Brookville, PA – Brookville Council debated again on how to deal with blighted properties in the borough.

The issue was addressed by former councilman Roy Darrin during public comments. A number of unsafe properties were addressed as well as a grant program through the USDA that could help low income families with home repairs.

Council also adopted a grass ordinance that requires property owners keep their grass cut at less than 10 inches in height.

Listen to the audio report from reporter John Pozza.

Council approved sending letters of recommendation for two veterans projects proposed by the Laurel Board, in cooperation with the VFW and American Legion. Laurel Board Secretary Luann Murray said the group is working with state and local legislators to name the Pickering Street Bridge after late Brookville WWII veteran James Slagle, and other local veterans that fought in the D-Day invasion.

The group is also working with veterans’ families to raise money for banners with photos of local veterans to be placed on local streetlights and displayed between Memorial Day and Veterans Day each year. Murray said the banners, with attachments, would cost about $125. The money would be raised from each family purchasing a banner.

Resident Molly McNutt requested council consider approving a designated area in the borough for a fenced in dog park. McNutt said the park would give dog owners a place to take their dogs for exercise and socialization, similar to the existing dog park in DuBois. Both McNutt and council will further research the idea and investigate properties that would work, including an area adjacent to the Memorial Park. McNutt said she and local dog owners would raise the money toward the cost of purchasing and installing fencing.

Council also approved two large expenditures for the police and street departments that were previously budgeted. The street department will be purchasing a new Case skid steer for $45,500 and the police department a new computer server for a little over $14,000.

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