Brookville Borough Council Takes Action on Demolition of Condemned Residence

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Amid plans to address blighted housing within the borough, the Brookville Borough Council approved a motion to accept a bid for the demolition of a condemned residence on Jenks Street, pending inspection of Solicitor Jim Dennison.

The house, which was not identified with an address but is located near the highway underpass, has been condemned by Code Enforcement Officer Donald Jonischek. A borough police officer reported that the basement stairs are crumbling and that the house is considered a hazard.

When the previous owner of the property passed away, no one opened the estate to inherit the property. Dennison noted that the bank forgave the mortgage on the property and the only existing liens would be borough taxes. There have been no potential buyers for the property.

Borough Manager Dana Schreckengost revealed that the borough received three bids for the demolition of the house. All bids included removal of the property, hauling and filling the hole. The borough would ultimately be responsible for disconnecting the utilities. The lowest bid was made by Dale Motter Excavating in the amount of $9,960. A financial report made by Schreckengost assured the board that the borough could afford all the bids. The motion was made to accept the lowest bid.

In other business, Council Member Bill Kutz who leads the Planning Commission brought the Legacy Trucking’s site development plan to the board for approval. Legacy Trucking plans to build a facility at the location that used to be the Holiday Inn. Kutz said their presentation of their plan “passed with flying colors” with the Planning Commission. Council Member Karen Allgeier made a motion to approve the plan followed by unanimous approval of the board.

Before adjourning the meeting, board President Phil Hynes reminded the board members that there was a Town and Trails meeting to discuss regional trail development at the new Chateau d’Argy event center on Main Street this Thursday starting at 7:00 pm. Council members, business owners and the general public are encouraged to attend.

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