Reynoldsville Council tackles a busy agenda, names Dave Wruble Citizen of the Month for July

The Reynoldsville Borough Council met in regular session on July 18 and discussed items ranging from bunnies to road repair and taxes.

The first order of business was to declare Dave Wruble of The Sub Hub on Main Street as the Reynoldsville Citizen of the Month for July. Wruble is a 1999 graduate of the DuBois Area High School and veteran of the United States Coast Guard.

In making the presentation, Council President William Cebulskie said,“[Dave] contributes a lot to Reynoldsville and doesn’t want any recognition.” Wruble was working and unable to attend the meeting.

RCA projects

Sam Bundy of the Reynoldsville Community Association (RCA) member Sam Bundy (and this reporter) thanked the council for its help with the very successful Red, White, and Blueberry Festival July 15-17. He also outlined three projects the RCA is working on, a new sign on Main Street, a canoe launch, and a blighted properties initiative. The RCA received an innovation grant from the state to help with the projects,

Bundy said he didn’t need any action from the council at this time and that the RCA would keep the council informed as the projects move forward.

Rabbit complaint

Resident Stacy Snedden approached council about a problem with a neighbor’s rabbit processing business on Brown Street. Snedden said the compost area has attracted moles, flies, and other pests causing problems for the neighbors.

Code Enforcement Officer Nichole Walk said that she and Borough Police Officer Tammy Murray have been investigating. The Food Safety Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has also been involved.

Walk said Snedden has not been the only one in the area who has complained about the problem.

One problem Walk has faced is the borough ordinance covering such things does not include rabbits by name. The Quality of Life Ordinance does allow for tickets to be issued, but it takes four before it reaches the magistrate level.

The council debated what actions could be taken to prevent other problems like this in the future.

Council Solicitor Joe Ryan will work with Walk on what needs to be done by the council concerning ordinances and how to handle this situation now and in the future.

Tax collector resolutions

Following up on a discussion that took place at the June regular meeting, council approved two resolutions requested by Borough Tax Collector Sue Burkett that will allow her to be compensated for the extra work she does “above and beyond” collecting taxes.

The first resolution gives permission to Burkett to charge a duplicate bill fee of $10.00. The second gives Burkett the permission to charge a $20.00 fee for each year of a tax certification request.

Park Transfer

Also at the June meeting, the council discussed transferring the operation of the borough park to the fire department. At this meeting, Solicitor Joe Ryan said he has been in touch with Borough Fire Chief Darren Scolese about the transfer.

Ryan said that under state law it was possible top turn the park over, but if for any reason the fire department decides not to run the park, it will revert back to the borough and cannot be sold. He said he hoped to have something for the council’s review by the August meeting.

Mayor Mark August said he spoke with several people who were concerned about the transfer, but he assured them that the park will continue as is including pavilion rental.

Reports and comments

In his report, Street department Chair Ralph August said that the borough crew will not be able to tar and chip this year due to the increased price of oil. He said that other maintenance will be done, but the borough will have to wait until next year for that kind of work in the hope the prices come down.

August also commented on the repair work need for the borough building façade. To read that story, click here.

In his comments, Mayor August commended Borough Police Officer Tammy Murray for an incident that occurred on July 14. He said it was a job well done. (For information on this incident, click here.)

He also expressed his gratitude for a very successful Red, White, and Blueberry Festival, including the car show sponsored by the Homecoming Committee. He said work is underway to bring the homecoming back in 2023.

Council member Ralph August commended LB Sheet Metal for the construction and installation of the new archway at the Veterans Memorial park.

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