Brookville, PA – Brookville Council wants to hear any ideas you might have on how to revive the Laurel Festival.

Audio highlights from the meeting by John Pozza:

The festival’s pageant and parade are not taking place this year due to an unexpected illness involving the festival’s organizer.  However, at last night’s council meeting, councilwoman Karen Allgeier said that several volunteers stepped up to lend last minute support in order for most of the other activities to still be part of this year’s festival, including the food court, used book sale, Friday sidewalk sale and chicken barbecue. A new event was also added for this year. A special outdoor showing of the Beauty and the Beast movie will take place Friday night in the parking lot behind Galbraith’s Furniture and the D’Argy Funeral Home.

In other business, Police Chief Jason Brown reported that Brookville is one of several surrounding borough police departments forming an alliance with to assist each other when they need backup police support. The other police departments include those in Brockway, Punxsutawney, Falls Creek, Reynoldsville, Clarion and New Bethlehem. With the help of the PA Police Chiefs Association, Brown asked council to consider an agreement that would provide insurance to protect officers in the event of an injury when responding to incidents outside their own jurisdiction.

Following an executive session, council approved hiring a part-time code enforcement officer at a rate of $15 an hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week. The new officer will be named, pending their acceptance of the position.

Council is also considering approving a new tax incentive for the borough’s volunteer firefighters. The state recently approved legislation that offers volunteer firefighters across the commonwealth a tax credit on their local real estate and income tax.