Canton seeks solution to beaver problem
CANTON - There's some persistent beavers in the borough.
At Canton Borough Council's meeting this week, councilman Kurt Bastion, the street superintendent, spoke on the issue during the street department report.
He said a beaver dam was torn out three times with a backhoe, and "the next day it was right back there again."
"We're going to have to address that issue some other way," he said.
Amy Seeley, borough administrator, said the problem is occurring in the area off Springbrook Drive. The dam was built on private property.
Seeley shared a possible solution with council.
"Mike Lovegreen from the Bradford County Conservation District had talked to one of the residents on Lycoming Street about this, I want to say maybe at the beginning of summer or end of spring," she said. "There is a grant available to the residents that the municipality would apply for, but the residents need to come up with a plan, prior to us being able to apply for that."
"Without that plan, we can't move forward, and the residents need to do that, not the borough."
The problem isn't new. State officials have been involved in the past, trapping the beavers, but they keep coming back. The dams are a danger because they can exacerbate flooding.
It was noted that residents could start using outdoor furnaces again, beginning Oct. 1, and recreational burning is through Nov. 30.
In addition, council announced that the Halloween Parade is 5 p.m. Oct. 27, with trick-or-treat to follow the parade until 7:30 p.m.
On another matter, Seeley said Troy Borough has the leaf truck, and "so we'll be coordinating that with them to share it again, I suspect after the first of November, which is when we usually do it."
In addition, J. Scott May with the Canton Volunteer Fire Department reminded everyone that it's Fire Prevention Week this week.
The Canton Volunteer Fire Department will hold two open houses for the public at the fire department on Park Place in Canton. The first open house will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and the second one will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. There will be refreshments, fire safety handouts, and demonstrations at the fire prevention smoke trailer. This year, the theme is "Have 2 Ways Out!"
"We always appreciate support," May said.
Rich Bardo, president of the fire department, noted that the fire department recently donated a lot of leftover bread to "all the community people we could find to take it."
Also, it was noted that the Chinese Auction for the Green Free Library will be held Saturday.
Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Canton Area Elementary School.
Seeley gave an update on the budget making process this year.
She told council to let her know if they need anything as she starts to work on the budget.
"I'll be working with the appropriate department heads for committee meetings and distributing the sheets in the next week or two," she said. "Get to me if there's anything you feel we need to include."
She said the War Memorial Pool would be discussed.
Seeley said a meeting would be held with the appropriate parties on the West Union Street Bridge project in the future "to make sure that we're all on the same page with regard to the bid documents that were approved last month."
"I should have more for you on that at the next meeting."
Council passed a resolution related to the 2012 State Aid Pension Check Distribution.
She said the state aid check was deposited into the bank account.
"There's the distribution going out to the two members of the non-uniformed pension plan at the end of the year, once final payroll is done," she said. "It appears that a portion will actually be returned to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as there is an overage that came in."
In other business, Seeley told council that she should have a resolution at the next month's meeting regarding the auditors.
"We are changing firms this year," she said. "Labarr & Labarr is no longer going to do municipal audits." She said she was looking at a Montoursville firm.
"I'm waiting to have a discussion with them regarding our books, and then I will have more information on that."
She noted that Zito Media sent out letters to customers regarding its new offerings, and the representative from the company wanted to know if she had heard about any issues. Seeley said she didn't, but she was bringing it to the attention of council. Council members didn't mention anything.
"If not, that's a good thing then," Seeley said.
Council went into executive session for personnel and a legal matter.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.