FACTORYVILLE — Dalton police officer Scott Gaughan and members of Factoryville Borough Council discussed the proper procedures for residents to report noise complaints or suspicious activity during a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
According to Gaughan, residents should call the Wyoming County non-emergency number of 570-836-6161 or 9-1-1 immediately so police can respond and file a complaint.
“We get reports of problems after the fact,” Gaughan said. “We don’t have official reports. They should report everything they see or hear that is suspicious or out of the ordinary.”
Borough Manager Mary Ellen Buckbee added the borough has a nuisance ordinance that would penalize repeat offenders.
“If we can get people to call, there are pretty stiff fines if there are a frequent number of parties within a certain time frame,” she said.
Buckbee plans to send a magnet in the borough’s newsletter, alerting residents of the protocol to report problems.
In her grants update, Sadie Rozenburg announced the Countryside Conservancy was not able to acquire additional money from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) through the Safe Routes to School program to extend the Trolley Trail into the borough of Factoryville.
“There are not enough children being served by the project,” she said. “(Countryside Conservancy Trail Coordinator) Cheryl Ellsworth really wants to make it happen, so we’re trying to be creative in ways to get more funding.”
Buckbee also met with PennDOT regarding two catch basin issues on College Avenue.
“We would like to see if they would replace the pipes through the Agility Program if we bought them,” she said.
Buckbee reported the borough has $15,000 in impact fee money that can be used for improvements to parks or roads.
Revenue from the borough’s cable franchise fee has almost doubled since signing a new agreement from $1,700 per quarter to over $3,000 per quarter, according to Buckbee.
“That’s a perk, for sure,” she said.
The roof, sewer and electrical work on a new concession stand at the Clinton Township-Factoryville Joint Municipal Park is expected to be completed by November, according to Maintenance and Sewer Operator Steve Swift.
Members of Factoryville Borough Council will hold a budget meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 at the borough hall, 161 College Ave.
Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.