Affected property owners to be notified of proposed zoning changes

BY STACI WILSON

People who own Montrose properties adjacent to the M1 and D1 (Medical and Development) zones will soon be hearing from the borough about proposed changes to classify those districts as a C1 (Commercial) zone.

Those property owners will be given 30 days to review the proposed changes to the zones before council moves forward with a public hearing. The borough will be mailing notices to the affected property owners.

The M1 zone is situated in the area of the hospital; the D1 zone is in the area of the Montrose Square apartment complex.

Council approved a payment of about $900 to the Susquehanna County Tax Collection Committee.

The price is the borough’s portion of legal fees the TCC has incurred because of its suit filed against Central Tax, regarding its handling of the earned income tax collection and distribution of those funds.

Councilman Craig Reimel, the borough’s representative to the County TCC, said the committee has accumulated close to an $8,000 legal bill this year and more fees are expected.

The borough was notified it will receive over $71,000 in Act 13 (Impact fee) funds this year.

Council voted to create a special account for the funds at People’s Neighborhood Bank.

There was no discussion on how the funds would be utilized by the borough.

After at least four reports of a dog in the borough “going after” other dogs being walked by owners, the borough will look into whether a “vicious dog ordinance” is necessary and research if other communities have similar type ordinances.

In a discussion that grew heated, Councilwoman Julanne Skinner questioned a curbing project on Wilson St.

Skinner said she was not in attendance at the Aug. 20 meeting where the project was discussed but said she had reviewed the minutes from that meeting and felt it was left unclear as to whether the borough was paying for the project.

Although the project was given approval, the borough minutes did not note the projected cost of the project.

“It was my understanding that the borough would pay for it when I made the motion,” Councilman Sean Granahan said.

Skinner replied, “There’s no explicit language that the borough was on the hook for how many thousands of dollars.”

Granahan explained the borough had created the water issues in that area and therefore the consensus was the borough should remedy the situation.

Skinner maintained that the cost of the project should have been noted on the record.

The councilwoman also said she had requested the information about the project in an email to the borough secretary but had not received a response.

“I’ll send my emails and replies when I know they’re not being put out to the public,” Secretary Erin Jenner said.

Council President Tom LaMont said some street projects would be done in the borough regardless of the cost.

Lamont said the decision to move ahead with the curbing project also had to do with timing. The property owner was putting in piping and council agreed curbing should be a concurrent project.

“I don’t think we should have held it up for 15 to 20 days for $5,500,” LaMont said. “I don’t think moving that fast is out of line.”

The borough police will act as an escort for a proposed pub crawl hayride, slated to take place in November, when the haywagon is traveling in the borough.

It was noted, the police escort will not cover any vehicles that may be traveling with the hayride.