SHAMOKIN — Mayor John Brown at Monday’s council meeting presented a certificate of appreciation to 15-year-old Rosaland Kane for her volunteerism.
Kane, of Coal Township, has organized cleanups in the city and Coal Township on past Earth Days. Earlier this year she led a group of 75 people who collected approximately 175 bags of litter.
Brown announced at the meeting that Earth Day 2019 will be officially proclaimed “Rosalind Kane Day” in the city. Also participating in the presentation were councilmen Scott Roughton, Dan McGaw and Charlie Verano, councilwoman Barbara Moyer and administrator Robert Slaby.
In the public comment section of the meeting, former Mayor William Milbrand asked council for the status of the $72,000 grant from the PPL Foundation to repair the roof of the American Legion building. The foundation announced in December the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities was among 16 organizations to receive nearly $600,000 in grant funding.
Slaby replied that he had spoken with people involved with the city’s grant to possibly seek more funding to install an elevator, adding that the deadline is July 30, but can be extended.
Milbrand recommended the grant be used as a match for another grant to increase the amount of work that can be done.
He told council, “The big selling point of Act 47 is that we were going to be at the front of the line — the front of the line — for any grants that are available. I haven’t seen us be at the front of the line for too much, as far as grants.”
In related business, McGaw, who is the director of Parks and Public Buildings, informed council that within the past week a suspected broken rain gutter within the walls of the building caused minor damage to a landing on the second floor. On a brighter note, he said BBT has “adopted” the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library, located on the first floor, and will do some painting there next week.
The councilman said several swings at playgrounds were recently broken by people intentionally twisting the chains. He asked the public to be vigilant and report any crimes immediately, noting that between $1,500 and $2,000 in damage occurred this year at Claude Kehler Community Park.
Verano added, “Every time there’s vandalism, it’s affecting the people of Shamokin. It’s very costly. Be the eyes and ears of the police department.”
Tim Vincent, a coordinator of the Community Service Program, announced that the group will begin work Saturday in Coal Township. He said the group will work Mondays and Wednesdays in the city and that he would like the first project to be the repainting of the tank off Market Street.
With council’s blessing, the newly painted tank will include the unit number of Spc. 4 Daniel James Barber, a native of Shamokin, who died on April 25, 1975, the day after he was electrocuted when the tank he was on came into contact with a high-tension line in Nuremberg, Germany.
Council accepted an American flag from Sharon and Robert Tloczynski, who recently moved to Florida. The flag will be flown during the Summer Concert Series at Claude Kehler park, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
A moment of silence was held at the beginning of the meeting for K-9 Choper, a 5-year-old German shepherd police dog that died June 6 after falling from the roof of a three-story building in Warren during a training exercise.
In other business, council approved:
• The first reading of Ordinance 18-04, which would tack on a $25 charge on code ticket violations that would be used for work performed on privately owned dilapidated properties. Brown added that the additional charge would fund the purchase of materials, such as plywood to board-up windows, and that the money to buy those materials currently comes out of the general fund.
• A request from Citizens for a Better Community to hold curbside donations to defray the cost of the annual fireworks display, which is set for 9:40 p.m. July 7.
• A request from Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities to hold a Fall Food Truck Frenzy slated for Oct. 27 on Independence Street.
• A request from businesses to hold a Downtown Doo Wop and Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 on Independence Street, between Ninth and Shamokin streets.
• A request from Little Eddie Griffith Scholarship Committee to place a 3D lighted Christmas tree, at 14-foot high, on Market Street in memory of Jeff Thew, past chairman who recently passed away.