WELLSBORO — Resident Jim West asked council here to try to save the rail freight terminal off Charleston Street.
West made the request at the July 8 council meeting. He said the plan is to remove the building and build a new building to house amenities and a visitor area for the Marsh Creek Greenway trail that will connect Wellsboro to the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
West said the terminal is historically significant and doesn’t believe it is structurally unsound. He encouraged council to get involved to save the structure.
Borough manager Scot Boyce Jr. said the county is heading the project. Eads Group inspected the structure and made the recommendation. He said he would pass West’s comments to the trail advisory committee.
Ellen Bryant, representing the Penn Wells Hotel and Lodge, asked that the borough change the time when the street sweepers are working. Several guests have complained about being woken at 5 or 5:30 a.m. by the equipment, she said.
Earlier in the meeting, council agreed to purchase a 2015 Pelican street sweeper for $150,000 and agreed to put the borough’s 2001 model up for sale.
The new sweeper, said Boyce, is operable from both sides. The 2001 model can only be driven from one side, which requires it be driven the wrong way around the boulevards at an early hour when there is light traffic.
The newer model, which arrives in a few weeks, can be used at a later time, said Boyce.
Bryant thanked council, adding she hopes the new equipment will resolve the issue.
In other business, council:
- Approved closing Charles Street, from Pearl to Main Street, and possibly Pearl Street, from Central Avenue to Charles Street, for the Hometown Science Festival on Sept. 21.
- Announced Packer Pool will be closed July 27 to hold a league swim meet for 800 children.
- Adopted an ordinance adding no parking zones to Water Street, 343 feet from Norris Street to the northeast along the southeastern side, and Pearl Street, between Charles and King streets on the southeaster side. The parking prohibition is intended to improve sight distances for vehicles at the intersections.