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Nicholson Mayor Charlie Litwin announced on Monday that Nicholson Borough has been approved for a flood control project through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

At Monday’s Nicholson Borough Council meeting, Litwin said NRCS plans to formulate a watershed plan and assessment for council to view this month.

Mayor Litwin first announced the possibility of the project in April, saying that NRCS offered to develop a plan to alleviate flooding at little to no cost to the borough.

“It has been accepted, so that project will be moving forward,” he said. “It’s great news. There will be some form of flood relief as they see fit with the Martins Creek watershed in the near future.”

Secretary and treasurer Jessica Bower also provided updates about three ongoing projects.

Neal-Lynn Inc., the company chosen to install riprap along sections of Horton Creek, has been provided a notice to proceed with the project any time between Monday until the end of October.

Once the company begins working, it has 22 days to complete the project. The project must be finished by Nov. 22, Bower said.

In regard to Streetscape, which seeks to fix borough sidewalks, Bower said she continues to receive signed agreements from property owners.

Council hopes to bid out the Streetscape project by the end of this year, likely advertising for bids in November.

As for repairs on the footbridge, Bower sent out letters to 11 prospective contractors, two of which have replied no so far.

Council president Dawn Bell announced that the Nicholson Water Authority plans to apply for a $225,000 grant to update its electric and purchase a new generator.

Council is also in the process of putting together its 2020 budget, though a total has yet to be announced. As it stands now, Bower said it doesn’t appear that a tax increase would be necessary.

In a special meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m., council plans to discuss the 2020 budget in depth.