Council lauds the departing Morris, welcomes new solicitor Jay Lundy

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the borough’s new solicitor to succeed Timothy Morris, who has resigned and is moving to California.

Council President Susan Glessner said Morris has served as the borough’s solicitor since 1999 and has been very active in the community.

“Not only are we going to miss him at borough council, but the community will also miss him,” she said.

Morris said he believed there is no higher calling than that of a solicitor.

“I’ve enjoyed my many years as solicitor, and consider all of the members of council to be my friends,” he said.

Mayor James Wehrle proclaimed Monday as “Tim Morris Day” in Punxsy as he presented him with a proclamation.

Glessner said Lundy has represented three townships, a borough, a municipal authority, a county sewage association and the Council of Governments as a solicitor over the last six years.

Council member Roger Steele also said Lundy is also active in the community and performs pro bono (free) legal work for the Weather Discovery Center.

Also Monday, council:
• Approved a request from Mary Ann Kernich to hold “Music in the Park” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from July 14 to Aug. 25 in Barclay Square.

Steele said the Groundhog Festival Committee, which he chairs, has agreed to cover the popular music program under its liability insurance for the coming season.

• Approved a request by Cen-Clear Child Services for National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM) program to use the shooting range as in the past.

• Approved a request from SS.C.D. School to conduct its annual community clean-up April 20.

• Approved adding William Phillips to the Lindsey Fire Company active list.

• Approved a motion to put out to bid the Punxsutawney Area Community Center roof replacement project, and to use CDBG funding from prior years to pay for it.

Borough Manager Ben White said the total project amount is about $88,000.
• Dennis Knox of the Eagle Riders motorcycle club requested permission to revive the “Thunder in the Borough” motorcycle ride Saturday, July 9, the last day of the Groundhog Festival.

Glessner said Knox should meet with Police Chief Tom Fedigan to propose a route and submit a formal letter prior to the next meeting.