Tunkhannock Borough Council has determined the fate of the caboose at Riverside Park.
At Thursday’s (Oct. 3) meeting, council members voted to transfer the ownership of the caboose to Miles Group.
“They would move it back to Honesdale, refurbish it and use it,” said council president Bob Robinson.
The Wyoming County Historical Society owns the caboose.
“They gave it to us but we really couldn’t accept it because we don’t have a park commission,” Robinson explained.
All three parties involved have agreed to the transfer.
Following the agreement of the transfer, council passed a resolution “authorizing the surrender of any interest in and to a certain railroad car.”
Council member Scott Douthett was absent for the votes.
Council member Marshall Davis said transferring the caboose to Miles Group is in the best interest of the borough and the intent behind putting it in Riverside Park in the first place.
“It’s going to continue to be in disrepair here. This way it can have a new life,” he said.
Council also intends to adopt a $1,114,244 budget next month with no tax increase.
On Thursday, council members unanimously passed a motion regarding their intent to adopt the tentative 2020 budget during their regular meeting in November, though there was no discussion about the details of the budget.
Tunkhannock Borough Police Chief Keith Carpenter reported that Patrolman Richard Stevens completed a PennDOT enforcement course that certifies him to write citations under the federal inspection code for tractor trailers.
Stevens received an additional certification in weights and measurements for tractor trailers, though there are no scales in Tunkhannock Borough.
“There’s more than enough tractor trailers to signify a need for it, especially in our area,” he said.
Mayor Stacy Huber thanked Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff and the county probation department for donating around $500 to purchase glow sticks for the upcoming Halloween Parade.
The parade begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31, with trick-or-treating from 5 to 7 p.m.
Davis said the Civil Service Commission plans to soon move on to oral interviews for borough police officer candidates.
Under transportation and streets, council member Lisa Tesluk said she received a complaint about manholes between Curry Donuts and McDonalds giving drivers a hard time.
Though it’s a state road, Davis said he will ask Roger Hadsall from the Tunkhannock Borough Municipal Authority to find out which manholes, if any, are a municipal responsibility.
At the suggestion of Kilmer Insurance in Wyalusing, council voted to change its insurance company from EMC to Selective once its policy expires next month, which will save the borough $5,063 annually.
Robinson said additional security cameras have been installed at the borough police station and DPW garage, leading council to approve a camera policy on Thursday.
Council member Ben Barziloski said a COG/Property Maintenance meeting is scheduled for Nov. 12 at 6 p.m., and also suggested that council consider adopting a beautification ordinance some time in the future.
Council confirmed that pickup for disposal of fall leaves will begin on Oct. 21 and conclude on the Monday before Thanksgiving, depending on the weather.
Tunkhannock Borough Council is scheduled to meet again on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.