2018-02-10 / News

State funding likely for levee

With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake, Emporium Borough Council welcomed recent news that its 1.7-mile levee system is a step closer to being accredited.

Documentation has been located that confirms the state designed and built the 70-yearold structure, a key element in qualifying for funding to help pay its upkeep and repairs.

Emporium landed a $220,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority last year to cover most of the expenses for a study required for federal certification of the structure along Sinnemahoning Creek.

“This doesn’t place the levee on the state’s sponsored list of projects, but it’s a positive step,” said Borough Manager Reed. “It will now be inspected annually and its status will be reviewed for inclusion on that list.”

In other news, council is contemplating a measure to restrict parking on both sides of an 840-foot section of Sixth Street Extension. Residents have complained that parked vehicles are creating a hazard for drivers and could impede emergency vehicles. The change would allow police to ticket offenders.

Also, council was informed that approximately 20 property owners have been notified that they are in violation of the borough’s snow removal ordinance. Home and business owners are required to clear sidewalks within 12 hours of a snowfall.

Meanwhile, one of the borough’s two traffic signals may be removed, pending the outcome of a PennDOT study. Officials say the volume of traffic at the intersection of Woodland and West Fourth streets has decreased.

In other business, Council:

• agreed to transfer ownership of a property at 236 West Fifth Street to Northern Tier Community Action Corp. The agency plans to demolish the structure and develop low-income housing.

• honored Emporium Volunteer Fire Department’s Butch Housler for 40 years of service, including 23 years as chief.

• reappointed Tom Gavlock as the borough’s representative to Cameron County Ambulance Service Board.

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