Factoryville borough gives Countryside Conservancy permission to move forward for grant for trail project

FACTORYVILLE — Countryside Conservancy Trolley Trail Manager Cheryl Ellsworth addressed council during a monthly meeting June 10 to give an update of Phase 2 of the Trolley Trail project.

The borough previously gave Ellsworth permission to apply for additional PennDOT funding through the Safe Routes to School program, on their behalf, to extend the trail from the Keystone College campus into Factoryville at Riverside Drive.

According to Ellsworth, after submitting a design and grant specifications, PennDOT asked if the crossing could be made handicap accessible into Factoryville’s sidewalk system.

Trail consultant Tim Wilson designed two options for a ramp system to get down into Riverside Drive.

Council approved a motion to authorize a retaining wall option for consideration for a PennDOT grant to extend Phase 2 of the Countryside Conservancy Trail into the borough at Riverside Drive.

“Factoryville stands a chance at getting $500,000 from PennDOT to make the crossing (into the borough),” Ellsworth said.

Ellsworth added the design and construction of the retaining wall, and surfacing of the piece of trail extending into Factoryville would cost approximately $565,000.

“We put in the grant that at most we would come up with a $20,000 match between the borough of Factoryville and the Countryside Conservancy,” Ellsworth said.

Borough residents Chuck and Mary Truitt approached council regarding a borough ordinance that prohibits roosters to clarify if the ordinance also prohibits the keeping of laying hens within the borough.

“If it does, we would like the council to consider an amendment or an additional ordinance that would permit a limited number of laying hens securely kept in clean conditions,” Chuck Truitt said. “We’re interested in keeping four to six laying hens for personal use.”

According to borough manager Mary Ellen Buckbee, Clarks Summit borough allows three hens per household in the residential district. Buckbee plans to reach out the the zoning officer to review their ordinance and regulations.

“Our intent would be to have a portable unit on wheels and maybe a folding pen that could be set up for a larger range area and could be moved,” Chuck Truitt said.

Borough Solicitor Paul Litwin suggested passing the request on to the planning commission for a recommendation.

Council approved a motion to spend up to $2,500 to allow Clinton Township to extend the paving of their section of Highland Avenue all the way up to Church Street in Factoryville.

Council approved a motion to amend the parking ordinance to prohibit parking on College Avenue in front of the post office for more than 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“We work on a lot of problems in Factoryville, and parking is one of the biggest problems,” Councilman Bill Edwards said. “We need to have some type of public parking down there.”

According to Buckbee, the Wyoming County Recycling Center asked council to encourage residents to hire H&D Waste Services of Tunkhannock for curbside pickup at a cost of $20 per month, starting July 1. instead of utilizing a trailer in the borough.

The borough received approximately $170,000 for construction on Church Street through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

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