road projects such as Front Street Extension, Miller Street, Limestone Flat Road. Sligo may have to do some in-kind work as part of the program requirements and grant applications are accepted and considered throughout the year.

  • Amtrust North America denied a Worker’s Compensation claim for a volunteer firefighter who was in the firetruck at a call when his defibrillator went off. An ambulance transported him to the hospital to be checked out.
  • Yard sales will be held June 6, 7, and 8.
  • Sligo Borough received an email from councilman Matthew Des of West Easton Borough in North Hampton County, requesting Sligo consider adopting a resolution or drafting a letter to send to state representatives asking that they amend the Right-to-know Law and provide relief from vexatious requesters. No action was taken.
  • Attorney Tim Watcher informed Council, after talking with Christine Gardner, PA state administrator for social security for public employees. Local government, school district, and authority employees are not specifically eligible for Social Security. They can have such withholdings made and participate in the System if the entity has a Section 218 Agreement with the Social Security Administration. Sligo has a Section 218 Agreement and attorneys are reviewing it for compliance.
  • Council members attending the May meeting included President Sherry Laughlin, Michele Elder, Kerry Graham, Chuck Marsh, Wayne Meier, and Tom Switzer. Also attending was Sligo Mayor Jeremy Shumaker.

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