BLAIRSVILLE: Borough council seeks loan for community center
June 19, 2013 10:50 AM

BLAIRSVILLE — Blairsville Borough council passed a motion to advertise a bid on a $35,000, five-year bank loan during the borough’s monthly meeting Tuesday in the Blairsville Borough office.

The Parks and Recreation Board is only three payments away from paying off a $60,000 loan from 2005 that was used to remodel the Blairsville Community Center, according to business manager Timothy Evans.

The new loan would be used for finishing sections of the community center as well as purchasing new equipment.

“We have a couple thousand we need to finish off the tennis court,” Evans said. “We have about $22,000 worth of equipment we’d like to buy, including some playground equipment outside for the kids.”

Additional new equipment the board would like to purchase includes two elliptical machines, a treadmill, plate holders, a leg curling machine and new weights.

The board will be looking at different interest rates before committing to any particular bank.

Red and yellow LED lights were installed in the traffic light along Stewart Street in an attempt to make the light more visible to drivers. Because of the success with the LEDs, additional lights will be installed in the traffic lights along Morrow Street and Spring Street.

“I think (the light on Spring Street) is a lot brighter now,” Evans said. “I can see it well up the street now.”

The board passed on adopting a draft of Ordinance 682 until more discussion has been made on potential traffic changes. The ordinance was proposed during the council meeting in May and is an amendment to traffic and parking within the borough.

Discussion was held on a proposed change that would allow drivers to make only right turns onto South Walnut Street from Iron Alley. Drivers would be forbidden from making left turns.

The discussion centered on whether or not drivers should be allowed to go straight across Walnut Street as well as be able to make right turns, especially in the case of delivery trucks. The council was unable to come to a decision, so the motion was tabled.

A price for permit spaces within the municipal lot has also been set at $25 a month. The lot will be broken into four metered handicapped spaces, 15 regular metered spaces and 15 permit spaces.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the purchase of a new mower. After extensive comparisons, Evans recommended the board purchase a SCAG Turf Tiger 72-inch riding mower for $10,908. The purchase includes a two-year warranty on parts and labor.

• Heard from Polly Ringler of the Shade Tree Commission, who reported the commission has planted its first memorial tree after spending two years getting the program off the ground.

“It was planted for Arbor Day,” Ringler said, “and we had a dedication ceremony for it last Tuesday.”

The tree is near the Bairdstown Bridge before the stand of pine trees, according to Ringler.

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