HOMER CITY: Council approves outdoor dining
HOMER CITY — Homer City Borough council on Tuesday approved a request from Chris Dongilla of Paisano’s for a permit to allow patrons to have alcohol with their meals while dining outdoors once the weather gets nice.
Council tabled a request from Dongilla to showcase a mobile eternal tap from Straub Brewery in St. Marys during the Hoodlebug Festival as a test run in Homer City that could garner national coverage. Dongilla said the tap would be set up for marketing purposes, and that he wanted to bring it to council’s attention, adding that he will be traveling to the brewery to look at the mobile tap to get more information on it as far as size and other details. He said he knows it comes in on a two-axel truck. Dongilla offered the opportunity for any interested council members to go with him to see it beforehand.
“It would be pretty cool for the town,” he said.
Morris said he would like to have the personnel, planning and development committee do some research, with Dongilla’s assistance, on the request and after the report “we’ll reach a better decision” at next month’s meeting.
In addition, council received a letter regarding a Livable Communities Project. The project, headed by Aging Services, would provide guidance to decision makers helping them build “senior-friendly” communities that would include transportation, walkability, safety and security, housing, shopping and banking, health services, recreation and cultural activities and community support programs. AARP defines a livable community as one that promotes independence.
Council also approved a resolution Tuesday for the Evergreen Conservancy to submit a grant application to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on behalf of the borough for a project to expand work at the site of the boat launch.
Last month, Borough Manager Rob Nymick announced that the borough and Evergreen Conservancy were pursuing upgrades to the boat launch along Twolick Creek to improve recreational access to local waterways. The site will include construction of a pavilion with picnic tables, a community garden and flower beds. Evergreen and the borough also hope to reroute the Hoodlebug Trail by taking it off Route 56 and connecting it to Cooper Avenue and possibly using Love Alley as another interconnect if they receive financial support from the DCNR.
Nymick also announced that spring cleanup days will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, May 17, at the fire hall. The cost is $10 per car or $25 per truck to dispose of their unwanted items. A list of items that will not be accepted will be available soon.
Council also was informed of the annual Fire Fest, which will be held May 21 through 25. The events for the fest are bingo on Tuesday, May 21; Wednesday, fire prevention night; Thursday, bucket brigade; Friday, parade at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, car cruise/bike night and battle of the barrels at Floodway Park at 1 p.m.
There will be a nightly carnival from 6 to 10 p.m. with the exception of May 24, which will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and May 25, from 4 to 11 p.m.
Council approved Penn-DOT road closures for Church Street and Filbert and Rose avenues for the festival. Council also approved the extension of workers’ compensation coverage for firemen providing services during the Fire Fest as well as a gun bash on May 18 in Aultman.
Police Chief Louis Sacco said the police department received an aggressive driving grant for the first wave that begins this week and ends April 18.
He also updated council on a citation that was issued to a residence for not complying with an ordinance regarding cleaning up items from his lawn. Sacco said the resident pleaded guilty and paid the required fine, though has only removed one or two items since, and will continue to be cited daily for each day it’s not cleaned.
Sacco also said an ordinance officer has been appointed to check for ordinance violations within the borough once a week.
A local business owner, Jason Leeper, has requested the purchase of a residential home, where he intends to move his engineering business. The building would also be used as a residence, and would not have customer traffic, conduct receiving or shipping of products or have a sign on the outside of the building designating it as a business. The council tabled the request, on the grounds that the zoning ordinance needs to be reviewed and will need to be approved by the zoning commission.
Council approved a motion to get bids out for a paving project this summer for Columbia Avenue.
Council also thanked the Homer City Women’s Club for its donation of $500 to help offset the cost of painting the community swimming pool.
The borough received more than $1,000 in donations for new holiday decorations for next season. They will be purchasing snowflakes with the donated money, and are still accepting applications for donations. More information is available on the website.
Nymick also asked the community for their patience while the borough removes debris from plowing snow in their yards.