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Plans Begin to Connect Red Bank Rails to Trails to Brookville
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BROOKVILLE - The long awaited spur connecting the Red Bank Valley Rails to Trails to Brookville may become a reality. At Tuesday night’s Brookville borough council meeting, vice president Phil Hynes, also a member of the Redbank Valley Rails to Trails, said solicitor Jim Dennison has completed his investigation into the legal status of the rights-of-way along Depot Street, which is on the western side of Red Bank Creek near Brookville Lumber. Dennison has researched meeting minutes from the borough back as far as the 1860’s. The council voted for the borough to proceed with towards developing a spur to the Red Bank Valley Trail along Depot Street. Affected property owners will be notified and there will be a meeting with the property owners, the council, and the Red Bank Valley Rails to Trails Association to discuss the situation.

Borough resident Tim Hulse came before the council to ask for some leniency in keeping his pet alligators. A few weeks ago, Hulse was warned by the police department to remove the American alligators from his residence. Hulse said he was not contesting the borough ordinance already in place, he was just asking to keep the alligators a few more months until he moves out of the borough. Solicitor Jim Dennison said it is not just the borough of Brookville that does not allow alligators; there is a general prohibition against certain animals. Councilman Steve Hoak, also a member of the Brookville Volunteer Fire Department, put the matter into perspective questioning what would happen if there was a fire at Hulse’s home and firemen had to enter the residence with the alligators inside.

Solicitor Jim Dennison has sent a letter to Central Tax Bureau notifying the company that as of December 31, 2012 the Borough of Brookville will not be renewing the contract for collection of certain taxes in the borough. Dennison’s letter also asked for Centax’s cooperation with the new tax collector in the transfer of records.

Mayor David “Chip” Wonderling announced that trick or treat hours have been set for Wednesday, October 31. The annual Halloween parade will begin in front of the YMCA at 5:30 PM and proceed west on Main Street to Barnett Street, then ending at the Brookville fire hall. Trick or treat will begin immediately following the parade and last until 8:00 PM.

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