Boro says ‘no’ to food truck plan

The owner of 2 Dogz and a Guy Brewing Co. – told Montrose Borough Council he hopes to open the doors at his Church Street location soon.
Owner Jim Shuster asked council Monday about the possibility of bringing a food truck to park outside the brewery on Friday and Saturday nights.
“They have a following,” Shuster said. “People come to them.”
He told council that it was his hope to “develop a nightlife back in this town.”
“It would mean a lot to me as a business owner,” Shuster said, “It would bring a lot to the town.”
He noted that in Tunkhannock once a month on a Friday evening, 20 to 30 food trucks hold a well-attended event in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
But borough council has consistently not allowed food trucks operate in the borough, said Councilman Randy Schuster.
Councilman Craig Reimel offered, “If we do that, there will be seven other restaurants in town on our butts.”
Shuster and council members discussed potential ways in which he could offer patrons food up until he receives his restaurant permit that would be allowable in the borough.
Streetlights in the borough will be converting to LED. A number of the streetlights are over 20 years old and will be changed this year; with 49 that will be converted next year.
Street lights will be removed from Public Avenue (where the decorative lamp posts are located) and on South Main Street in the business district, which is set to undergo a sidewalk project with the addition of the same antique-styled lights.
The switch is expected to bring a significant savings to the borough.
The borough will look into adding speed bumps on Lathrop Street after residents on the street approached a council member. Residents had complained of vehicles speeding on the roadway.
Before moving forward, the borough will contact the Montrose Area School District transportation office to see if they have any concerns.
Council also discussed a large hole on Lower South Main St. stemming from work done to fix a water main leak. Council was told that PennDOT did not want to go near the area because of its proximity to a gas main. The borough is going to offer to install a catch basin, if PennDOT agrees to pay for the basin, as part of the town’s agility program.

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