Edinboro council discusses public beautification and safety at new meeting

Category:  News
Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 5:33 PM

Issues that were in focus at the Sept. 10 Home Rule Borough of Edinboro council meeting included public beautification, the student rental ordinance, public safety, pension plans and a brief mentioning of officials who will be leaving their positions.

Public beautification was the initial concern, as the appearance of public benches and the water authority fence were addressed. A member of the public asked if benches could potentially be painted with images including scenes of Edinboro to “lighten things up a little bit — with all the renovations in town.” 

For the water authority fence, both members of the council and the public are looking to improve aesthetics so that it no longer looks “like a jail.” The town currently uses a facade grant that is worth $15,000, but is looking to apply for one that is worth $250,000 or $100,000 each year to help with both this concern and public safety.

Jason Spangenberg, who took the place of Borough Manager Kevin Opple in his absence, discussed water system improvements and a desired $250 local tax credit for firefighters on which they are waiting for a draft ordinance. 

The 2019 minimum municipal obligations (MMOs) for pension plans was one of the final points of discussion, next to the retirement of Edinboro Police Chief Jeff Craft and plans for Halloween. The MMOs “are very well funded, so we’re in good shape,” said Spangenberg.

Craft was replaced upon retirement by new Edinboro Police Chief Al Donahue, who has worked for the borough for 20 years.

Mary Ann Horne, a council member who is also chair of the finance committee, motioned for “Trick or Treat” to happen from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, and this was quickly agreed upon.

The council typically meets on the second Monday of each month for discussion at 6:30 p.m., and further information can be found at edinboro.net.

Pick up the next issue of The Spectator for updates on the student rental ordinance in Edinboro.

Amber Chisholm can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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