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Council OKs floodplain building buyout

SHICKSHINNY – Borough council voted Tuesday night to acquire and demolish a structure at 21 E. Union St. that is in the floodplain, although the action did meet with some debate.

Councilman Kevin Morris described the action as a “flood buyout,” and while he said he was voting for the motion, “I have to wonder about buying all these houses. Pretty soon there won’t be any houses left in Shickshinny.”

In addition, council discussed a property at Canal Street and Susquehanna Avenue, which, it was stated, the owner wants to transfer to the borough.

Borough Secretary Melissa Weber said she would find out what the owner is seeking.

Council also voted unanimously to request that PennDOT undertake a traffic study for the imposition of a brake retardant ordinance.

In other actions:

• Councilwoman Francene Tearpock-Martini inquired if Solicitor Jeff Malak had any communication from the county district attorney about a complaint that Tearpock-Martini had filed. Malak said he is not aware of any correspondence from the DA’s office. Councilman James Wido said that at issue is a sign at the Bible Baptist Church about which Tearpock-Martini has raised legal objection.

• Council discussed borough records being made available under the state Right To Know Law. Council President Rosalie Whitebread said she has been helping with records research on her own time and expense since the borough can’t pay for a person to assist. She said she didn’t wish to continue this practice. “Anyone seeking to review the records can do so on their own.”

The records are readily available at the borough building Whitebread added.

what’s next

The next regular council meeting is 6 p.m. June 7.

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