Y’ville paves way to tear down old factory building

At its meeting Monday evening, Youngsville Borough Council was asked by Troy Clawson, a newly-appointed council member, to approve a repository sale on the Williams property on the south side of Route 6.

Clawson was appointed to complete the term of John Barhydt, who resigned recently.

Clawson had already bid on the property through the Warren County Treasurer’s office last month, before he was appointed to council, and on Oct. 28, Dennis Munksgard, county treasurer, sent letters notifying all concerned taxing districts about the bid. Munksgard explained the law requires the approval of, in this case, Youngsville Borough, the Warren County School District and the county commissioners.

He added that one concern is the property did not return to the blighted list, although by law, approval may be not be withheld unreasonably.

Youngsville Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg explained that the property had gone through a tax upset sale in 2012, a judicial sale earlier this year, and was placed on the repository list on Oct. 1. She added that borough council was anxious to see the old furniture factory torn down, so council approved Clawson’s request unanimously, with Clawson abstaining from the vote.

During Monday’s meeting, Hagberg reported that a final inspection for the Streetscape project would be held on Thursday, Nov. 14. The only item remaining was some electrical work for lighting, and the light poles are scheduled for a December delivery.

“We’re under budget and on schedule,” she said, to cheers from council members. She credited council members for their “good decisions.” Mayor Jim Farr added, “Lisa had a lot to do with it, too.”

Hagberg said $24,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds remained from the project, and she asked council if it would want to use those funds for more sidewalk work, noting that there are “certain income requirements.”

Council member Pam Olewine asked if the directional arrows in the Tops grocery store parking lot were going to be replaced. Hagberg answered that they will be now that Streetscape is complete.

In other business, council approved the re-hiring of Abbey Wolfe over the Christmas holidays to help with some borough ordinances. Wolfe is currently a law school student and has experience with various county law enforcement agencies.

Hagberg reported that youngsvilleboro.org is up and running as the new website for the borough, although some modifications will be made in the future.

The final issue of the evening was in reference to complaints about the timing of the traffic light at the intersection of W. Main Street, Old Pittsfield Road, and Route 6. She said that the light wasn’t staying green long enough to allow vehicles to exit a parking lot at a business on the corner. “We have a few options, but they are all expensive,” she said.

A recommended solution using cameras to sense traffic would cost $12,000 for just one approach, and although some grant money may be available, five cameras would total around $40,000.

Council member Steve Morris said, “This isn’t even a safety issue, it’s an inconvenience issue… I’m not willing to even entertain forty grand. If it was a safety issue, I would say let’s look into it.” Other council members agreed.