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July 15, 2012

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(August 5, 1896)

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Mahoning Street to be Paved With Brick this Fall

At the regular meeting of town council, held Monday night, all the members were present. Several property owners were present and were heard in matter of curbing West Mahoning street. The law was read and explained to them by the borough attorney, and they were satisfied that the council had the authority to require them to put in curbing in front of their properties, but were not satisfied as to the justness of it.

A motion was put and carried requiring the plank in front of the Zeitler block to be placed on the proper grade within ten days, and all the property within ten days, and all the property owners from the Johnson building to the Zeitler block were notified to place their pavement on proper grade at once.

The B. R. & P. railway was directed to open the ditch on the south side of their track from Pine street to the borough line. A committee was appointed to confer with Clayville Council in regard to putting in a sewer at borough line.

The street committee and street commissioner were instructed to examine all streets and sidewalks in the borough and where repairs are needed of sidewalks are not on proper grade to notify owners to make necessary alterations or repairs.

An ordinance directing the property owners along West Mahoning street, from the West end of the present plank street to the borough line, to each fronting their respective properties, was passed.

An ordinance was also passed requiring the Punxsutawney Street Passenger Railway Company to pave their portion of the street.

The burgess was authorized by ordinance to negotiate a loan of $2,000 by means of thirty year bonds at 4 per cent, free of state tax for this purpose. Interest payable at the option of the borough after eight years. A tax of one-half mill was laid for the purpose of paying interest and redeeming bonds at the end of the term. The paving will be done as rapidly as the law will permit the council to act.

Burgess reports for fines $44.50.

Bills were paid aggregating about $1,000 the principal items of which were $715 for street lights, $133.50 costs on contested election, surveying $43, and police $53.75.

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