SLIGO – An agreement between the Sligo Borough Authority and Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Country Springs to connect its sewer line with the Sligo system is moving along, and the authority approved an amendment to the agreement at its May meeting.

The amendment, prepared by Knox Law, Sligo’s secondary solicitor, provides Clarview with a five-year right of first refusal for the reserve capacity of 25 units.

Clarview already paid $35,000 for 35 EDUs (equivalent dwelling units) and will also pay $2,556.24 to reimburse the authority for expenses incurred with the connection.

In other authority business, a case of missing water remains unsolved. Officials are describing it as a mystery about unexplained water usage of 27,500 gallons at the sewage treatment plant on March 5 through April 3. Pennsylvania American Water was contacted, and the meter was read again, but nothing was found.

Also with regard to water, the borough council heard that the Union COG pool should be ready for a June 8 opening. Volunteers are busy painting picnic tables. Chuck Marsh and Ed Myers are also reviewing electrical work planned for the pavilions.

The Veterans Memorial Committee is having dirt hauled to the lot at the corner of Colerain and Bald Eagle streets for Veterans Memorial Park. Veterans flags were hung up on electric poles on May 4. The veterans committee requested Sligo Borough investigate CDBG guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines for additional funding. In talking with Clarion County Planning, Sligo does not meet the 51 percent low to moderate income guidelines for CDBG funding. The last count of Sligo Borough’s population shows the ratio at 38.7 percent.

The council voted last month by resolution to resubmit for the third time a multi-modal transportation fund grant for the replacement of the Sligo footbridge to Sligo Elementary School and the Union Pool Park. The total cost was $143,000 and Sligo requested $100,100, with the local share at $42,900.

Sligo Borough Council also agreed at this month’s meeting to resubmit an application for the PennDOT Multi-Modal Transportation Fund Grant. Members adopted a resolution stating the amount requested and designating Sherry Laughlin, council president, and Janey Corle, secretary/treasurer, to execute all documents and agreements.

Sligo Borough is also considering applying to DCED for a multi-modal transportation fund grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).

Other Business

• The council is expected to take action at the July meeting regarding execution of a cable franchise agreement with Comcast/Xfinity. New regulations do not provide free Internet access for Sligo Recreation Center.

• The Clarion County Election Bureau received approval from the Sligo Presbyterian Church to hold elections in the Adult Sunday School Room for the primary elections on May 21.

• Corle emailed more than 25 ordinances to Tim Watcher of Knox Law for review. Watcher will prepare a draft ordinance for Sligo to authorize the code enforcement officer to enforce ordinances. The code enforcement officer needs no special qualifications, according to Watcher, and council has the discretion to hire whomever it chooses. Sligo Borough Mayor Jeremy Shumaker indicated at an earlier meeting he would be willing to act as code enforcement officer until the end of the year.

• Jim Schepis of PennDOT Municipal Services met with the Borough Road Committee to examine streets for this year’s roadwork. The committee suggests milling a portion of Morris Street, paving a portion of Front Street Extension and Morris Street, and seal coating a portion of Lyon Street. Permission was granted to advertise for bids.

Schepis also suggested that Sligo Borough contact the Clarion Conservation District to schedule a meeting to examine possible dirt and gravel road projects such as Front Street Extension, Miller Street and Limestone Flat Road. Sligo may have to do some in-kind work as part of the program requirements and grant applications are accepted and considered throughout the year.

• Community yard sales will be held June 6-8.

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