LAWRENCEVILLE—The borough council learned that they would not be able to fill the position left vacant when Anna Hotelling resigned in September during the Oct. 7 Lawrenceville Borough council meeting. Hotelling had two years and four months remaining on her term and council was unable to appoint someone to fill a vacant of that length of time. Council is required to fill the position within thirty days of the November acceptance of the resignation. Elections will be held in November for other positions on council. Due to the fire at the Lawrenceville fire hall, voters will be casting their ballots at the Lawrence Township Building.
Jim Frew recommended that the council consider the transfer of sewer operator from the current provider, Pat Crowley, to employee Chris Fabian. Both Crowley and Fabian have operator licenses and the switch could save the borough money. The release of Crowley would also require an operator for the water treatment facility. The matter was tabled until the next meeting. Council approved the attendance of Jim Frew at a water operator training at State College. The training will be held weekly from December to March.
In an effort to save $1,400 council agreed to transfer the funds for the Bostwich Perry Library trust to a bank in Smethport. The fees charged at the C&N Bank are affecting the balance of the trust.
Council heard from one person who is interested in growing hemp in the borough. The process would be hydroponic and would not increase the to the sewer system. Council reported there is currently no ordinance in place to restrict the process. Further discussion is expected.
The council agreed to develop a standby list for persons interested in getting connections to the sewer system.
The council reapproved the grant of $1,000 for the planning commission to purchase benches and trash receptacles. Representatives of the planning commission said trunk or Treat would be held at the Cinderella ball field from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, door to door trick or treat will be held on Oct. 31. The planning commission is also planning to develop a newsletter.
The group discussed a sheriff’s sale set for Nov. 13 at 49 Mechanic Street.
Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 4.