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SALTSBURG: Feed mill generates comment at meeting

by on October 08, 2013 10:45 AM

Comments by another community member regarding Altman Feed Mill, this time in opposition to previous comments, were heard at Monday’s Saltsburg Borough Council meeting.

At August’s meeting, Saltsburg resident Barbara Geisler said that she “would hate to see it (the mill) come down,” but that the building was turning into a liability. She suggested that the building’s lot be turned into parking spaces for the community.

On Monday, Kathy McCormick, also a resident of the town, defended the building and its owner, Eric Sutliff, stating that the building has “so much history for the town.” The mill, she said, brings both history and “well over 1,000 visitors” to the community through its business — which is a number she says other businesses in the area cannot equal.

In August, the mill was given an extension on a hearing, following another six-month extension, to either sell the building or make significant improvements to it.

“Saltsburg needs this building and the business to bring in revenue,” McCormick said. “Not a parking lot or welfare housing.”

Council Vice President Kathy Muir said that the council would love to see it redone, but in its current state, it is a safety hazard.

“I would agree with you (McCormick) that this council would like to see the mill in a much better state,” said P.J. Hruska, council president.

Trick or treating for the Saltsburg community will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30, with a Halloween parade beginning at 7 p.m., council reported. The council will donate $200 to the Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department for treats for the event.

Muir reported that the library is now open on Saturdays. Internet access will be available beginning Thursday at the building.

Council also approved a request on Monday by the Saltsburg Historical Society to conduct Tag Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19. Funds from Tag Day are used to support the Stone House Museum throughout the year.

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