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CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS – A potential tax hike, American Rescue Plan funds and a public seating / art space were some of the topics discussed during the Cambridge Springs Borough Council meeting on Monday.
On committee reports, Councilor Randy Gorske reported that the administrative and finance committee had met. Members discussed the overall fund budget for 2022, including a possible 0.5 million tax hike to keep up with inflation. District chief Sandy Pude said the city council hadn’t approved a tax hike since 2005.
Gorske said the committee also discussed a possible $ 1 increase in the groundwater rate. That should not come into force until July 2022.
During her operations report, Pude said the district received its first payment of $ 139,576.39 from funds under the American Rescue Plan Act.
“We will have to discuss in an open session what our plans are for projects that we want to use this money for,” she said.
The public is invited to contribute during the Council meeting on August 16. The council has a list of ideas that members will share with the public. The district will receive the second payment of $ 139,576.39 next year.
The law went into effect on March 11th to aid recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing recession. There are five categories the money can be spent on.
In other news, the council approved an ordinance to make the intersection of Snow Alley and Hicks Alley a four-way stop. As soon as the Main Street Bridge is open, there are again two routes to Snow Alley.
The council and the citizens present discussed a future open space for art, seating and flowers possible on Wall Street.
“We had a meeting about the possibility of turning part of Wall Street into a public space with tables, plants and flowers, and just making it a really nice place for people to get in the middle of the city meet, ”said Alderman Brian Harmon.
Harmon met with Pude, landowners Rod and Debbie Miller, business owners Tina Bowersox and James Byers, and resident Marci Dickson on July 11.
Pude provided the council with ideas that were discussed at the meeting, such as a mural, metal art, benches, tables and chairs, and flowers and hanging fairy lights from building to building.
Councilor Delores Hale said she was in favor of the idea of a public space but wasn’t sure the space should be on Wall Street as the city garage is located there.
Hale would like the Steering Committee and Mediation Committee to meet and develop a five-year plan that prioritizes three projects to be developed within three years.
Pude also advised the council that due to the amendment to Law 65 of 2021 to the Sunshine Act, effective August 29, an agenda must be posted on the community website and on the door of the community building prior to a council meeting.
Pude also reported:
• The Glen Avenue rainwater project has been put out to tender. Tenders will open on July 29th and engineers are expected to recommend a contractor to be voted on at the August 2nd council meeting.
• A driver ran over a fire hydrant in front of the former hardware store building on Railroad Street. The Streets Department crews are unable to make repairs as the waterline is 6 feet deep and the district does not have a trench box to shore up the area during the dig. The municipality has asked a construction company for a cost estimate for the repair. The cost will be billed to the person who damaged the hydrant.
• McLallan Construction will be working near the water treatment plant this week to install piping for temporary water storage tanks that will be used during the Clearwell tank renovation in August.
• A motorist drove to the north side of the Main Street Bridge construction area, jammed and damaged a shaft. The Streets Department crews were able to fix it before the paving work was done on the site. Also, someone was driving around Lydic’s garage and over the bridge and the police were expected to contact that driver.
• The district has received $ 2,837.91 in grants for fluoride equipment and has purchased supplies.
• The roof of the town hall building was leaking and the road authorities applied a seal on Sunday when it was not raining.
• High Street and Pleasant Street were milled and paved, but the rain prevented workers from sealing the seams and edges.
• No date has been set for tar and grit or the Church Street culvert project. The contractor is waiting for the culvert to be delivered to submit the diversion papers to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The district wants to wait for the Main Street Bridge to open for the tar-and-chip project because Snow Alley and Railroad Streets are on the list.