The Punxsutawney Spirit
Sykesville council approves borough office improvements
SYKESVILLE — The Sykesville Borough Council voted to perform some improvements to the current borough building at this week’s meeting.
Council member Gabriel Sweka said the borough office needs new drywall and a ceiling in the foyer. It also needs to remove the old stained carpeting and replace it with a vinyl wood floor.
Sweka made a motion, seconded by Elaine Fike, vice president, to obtain estimates to remodel the current borough office building.
In other business:
• Hydrant flushing is going to begin May 16, and will continue for three weeks.
• A no parking ordinance for winter weather was approved to go into effect.
• Unsafe structure building ordinance: Council President Michele Yamrick said a recent incident showed flaws in the borough’s current ordinance.
“We had a very outdated ordinance regarding unsafe structures,” Yamrick said, adding that the borough has to have a committee and can appoint the police or fire chief to make a determination in place of a
code enforcement officer.
• Sykesville Fire Department: Council approved a payment to be made in the amount of $18,978.01. The invoice for the insurance for the trucks is $3,892.
• Council discussed paying employees to discuss business on the phone over the weekend.
• A property on Cleveland
Street was discussed in executive session. A $150 bill needs to be paid. The owner of property was provided with the names of organizations that can assist him with the house. Following that, a motion was made by Sherry Pruzinsky and seconded by Nathan Alvetro to provide the resources to the owner and pay the bill. It carried.