Knoxville borough council met Aug. 19 where they agreed to support the proposed construction of a Dollar General on the lot of the former Purina Mill.
Council discussed a right of way and Reservoir Road that takes traffic through the proposed construction area. The pathway is currently 20 feet wide while the county suggested a 33-foot wide row. The borough will send a letter of support for the narrowest right of way the county will allow. It is possible that the construction could begin in the spring of 2020.
Ryan Pardoe attended the meeting representing the engineering firm involved in the proposed development; he asked for general feedback. Jason Lang attended representing the firm that establishes locations for Dollar General.
Council discussed options for the Kelts well and the changes in monitoring requirements from the Department of Environmental Protection. The options are to blend the water from two wells, test the Kelts well before using it alone or use it as an emergency back up well.
The well has not been used in the past seven years according to council. They agreed to use the well as a back-up well with testing at the time of need. Council president Tom Baker said the well has always tested adequately in the past.
Council learned of changes in tax changes for boroughs in the state under Act 51 effective Aug. 30. Officials reported that if the tax rate for the borough goes down or stays stable there is no need to advertise the tax rate.
Councilman Mascho asked about a culvert where water is pooling near his residence. The borough will try to determine why the water pools and find a remedy. Mascho is interested in repairing his driveway and would like the problem addressed prior to the repairs.
The borough will host the Tioga County Association of Boroughs meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 25.
The next meeting of the Knoxville borough council is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16.