Montour County Readdressing Meetings Scheduled

A series of public information sessions will be held in May to provide updates on the merger of the 911 centers between Columbia and Montour counties and readdressing in Montour County. Residents and commercial property owners in Montour County, Riverside Borough and Rush Township are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions.

  • Wednesday, May 10 – Danville Middle School, 120 Northumberland Road
  • Wednesday, May 24 – Anthony Township Municipal Building, 1295 White Hall Road
  • Thursday, May 25 – First Baptist Church of Danville, 20 Brookside Drive
  • Wednesday, May 31 – St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 240 Sunbury Road, Riverside

The sessions are being hosted by the Montour County Commissioners and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Additional information on 911 readdressing is available on the Montour County website.

The Chamber supports the 911 consolidation to improve emergency response and to save costs in the long-term.

Renaissance Parking Regulations

The Bloomsburg Police Department issued the following press release regarding parking regulations during the Renaissance Jamboree this Saturday, April 29. 

The Bloomsburg Police Department would like to remind everyone of certain parking regulations enforced for The Annual Renaissance Jamboree taking place this Saturday, April 29, 2017. 

The event will close Main Street/SR0011 from Iron Street to Railroad Street, and Market St. from W. Ridge Ave to W. Pine Ave.  Uniformed officers, fire police and regulatory traffic control devices will detour traffic around Main Street using Railroad Street and 6th Street.  The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. and is a family oriented event.

No Parking is in affect daily on Main Street and Market Square from 2–5 a.m.  Parking will also be prohibited on Market Street from Main Street to Ridge Avenue and from Main Street to Pine Avenue.  Additional No Parking will be enforced at 3rd & Market Street near the Wesley Church and on Main Street at Iron in front of Saint Paul’s ChurchCars parked in these areas on Saturday will be ticketed and towed 2–5 a.m.. 

Portable restrooms will be located on Iron Street @ E. Main Street, on Center Street @ Main Street, at the Courthouse on Main St., and on Oyer Ave. @ W. Main St.

Handicapped Parking is available at the rear of the Public Library along W. Pine Ave.  Metered Parking is free on Saturday; however all other parking regulations will be enforced across the day. For more information call the Bloomsburg Police at 570-784-6779.

Chambers Continue to Support Gas Pipeline Project

With information from the PA Chamber of Business & Industry

Last Wednesday, PA Chamber Director of Government Affairs Kevin Sunday spoke before a DEP permit hearing in Lycoming County in support of an air quality permit for an expanded compressor station on Williams’ Transcontinental pipeline system. The expanded station would allow for increased capacity on the system in advance of the build-out of the Atlantic Sunrise project, which received key clearance from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this past winter and is awaiting several water and wetlands permits from DEP and the Army Corps before construction can begin in earnest later this spring. At the hearing, Sunday noted that infrastructure projects, such as Atlantic Sunrise, represent the potential for thousands of jobs in the state, billions of dollars in new investment, and continued opportunity for the state’s manufacturing base.

The PA Chamber will continue to advocate on this issue, given that infrastructure is critical to supporting and sustaining economic growth. Likewise, The Columbia Montour Chamber is submitting a letter to DEP this week in support of the project.  The Chamber continues to support the expansion of Pennsylvania’s natural gas transportation and distribution pipeline infrastructure.

Annual Block Party This Weekend in Bloomsburg

The annual spring event known as “Block Party” is scheduled for this weekend in Bloomsburg. The Town/Gown Relations committee is implementing two new initiatives to increase security this year by discouraging visitors. The new initiatives include:
 
• Parking Restrictions – Bloomsburg University will temporarily close the Lightstreet Road Parking Lot and the ATM Parking Lot to all vehicles and temporarily restrict access to the First Street (Green) Parking Lot to permit-holders only from 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, through 12:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017.
 
• Residence Hall Visitation Restrictions – Bloomsburg University will temporarily restrict overnight guests in the residence halls to one visitor per student for the evenings of Friday, April 21, Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, 2017. A professional security company firm will assist in managing guest registrations and enhance front door security.
 
The Town/Gown Relations Committee is reminding participants that neither the Town of Bloomsburg nor Bloomsburg University endorse the Block Party Event, and a large police contingency of both uniformed and plain clothes officers will be present.

Report Shows $12 Billion Needed to Start So-Called Property Tax Relief Bill

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office unveiled a new report this week showing the amount of additional state dollars that would be necessary to implement and sustain a so-called property tax reform bill. The analysis concluded that nearly $12 billion would be needed up front, which is $2 billion less than the previous estimate; but also showed that this amount would need to grow by hundreds of millions more than previously estimated – between $800 million to $900 million each year. As it did in the earlier report, the IFO again assumed an estimated $530 million from gaming revenue will be dedicated to the property tax relief effort.

The PA Chamber remains opposed to this tax shift measure that relies on fluctuating revenue streams (sales and personal income taxes) to replace the steady, reliable funding that property taxes have provided for generations. The property tax legislation that a small but vocal group of advocates are promoting would have an especially negative impact on renters, small businesses and young families who would see a new sales tax placed on many everyday essentials like diapers and daycare.
 
The Joint Governmental Affairs Committee of the Columbia Montour Chamber and the Visitors Bureau will be evaluating the legislation once it is introduced.