Skills proclamation presented

Huntingdon Borough Mayor Dave Wessels, right, presented a proclamation recognizing Direct Support Professionals Week in Huntingdon to Skills of Central Pennsylvania employees Jessica Swanger and Wes Miles during Tuesday’s Huntingdon Borough Council meeting.

Work is expected to begin on a multi-million dollar water and sewer line project along Fourth Street in Huntingdon Borough in the next few weeks.

Borough council member Sean Steeg, who chairs the water and sewer committee announced during Tuesday’s monthly council meeting that while it will impact traffic, the end result will be positive.

“It will snarl traffic, but it definitely needs to be done,” he said.

Borough manager Chris Stevens echoed Steeg’s comments and said the project should move relatively quickly.

“Intersections should clear up quickly as the project moves forward,” he said, adding that Moore Street should reopen by the time the Fourth Street project begins.

As reported at the August meeting, the project will start at Allegheny Street near the bridge and will move it’s way block-by-block the entire length of Fourth Street towards the cemetery.

Each block will take roughly one week to complete. The goal of the project is to separate the sewer lines; at present, the lines combine septic and stormwater flow. Stevens said separation of those sewer lines is mandated by the state and noted the borough has undertaken two previous projects of this kind, on Fifth Street and on 16th Street.

The project also includes the installation of new water lines.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, mayor Dave Wessels announced the annual Halloween parade has been canceled, but trick-or-treat night is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31. He encouraged residents to watch the borough’s Facebook page and website for updates on future events.

“We’ll try to make the tree lighting happen as it’s socially appropriate at the time,” he said. “We’ll try to make the holidays as special as we can.”

Wessels also took a moment at the start of Tuesday’s meeting to recognize direct support professionals from Skills of Central Pennsylvania as part of Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in Huntingdon.

“We recognize their dedication and the vital role they play to help folks thrive in their communities,” he said, noting they assist with many tasks, including meal preparation and medicine management that prevent them from living in institutionalized care.

Maintenance committee chair Terry Green noted during his report cleanup days in the borough have gone very well.

Leaders also offered positive comments for employees and first responders.

“In these tumultuous times, I couldn’t be anymore proud of our community,” said Wessels.

Council president Johnathan Hyde offered continuing gratitude for borough employees and first responders.

“Thank you for your incredible work,” he said.

Public safety committee chair Jim Bair also extended his appreciation to the fire company and police for their work.

“The fire company had 36 calls in August, bringing total calls to 231 so far this year,” he said, noting it’s been a “very light year.”

Stevens closed his report by encouraging the public to support the PRIDE Telethon, which begins today.

“If you’re able, they can really use all help they can get,” he said.

Becky can be reached at bweikert@huntingdondailynews.com.

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