Irvona needs community's help to renovate monument|
Friday, October 5, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
IRVONA - There is a new project under way in Irvona Borough, as discussed at last night's council meeting. The veterans memorial monument is going to be renovated but those behind the project need the community's help.
Donna Morrison attended the meeting to discuss the project and Mayor John "PJ" Patterson said the monument is in the park and after a discussion with council and Secretary/Treasurer Joanne McGarvey, it was learned the money the borough receives from the Marcellus shale gas well drilling can be used for park renovations.
Council will try to use some of the money for that project.
What the community needs to do to help is to send the names of anyone who has served in the military to Morrison at 1772 Dorsey Ave., Irvona, PA 16656 or call her with the names at 672-5935.
Morrison said she is also looking for photos so a book can be put together, again of any and all people who have served in the military. Part of the renovation project includes putting additional names on the memorial and redoing the stone to a better condition as the current stone is deteriorating.
Council also received the tentative 2013 budget and while there was not a lot of discussion, McGarvey asked council to review the budget for tentative adoption at the November meeting. At the present time it does not appear as though there will be a tax increase in 2013.
Patterson told council the roof on the shed behind the borough building has been repaired and it was done in house by the borough employees. He said the materials are at the borough building for the roof on the pavilion and there is a possibility the Irvona Recreation Authority can get a work party together to do the work on it. Patterson said the materials cost about $1,500.
Patterson said he would like to proclaim October as "Jeff and Kathy Kennedy Month." He said the Kennedys have been doing a great job running the Irvona Ambulance and have been on 95 percent of the calls. He said there are now other emergency medical services responders helping them out, but the couple still ends up on a majority of the runs.
Patterson officially proclaimed October as "Jeff and Kathy Kennedy and All Irvona EMS Personal Month."
Council noted that code enforcement officer Mike Mulhollen has visited at least 10 places within the borough since being hired last month. This visit is about tires and trying to keep the threat of the West Nile Virus down. He said the majority of those he visited have been very cooperative.
It was also noted the cleanup with Coalport and Glen Hope boroughs and Beccaria Township will be held on Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. with the drop-off at the Coalport Borough garage on Forest Street.
In other business, council:
• set trick-or-treat night for Oct. 27 from 2-5 p.m. Those with treats for the children are asked to leave the porch lights on.
• approved the purchase of two tires for the skid steer at a cost of about $1,100.
• heard Patterson was able to get a new computer for the mayor's office at a cost of $700. North Central Regional Planning Commission will reimburse the borough to $400.
• heard the restrooms are closed at the park for the winter.
• approved Patterson purchasing a port-a-power for use when working on equipment.
• heard a pipe in the alley between Hopkins and Berwind streets will be repaired to cut down on water running into the streets.
• heard Patterson say the new street signs are in and some have already been installed.