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Jonestown Borough Approves Budget For Phase One of Beautification Project

The Jonestown Borough meeting on February 7th was full of news and updates for the community. The meeting lasted over an hour as various topics were discussed, including the block party, increased police force, and the beautification project.

Audrey Shutter, the organizer of the Jonestown Block Party, approached the council with suggestions and news regarding the event, which will take place at the end of May. Shutter proposed waiving fees for vendors who are willing to donate a service at the event, such as the Jonestown Dance Company performing and a local photographer sharing her photographs for future advertisement. She also introduced the option for local businesses to apply in a marketing partnership, which would include food vouchers, a banner, and recognition as a valued contributor. “Additionally, we’re looking to embrace the community by offering nonprofits to provide games and activities for their own fundraising,” Shutter told NL Bulletin. The borough will be submitting permits to close off Market Street for the event in the coming weeks.

The council discussed the first phase of the beautification project, which is a parks and recreation initiative aimed at creating a more cozy and friendly environment. The project will involve removing the current Christmas tree at 49 West Market Street and replacing it with a new one, as well as adding picnic tables and other perimeter trees. A motion to approve the first phase, with a budget not exceeding $11,500, was approved unanimously by the council.

The council also appointed David Charest to a vacant council member spot, with Rick Kline making the nomination. However, Jeremy Schott opposed the motion, “I am voting against this and it’s not because of the policy differneces between David and myself, but it’s the concept of a married couple being half of what it takes to pass a motion.” Despite Schott’s opposition, the motion passed.

Cleona Police Chief provided the borough with statistics on the department’s work within the community and future plans. In 2021, the police department issued 141 citations in the borough, while in 2022, 220 violations were cited. The police force plans to add a full-time police officer to address issues such as increased violations at certain times of the day.


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