Brookville, PA – Brookville Council wants some residents to clean up their act. Council members are trying to address some of the blighted properties within Brookville Borough.

Code enforcement officer Don Jonischek said several properties throughout the borough are being inspected for safety violations and high grass.

Council has formed a new ad hoc residential maintenance committee to address the issue throughout the borough and recommend further action. The area of East Main Street will be one of the first sections targeted.

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The borough announced its receipt of a state grant of nearly $15,000 for improvements to the Walter Dick Park. The grant will fund a serenity area, a handicap access ramp to the park’s swinging bridge over North Fork Creek and establishment of a buffer zone to lessen traffic noise off I-80.

Donna Cooper, who coordinates the Jefferson County Recycling Program, addressed council on the success of the program. Last year the drop off site just outside the borough on Maplevale Rd. in Rose Township was the busiest in the county collecting 113 tons of material. With numerous borough residents using the site, Cooper asked council to reconsider making a donation to the program in its next budget. Brookville was one of the few municipalities in the county that opted not to make a donation to the program this year.

New student council members senior Brynn Afton and junior Donovan Hoffman were welcomed to their first meeting. Afton will be the primary representative this year. As in past years, Hoffman will serve as the alternate and take over as the primary rep. next year.

Public works director Dave Vallosio reported that plans have been approved for the installation of a new PA State Historical marker recognizing Dr. William McKnight for his work in medical research. The sign will be placed on Main St. downtown near the Courthouse Grill. The building housing the restaurant was where McKnight had done much of his work.