July 17, 2013 John Pozza
BROOKVILLE- Brookville Council last night approved taking the first step
in a long-overdue process to repair the borough's downtown street
lighting. Initially, the borough will re-wire North Pickering, between Main and
Jefferson , so that the borough's annual festivals can proceed, including the
upcoming Community Days in August. Beyond that, the borough will have to deal
with the costly project of replacing the entire electrical system on Main
Street. Council recently discovered that much of the downtown electrical system
is now substandard. When the existing street lights were installed several
years ago they were wired with aluminum versus copper. This eventually led to
regular outages, often leaving sections of the downtown completely in the dark.
In other business, borough Manager Chuck
Gable said that until further notice, no swimming is permitted at the Dr.
Walter Dick Park this summer. The DEP's ongoing fecal testing near the
Northfork Dam continues to show high levels of Ecol i bacteria.
Council also approved a LERTA tax abatement
request for Penn Separator's $300,000 expansion project. The firm plans to add
a warehouse addition next to its existing plant on Pickering Street.
Council also is considering a proposal from
Kids 'N Us Childcare to relocate its daycare on Route 36 north to the borough
complex. Pending DPW certification requirements, the child care would like to
expand its facility by using approximately 3,000 square feet of available space
in the complex.