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Big Run council: Former store must come down in 60 days

July 21, 2011

Big Run Borough Council approved a motion at Monday’s meeting to give notice to Jeff London, owner of Big Run Carpet, that his store — which was ravaged by fire June 19 — must be torn down or repaired within 60 days. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council passed a motion Monday to have the fire-ravaged Big Run Carpet building torn down within the next 60 days.

Council member John Niver said council needed a time frame, and that he consulted with Mary McHenry, the code enforcement officer for the Borough of Punxsutawney, as to how much time a property owner has to remove a fire-damaged structure in Punxsy.

Punxsutawney gives a property owner 90 days to either remove or repair a fire-damaged structure, Niver said.

Thirty days have already passed by since the fire, Niver said, and that Jeff London, the owner of Big Run Carpet, should be given 60 more days to deal with the charred remains.

Council approved a motion to have Harold Bruner, code enforcement officer, send a letter giving London 60 more days to have the building torn down.

Niver said London asked him about obtaining a demolition permit, and that he was busily obtaining estimates from contractors.

Also at Monday’s meeting, council:

• Approved a motion allowing Niver to purchase two doors from Rich’s Used Auto Parts in Kersey at a cost of $175 to $250 per door for the borough’s dump truck.

• Approved Resolution 11-3 to appoint Berkheimer as the new tax collector for the earned income tax and local services tax as recommended by the Jefferson County Tax Committee.

• Approved a motion for John Smeal, council member, to purchase two trail cameras to be installed at Veterans’ Park in order to prevent future vandalism.

In other business:

• Council President Nick Lantz said he wants council to enforce Ordinance 208, an existing ordinance regarding a curfew that prohibits youth under the age of 18 from being on borough streets after 10 p.m. unless they are coming from a school function or from a job.

Lantz said the juvenile could be charged with a summary offense with a maximum fine of $300.

• Niver said he finally caught up with one of the juveniles who’ve been seen riding an ATV throughout the borough after having seen him drive around the War Memorial.

He said he warned the juvenile driver that he would report him to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police and his parents if he saw him riding in the borough again.

• Niver asked that a letter be sent thanking Russell Standard Corporation, the contractor for the Big Run arch bridge project, for donating some of the bituminous material that was removed from the temporary road that was removed after the bridge project was completed.

• Lantz said that Link Enterprises, the contractor performing the sidewalk repairs, does not require a performance bond because they are not working on the road.

Link does have a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT, Lantz said.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the War Memorial.

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