Youngsville Council adjusts fine late-payment fee

If you get a ticket in Youngsville, you may want to pay it on time.

Following passage of an updated parking ordinance in February, many parking violations resulted in a $10 ticket. Meanwhile, the penalty assessed for not paying your ticket on time: $10.

At its regular meeting Monday, Youngsville Borough Council took steps to provide some motivation for paying on time. Council unanimously approved an amendment to the recently enacted ordinance imposing a $40 penalty for non-payment of traffic tickets.

Youngsville Borough Police Chief Todd Mineweaser noted the identical amounts were an oversight.

Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg announced 2012 property taxes have been returned to the courthouse. According to Hagberg, $9,462 was returned. Taxes will not be accepted at the borough building again until new bills are sent out in August.

Council, with the exception of Councilmember Robert Olson who was absent, unanimously passed an updated blight ordinance. The ordinance, which was last updated in 2008, is already in use throughout much of the county and is nearly identical to the ordinance all municipalities utilizing the county blighted property process have in place.

Bids were received for sale of the borough’s old dump truck. Of the seven bids received, Darrell Bloom entered the high bid for the truck of $3,000. The borough will use approximately $1,500 of the money secured through sale of the truck to purchase a trailer to provide transport for a recently purchased sewer camera.

Council approved a $150 donation to the Lioness Club to provide eyeglass checks for kindergarteners.

“I know it really helps us out,” Councilmember Eric Mineweaser said referring to his position as principal at Youngsville Elementary Middle School.

Councilmember Steve Morris agreed, “It helps a lot of kids.”

The Borough will be working to form a building permit appeals board. Council’s decision to contract building inspection and permitting through Construction Code Inspectors, Inc., of Franklin, has left the borough without appeals board services, something it is required to provide. The borough formerly contracted through the City of Warren, which provided an appeals board.

It was announced storm sewer work included as part of the borough’s streetscape project will begin next week. Work will proceed at night and, “should run two weeks,” Hagberg said.

Inspector on the streetscape project Michael Baker recently did a cost estimate to approximate what the borough’s position on funding for the project compared to work to be done was.

“(It was) to make sure we’re staying within our budget,” Hagberg reported. “So far, so good.”

Hagberg noted the train which was set to be erected as part of the new town entranceway has been removed from plans for the time being. She said the borough is looking into grant funding to reintegrate the train into the design later.

Work at the Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool is progressing. Material removing work through usage of a sandblaster and a flaky jake cutter is complete and volunteers are currently proceeding with patching work. Painting is expected to begin this week, weather permitting.

Interviews for lifeguards at the pool were completed last week and the 14 guards hired will begin training next week.

According to Hagberg, administrative requirements for street closings during the borough’s Memorial Day parade and Bicentennial celebration are completed.

Hagberg announced the borough zoning hearing board will meet May 15 to review requests by two properties owners to erect a privacy fence. She said the board has been active recently saying, “We’re seeing a lot of activity right now.”

The borough will not be taking any immediate action concerning a blighted property at 42 Highland Avenue. Hagberg reported the owner is making needed improvements and has already completed some work, including removal of a dilapidated garage.

“We’re giving him some time to finish the work that he said he’d do,” Hagberg said.

Councilmember Steve Morris gave an update on borough recreation committee activities.

Morris reported Neighbor Day at Island Park was a “smashing success”. He also announced “Young Lungs at Play” signs are set to be erected at borough parks and playgrounds following passage of a smoking ban in April.

Morris announced a boating and water safety course will be offered on June 10 and 11 at the borough building and a canoe and kayak poker run has been set for Aug. 24.

A recreation commission request for an additional $1,200 for a fence on Davis St. was dropped. The individual ordering the fencing agreed to pay for additional needed fencing if the commission agreed to pay him back out of future fundraising proceeds.

Mayor James Farr announced he attended a meeting and swore in some new fire police.

Phyllis Wolfe with the Youngsville Bicentennial Committee sought council’s blessing to hire Hagberg and her family to make T-shirts for the event. According to Wolfe, none of the vendors contacted to do the work responded to the committee. Wolfe noted she wanted to ensure council approved before Hagberg began as she is a borough employee.

Farr announced bicentennial planners will be dressing in period clothing for the event and encouraged others to dress up. He also noted the committee is looking for extras to participate in a play planned for the event and people to dress in Native American garb.

A letter soliciting volunteers to give directions and help with scoring cards during the upcoming archery shoot and rib festival in Pittsfield was received from the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry.

A letter was received from PA Route 6 Alliance urging the borough to adopt a billboard ordinance they have drafted. The ordinance has been sent to more than 100 municipalities along Rt. 6 but only seven have adopted the ordinance.

“What I’m not really seeing here is a clear definition of what a billboard is,” Councilmember John Barhydt said, expressing concerns the ordinance could prevent signs the community wants up from being erected in the future.

Total funds in borough accounts of just over $846,596 were reported. Additional funds of approximately $255,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development earmarked for Streetscape work were also reported.