Lack of survey response jeopardizes Chenango St., Montrose sidewalk project

A lack of survey responses from Chenango Street property owners in Montrose may force the borough council to abandon plans to replace those sidewalks.

Montrose Borough Council is working with the Susquehanna County Housing and Redevelopment Authority to pursue a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Pennsylvania Dept. of Economic Development for the sidewalk replacement.

The proposed project would begin north of Spruce Street and run to the intersection with Prospect Street. If approved for funding, the existing walks would be replaced with concrete, ADA compliant sidewalks. Two rounds of surveys were sent to effected property owners, and of those, only one has been returned, according to borough council members at the Monday, Aug. 3 meeting.

Council urged Chenango Street residents who received the questionnaire to return it no later than Friday, Aug. 7.

If the information from residents is not provided, the borough will be forced to abandon the project said Council President Sean Granahan. “There is only so much we can do.”

For more information about the proposed Chenango Street sidewalk project, call the borough office at 570-278-2442, ext. 3.

Borough council also reported the receipt of its first natural gas royalty payment. With about 22 acres leased to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., the borough received about $18,600 in a payment that covered the months of May and June.

Montrose residents who also signed on with Cabot under the borough’s lease terms have also started to receive royalty payments.

Council approved paying $1,300 to resurface the pickleball court at Memorial Park. Pickleball has become a popular attraction at the park.

The borough was approached by the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce who they said have asked to town to take over placing the flags throughout the downtown area on holidays.

The majority of borough employees – excluding police officers – do not work on those holidays. After some discussion, council members said they would recommend the Chamber approach the Montrose CommUnity group.

The purchase of a new sign for the borough building was approved by council.

Councilman Randy Schuster said he had been asked by several borough residents about mail-in voting.

Schuster said he contacted Susquehanna County Voter Registration for information. Absentee and mail-in ballot information is available on the county website,, on the voter registration page, or call 570-278-6697; or visit the state website: to apply online to receive a mail-in or absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 General Election.


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