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Sligo Appoints Sign Committee Despite Some Opposition

Saturday, July 13, 2019 @ 12:07 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

sligoSLIGO, Pa. (EYT) – Sligo Borough Council granted approval at its July meeting for a committee to look at the replacement or refinishing of signs welcoming visitors to the town.

Rick Smerkar, of Licking Township, approached the council about a sign project at the June meeting, but there were not enough members present for a quorum, so no action could be taken.

“We’re seeking approval to put together the four elements of a sign committee,” said Smerkar who attended the council meeting with Connell Kindel of Sligo. “We would look at the design, and the committee could do this and bring it back to you guys.”

According to Smerkar, the four elements would be:

  • Look at the design and types of signs;
  • Looking at the cost of typical signage;
  • Finding funding sources; and
  • Conduct background work and contacting other communities about their signage and how it was funded.

Smerkar said at last month’s meeting that communities have different types of signs that often project a community identity. Many are professionally produced and are constructed of different materials than the current painted wooden Sligo sign. The cost could range from $500.00 to $5,000.00 and beyond.

“None of the group has moved forward on anything until we kind of have a blessing on a small committee that I don’t think would last very long,” continued Smerkar. “You’re probably looking at a couple of months to get through most of those issues.  I’m looking for feedback.  The article created a lot of interest in signage, and I think it’s appropriate that it did.”

“I’d like to do it, but once again I don’t live in Sligo. I’m in Licking Township.”

Councilmember Chuck Marsh said he liked the current signs.

“I personally like the signs that we have and all of the feedback that I got, from probably eight people that I’ve spoken to in town, is that they also like the ones we have,” said Marsh.

“They need painted again and cleaned up and repaired. I think we could do that at a small expense.  I like them the way they are.

“I don’t appreciate somebody coming from a different municipality and telling us what we need to do in our town with our signs.”

“I don’t think I told anyone what to do, but left it as a possible solution,” Smerkar replied.

“You live in Licking Township – are you doing anything with Callensburg signs?” Marsh asked.

“Yes, I am, as a matter of fact. This isn’t about me, and that’s not why I’m here,” Smerkar responded.

Councilmember Kerry Graham weighed in: “I kind of find it interesting that somebody is actually showing some concern about our town. Our town needs some work.”

Council President Sherry Laughlin also welcomed Smerkar’s proposal.

“We need all of the volunteers we can get because the people in town don’t always volunteer,” said Laughlin. “I appreciate that you’re willing to come in town. If you’re willing to spearhead it, I say go for it because every volunteer is needed no matter what you do or where you’re from.

“I personally feel the signs need to be updated and modernized. We don’t do an Irish Festival anymore.”

Marsh noted that the reason for not doing an Irish Festival is a lack of volunteers.

Laughlin called for a motion to let Smerkar form a committee and bring back suggestions related to potential funding.

“I see myself as the project manager because that’s my skillset (a civil engineer),” said Smerkar.  “The solution really needs to go through you and all of you decide.

“Once again, the status quo is always one solution. We’ll try to do a good job, and you can fire us at any time.”

“And my goal is to improve Sligo as much as we can,” Laughlin commented.

Laughlin updated the council on efforts to replace the footbridge connecting Sligo Borough and Sligo Elementary School and the COG Pool Park. Allen Williams of PennDOT met with Sligo officials to help with a DCED Commonwealth Finance to secure funding for repair of the footbridge through a Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant Application. Applications are due by July 31 and Clarion County Commissioners have been asked for a letter of support.

In another matter, Sligo Borough Council is requesting the appearance of a Comcast representative to appear at the next meeting of the borough council to discuss reasons for eliminating the complementary provision of Internet service for the Sligo Rec Center. The Rec Center is a designated disaster center and needs the service for emergency services. In the past, service was provided to the borough office, but a new stipulation and cable franchise agreement eliminate the complimentary service. Sligo must still approve a new 10-year franchise agreement with Comcast.

In other business:

  • Grant’s Plumbing is scheduled to test the backflow assembly at the Sligo Rec Center as required by PA American Water.
  • Electrical work was completed at the COG Pool Park by James Troup. Sligo Presbyterian Church paid for the work, and the church has excess funds to assist COG with waterline upgrades. Advanced Disposal also donated trash collection service for the COG, and trees were cut down in the park by Halteman’s Tree Service. According to Marsh, repair of the baby pool or an alternative are being considered.
  • Eleven vendors are already signed up for the Homes for the Holidays celebration. The council released a $750.00 donation to Sligo Development Council.
  • Notice was received from Southern Clarion County Ambulance Service that Rimersburg Borough has agreed to let SCCAS employees sign on with the borough health insurance. SCCAS is asking municipalities where they serve to consider extending a monthly donation amount to offset but their employees have to pay. Sligo Borough currently donates $250.00 per year for the ambulance. No action was taken.
  • Hager Paving, Inc. was the low bidder for milling portions of Morris Street, paving a portion of Front Street Extension, and seal-coating a portion of Lyon Street.  Hager was awarded the contract for $38,181.00.
  • Attending the meeting were: Laughlin, Marsh, Graham, Michele Elder, and Mayor Jeremy Shumaker.


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