First step in ‘Tannery Place’ projects approved

BY STACI WILSON

With only four members of council in attendance, Montrose Borough managed to hold its quorum Monday night and was able to take care of agenda items they weren’t able to vote on at the July 7 meeting.

Only four members of council were present at the first July meeting, and with the early exit of one member, the remaining council members could not take any official action.

Joe Hunt, of ESE Equity Inc., returned to council to seek its approval of a conditional use permit for his proposed Tannery Place project. Hunt noted that the proposed “multiple occupancy” use was what was triggering the requirement for a conditional use zoning permit. In previous meetings, Hunt said that all of the proposed uses for the South Main St. building – the former Montrose Publishing site – were allowable uses in the borough’s commercial zone.

He verbally amended his permit request at the meeting, asking for council’s permission for a zoning permit for business offices – a continuation of the building’s previous use.

With the permit signed by council, Hunt will be able to file necessary paperwork to begin working on the project.

A hearing for the multiple occupancy zoning permit will be held during the August 18 council meeting.

Hunt also asked council to recognize and register the building’s existing non-conformities – such as parking.

Council approved the purchase of curb forms at a cost of $5,000.

Installing curbs on the south side of Locust Street – from Lake Ave to the Community Foundation building driveway will be among the first curbing projects in an effort to keep vehicles from parking on and destroying the sidewalk.

Property owner Earle Wootton said he intends to make the lot behind the Foundation building available for overflow parking during occasional events hosted at the Montrose Bible Conference.

Other business held over from this first meeting included accepting and awarding the bids submitted for the Memorial Park restroom project and the streets surface treatment program.

Fire police were requested to be on hand for the EMHS 5K on August 2.

No parking signs will be posted on Drinker St. during the Harvest Moon Festival in September.

Council approved using DB Tree to take down trees on the south and north side of Church Street in the business district at a cost of $500. The trees need to be removed for the SR 706 construction project. Project plans call for the replacement of trees on the north side of the street.

Council also voted to send a letter to State Senators Gene Yaw and Lisa Baker, as well as Rep. Sandra Major in opposition to SB1023. The bill would require that all municipalities make more than one codes officer available for members of the public to utilize.

Leatherstocking Gas Company will be providing the borough with a monthly update on where they will be working in the borough as the installation of the natural gas distribution system progresses.

Council President Tom LaMont said the current focus is to bring the gas from the golf course area, down Lake Avenue and to the courthouse. Gas lines won’t be brought down Grow Avenue and Church Street until construction in the area wraps up, LaMont said.

Council also expressed their thanks to Police Cpl. Andrew Genneken for coming up with the idea and putting in the leg work to launch the safety program to reward young bicyclists, skateboarders, etc. that are wearing helmets and other protective gear.

Children local police see wearing helmets while riding a bike will be given a coupon for a free ice cream cone.