Halloween Parade night slated for council’s approval

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The news that all the little ghosts and goblins have been waiting to hear is when Halloween will be observed in Punxsutawney.

Mike Porada, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said the borough received a letter submitted by the Punxsutawney Fire Department (which has organized the Halloween Parade for many years) proposing that the parade be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, on Union Street.

He said the letter stated the parade will travel down Union Street to Barclay Square, where the costumes will be judged and the participants will receive a treat from the firefighters.

The parade will form at 5:30 p.m. by Napa Auto Parts on Union Street, Porada said, adding that trick-or-treating will follow until 9 p.m. with fire police, fire department members and REACT assisting the trick-or-treaters in crossing the street at intersections.

Porada said that date will have to be approved by the full council at Monday's Borough Council voting meeting.

There were no other comments from members of the Public Safety Committee regarding the parade or trick-or-treating.

In other business:
• Illegal parking and speeding on McHugh Avenue have been investigated by the Punxsutawney Borough Police, according to Chief Tom Fedigan at Tuesday's committee meeting.

Fedigan said that parking is permitted near West End School, so long as the parked vehicles leave a path for other vehicles to travel.

There was a complaint that people were parking on private property, which the department did not observe at that time.

Larry Chenoga, Punxsutawney Borough Council president, said that Gary Conrad and Dr. Keith Wolfe requested that council look into these issues on McHugh Avenue and recommended that Fedigan should send the school district a letter informing them what his investigation uncovered.

Bill Spencer, council member, asked why there's no 15 mph speed limit sign by West End School and why there's no entrance into the school from McHugh Avenue.

• Fedigan proposed an upgrade for the security cameras at Harmon Field.

He would like to have a wireless system that sends the pictures directly to the police station over the Internet, which would require a wireless router in the pump house at the George C. Brown Community Pool.

Fedigan said he would like to purchase a new camera for the gated area at the police station.

The total cost was estimated at $1,200, he said.

• Ben White, borough manager, said council voted to move forward with an amplified speaker system for council chambers.

All the microphones are connected to the speaker in the front of the podium.