The Montrose Borough Police Department will be getting a new vehicle to replace its 2010 Charger.
Chief Dale Smith told council at the Monday, Oct. 3 meeting, that the Charger has been in the garage “quite a lot” and with about 84,000 miles on it, is completely out of warranty.
Smith proposed replacing the cruiser with an all-wheel drive Ford that can be serviced in town.
The price for the new vehicle is about $34,300 miles and is “turn-key ready,” Smith said, including paint, decals, etc.
The radio, camera and Vascar unit would be taken from the Charger and installed in the new vehicle.
The borough budgeted $20,000 in 2015 and an additional $20,000 this year in anticipation of purchasing a new police vehicle.
Council members reported receiving several questions regarding the borough’s permit requirements and associated fees.
The borough plans to send out a mailing to residents that outlines the information.
The owner of an antique business, located on the corner of Turrell Street and Grow Ave., received council’s approval to have a home-based business at the location. The business would be open on occasional weekends and by chance or appointment.
Council approved $2,800 for the County Historical Society to place “Historical District” signage in the borough. The borough will also waive the sign permit fee.
Two companies were given the nod by council to perform tree removal work in the borough.
With the help of retired forester Jim Kessler, 39 trees had been identified in the borough that either are dead, or would be dead in a few years.
Property owners with identified trees were contacted by the borough, asking if they wanted to be included in the project.
The property owners that have shown interest will be sent the information and pricing from both companies.
For more information, visit the website montroseborough.com; or call the office at
(570)278-2442 Ext. 3.
Council approved its budgeted annual contribution to United Fire Company of $37,000; and $1,000 to the county library.
Borough council tabled discussion regarding a proposed air ordinance.
Council president Sean Granahan said New Milford Twp. was considering one and thought it would be best if Montrose waited to see what they did. “We can support them,” he said.
Some additional electric power will be run in Memorial Park, and on the new borough lot, located at the junction of South Main and Cherry streets.