FACTORYVILLE — Borough manager Mary Ellen Buckbee announced during a regular monthly Factoryville Borough Council meeting March 8 that Jim Gesek has been hired as a maintenance worker, effective March 9, replacing Steve Swift, who passed away in January.
According to Buckbee, Gesek has more than 10 years experience with Dalton Borough in a similar role.
Members of the council also authorized Hester Wastewater Services LLC, of Brackney, Pa., to take over as the new sewer plant operator.
Council vice president Bill Edwards announced cleanup efforts are ongoing at the Factoryville Borough shed after an explosion Jan. 30.
Edwards removed loose metal from the cinder shed and cleaned up the controlled burn area. He believes the salt shed may be able to be repaired, but thinks the cinder shed is a total loss.
Buckbee reported the borough is still waiting on an estimate of the damages from the insurance company.
“We’ve done everything we can to try to clean up the space,” she said.
Members of the council discussed possible ideas for replacing Ray’s Market in the borough.
“We really need a grocery store in Factoryville,” Edwards said. “We have to try to get some new businesses in town and keep moving forward. There are a bunch of properties in town that have lots of potential.”
In other business:
• Gary Bitler thanked members of council for installing a streetlight on Maple Street.
• Members of council authorized Edwards to sign easements allowing the Countryside Conservancy to extend the Trolley Trail into the borough at Riverside Drive.
• Edwards believes routine maintenance should be performed on each manhole in the borough.
• Councilman Gregg Yunko was appointed to a four-year term on the Clinton Township and Factoryville Borough Joint Municipal Park Board, replacing Swift.
• Members of the council passed a resolution to adopt Wyoming County’s Emergency Operations Plan.
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