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By Thomas Schmitt

Borough council Approves Manager Contract and Old Canal Inn Renovations


Last updated 7/16/2020 at 12:53pm

The July Hollidaysburg Borough Council meeting was held via teleconference on July 9 at 7 p.m.

Katrina Pope, director of Community Relations and Events, reported that concerts were being cancelled as they go due to uptick in reported cases of COVID-19. She also reported that the farmers market held in downtown Hollidaysburg on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. "continues to grow" with new vendors coming on weekly. Pope also discussed the welcome video, "Our Town Hollidaysburg." No one from the public came forward to to address the council and nothing was proposed to be added for next month's meeting. There was no fire marshall report, as he was not present and no report was filed for the meeting.

The new employment contract for Borough Manager Jim Gehret had been reviewed by the entire board and was unanimously accepted. Gehret stepped forward to thank the council for its confidence in him.

Mark Shawley, who had expressed interest in being appointed to the Zoning Board, was unanimously approved to be added as a board member.

Consent Agenda Resolution No. 2020 -13 to do siding and a front porch and renovations to a Mulberry Street property and renovations at 909 Allegheny St. were approved. An AMTRAN funding request for $14,600 for 2021 was approved unanimously. The resolution 2020-14 at 1313 Blair St. concerning builder Crossman adding a second floor for office space to this property with additional parking was discussed. Initially the property was only approved for one floor, but a two-story building had been constructed by Crossman. A revised plan for a second floor was submitted after construction had been completed. The second floor was then considered by the planning commission for office space. Resolution 2020-14 was then unanimously approved.

Resolution 2020-15 involved the Old Canal Inn at 1004 Blair St. Lance Laratonda is proposing upgrades and renovations to the property, including deck additions, a ramp , and smoking area. The board recommendation was to approve Laratonda's addition. He stated emphatically that no bands would be playing on the deck. The resolution was then unanimously approved.

A closed-door executive session was scheduled following the regular meeting. Public participants at the borough meetings may speak for five minutes during the designated public comment period near the beginning of the meeting and must keep phones muted, with no interference, for the rest of the meeting.

The next Hollidaysburg Borough Council teleconference meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 13.


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