'Boro Council meets Sept. 9

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Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 11:01 AM
'Boro Council meets Sept. 9 by Amber Chisholm & Shayma Musa
'Boro council meetings occurs at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month in the Borough of Edinboro building

$250K grant awarded, trick or treat set for Oct. 31

Topics ranging from rental applications, the university’s Art 100 celebration and community reports were discussed as part of a recent council meeting for the Home Rule Borough of Edinboro. The meeting took place on Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Town solicitor Tim Wachter began the meeting by discussing with the council whether or not they were happy with the services that Building Inspection Underwriters of PA has been providing the borough. Building Inspection Underwriters are a branch company of Middle Atlantic Inspections, which the borough contracts as their building code official. According to Finance Director Jason Spangenberg, the council voted that they were happy with the service that Building Inspection Underwriters has been providing.

Another topic of discussion was construction on Darrow Road, which occurred from Sept. 4-7. The council confirmed that construction has been completed.

Conversation eventually shifted to the application for a student rental license. Applications will be mailed out for the upcoming calendar year, and the council voted on an increase of the fee from $40 to $45.

Discussion and approval took place regarding other matters, such as trick or treat, which is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The manager’s report highlighted a press conference that was hosted on Sept. 11, focusing on projects concerning the town and grant funding. These grants are expected to be $250,000 over the next three years and will be distributed by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA). The $250,000 grant is called the Mission Main Street grant by ECGRA, and according to a press release, the grant will go toward “reinvigorating (the Edinboro) downtown corridor.”

It “will provide direct assistance to the business community through facade improvements, transformation of lighting and sidewalks, new banners for Erie and Meadville Streets, [and will] train and reinforce partners to leverage social media platforms to advance business and community goals,” stated the release.

The press conference and awarding of grants was hosted at Goodell Gardens & Homestead. Other organizations that have received ECGRA grants include the Edinboro hub of the Northwest Pennsylvania Innovation Beehive Network. New Edinboro University President Guiyou Huang was in attendance.

The final topic discussed was Art 100, a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Edinboro University Art Department. Programming is in full swing, with a reception showcasing local artwork being arranged for Thursday, Oct. 10. The reception is scheduled to be hosted at the borough council building.

The next ‘Boro council meeting will take place on Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

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