Heating company requests permit for door hangers

BY STACI WILSON

With Leatherstocking’s natural gas service expected to head to the borough of Montrose soon, one heating and air conditioning company is looking to do business in the area.

Fred Dowling Sr. and his son, Fred Dowling Jr., approached borough council at the Monday night meeting. The father-son team owns and operates Southern Tier Heating & Air Conditioning – a Lennox product dealer.

The company was requesting a peddler’s permit to leave doorknob hangers at residences in the borough. Dowling said the door hanger describes the company and the services offered.

Dowling Sr. said they would not be knocking on any doors to make sales unless invited by the homeowner.

But, the fact that there won’t be direct door-to-door sales, may be an issue with getting a peddlers’ permit.

The peddlers’ permit allows for sales, but the borough has an ordinance that prohibits the dissemination of handbills.

Council President Tom LaMont asked the Dowling’s to give council more time to consider the request but noted that he was “in favor of natural gas and all that goes with it.”

He also said he believed other companies would be looking to do business with residents in the Montrose area.

Councilwoman Julanne Skinner said she thought the doorknob hangers could facilitate conversation among neighbors that may get that phase of the proposed build-out moving. “It may benefit citizens to get the neighborhoods on-line,” she said.

Skinner also thought the door hangers would get the word out to borough residents and help in consensus building.

The street department is beginning its annual leaf collection in the borough. The Monday storm brought down numerous leaves and Street Foreman Ken DiPhillips said the crew would “hit spot piles” collecting the piles now until a more definite schedule is determined.

The leaf collection will be advertised.

With leaves falling, the borough is also readying for winter – ordering up rock salt for the roads.

Council also approved the sale of rock salt to New Milford Borough at cost.
Skinner received a PA One Call: 811 sign. A larger sign is available, at no charge, as long as the sign is displayed and a photograph of it hanging is submitted.

Skinner said with the coming pipeline, she thought it would be advantageous to make sure the public was aware of the PA One Call: 811 requirement before anyone digs into the ground.

Councilman Randy Schuster questioned the wand scanners ordered by the borough to use for security purposes at council meetings.

“If we’re not going to use them to scan people who come in, can we return them,” Schuster asked.

At a previous meeting, there was discussion over whether or not the scanners would be legal.

Police Chief Dale Smith said the department was waiting on council to establish a policy and procedures for the use of the scanners.

Trick or Treat hours for Halloween were set for Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30-8 p.m.; and a 9 p.m. curfew.

Council approved budgeted annual contributions with $1,000 going to the Susquehanna County Library, and $35,000 to United Fire Company.

The borough is beginning to work on the 2014 budget. An Oct. 17 budget meeting was scheduled.

Following a brief executive session, Borough Secretary Erin Jenner’s letter of resignation was accepted “with extreme regret” by council.

Jenner said she would assist with the transition in any way possible.

Council motioned to advertise the secretary position for two weeks.