Y’ville Council discusses Main St. property

The Youngsville Borough Council heard further plans for the demolition and eventual transfer of the property at 101 East Main Street to the borough.

Nancy Holmberg and Joanne Oviatt of the Revitalization of Youngsville (ROY) committee provided the borough council with further information Monday evening.

The two have been researching the possibilities of the property on the east side of the bridge on East Main, bordered by IOOF Street.

Holmberg told council that ROY would purchase the property and give it to the borough to be used as a public space.

“What if we don’t remove 101 E. Main St?…Ten years from now what do you see? That building is going to only get worse, it’s below code now,” Holmberg told council. “What were asking is for you to let us buy 101 East Main Street and then let our town use it as a public space.”

Holmberg also addressed a number of concerns expressed by council during it’s previous meeting. The property would be a gift to the borough from ROY; the borough insurance would not include an additional fee; the removal of asbestos is not regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection because the unit has less than five separate residences; the flood zone requirements are not an issue “as long as nothing goes into the creek”; and the total cost is estimated at $15,000 for the demolition, removal and filling the area with clean fill.

“At that point it will be ready to sit there and be safe until we go further with it,” she said.

Council member Pam Olewine asked “If you tear it down and it sits there, there is still going to have to be some kind of a wall or something there so nobody goes into the creek?”

Holmberg said it would be similar to Island Park were there no wall.

“It looks like it would be at Island Park…It’s not a drop off,” she said.

Oviatt said ROY is working to determine if Community Development Block Grant funds could be used to demolish the building.

“ROY will work with the necessary entities to get the funding if the borough will agree to accept the park property as a town park,” said Holmberg.

Councilman Steve Morris said “If it doesn’t cost us any money I’d love to have it.”

“It’s kind of scary sometimes,” said Junior council member Branden Lake about passing the property on the way to school. “It would be a very good improvement.”

Also during Monday’s meeting, Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg said the Streetscape project on Railroad Street is “progressing nicely” and the construction crews are going to hit their benchmarks.

Hagberg also asked residents to try and avoid the intersection of Railroad Street and Route 6 for the remainder of the week and the following week to allow construction crews to work at the intersection.

“If people can take an alternative route, please do so,” she said.

A community budget meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the borough building. Hagberg said she is hopeful a budget will be passed during the first week of December.

Four residents did submit applications to fill the empty council seat of John Barhydt. Hagberg said the home rule charter stipulates that once the seat is vacated council has 45 days to make a decision. A decision is expected during the next council meeting or the decision will go to the court of common please, said Hagberg.

Council also approved a request for a right of way on Davis Street from National Fuel. Hagberg said National Fuel is to replace a new main line and work won’t start until the spring.