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Muncy resiliency project discussed with business association

By Staff | Aug 15, 2018

PAUL BARRETT/The Luminary Members of the Muncy Professional Business Association helped to sponsor the Pops on Pepper Street concert in Muncy on August 4th. They hosted a booth for photo opportunities with the theme “Star Wars.” Left to right are Marrissa Baker, April Feigles, Ann Baker and Angela Jackson.

MUNCY – Despite the rainfall and last month’s cancellation for Muncy 4th Friday, the Muncy Professional Business Association (MPBA) is working with PennDot, the Muncy Borough and the Muncy Police department to plan a successful event for August. Ann Baker, President of the MPBA, reported at this month’s meeting on August 2 some of the highlights for the August 24 event. Live music from the “A-Team”, a corn husking contest, the bounce house and a visit from Weis Markets mobile trailer will be in downtown Muncy from 5 to 9. “Haircuts by Kristina” will be having a fundraiser during the Muncy 4th Friday. She will be cutting hair that night and donating proceeds to help young Joey Braunsburg who is suffering from a brain aneurism.

Five new members were welcomed: Mad Duck Studio with Crystal Millard; Bassett Engineering Inc. with William Scott; Bob Dittmar from the Masonic Lodge; Little Stone Bridge Pathworkings (a coffee shop) with Robin McKean-Power and Terry Power; and the New Tommy’s Sports Bar with Tom Rishel.

An update was given on the Muncy Resiliency Project and the MPBA’s involvement. According to the advisory board, ten projects have been identified in the immediate area with the flood mitigation in the Glade Run area as one of the priorities. The West Branch Regional Water Authority is represented on the advisory board which led to a lengthy discussion from business owners on the Glade Run area. One member reported, “The neglect of Glade Runit’s trees, foliage is causing some of the damage.”

“Lions Park created a dam,” spoke another and “Let’s prioritize Glade Run.” Exposed tree roots has become a problem and overgrown foliage as been a problem for years,” said Kim Sampsell who has lived near Glade Run for over 20 years. Members agreed and one said, “The sewage and water system is aging with old pipes and infrastructure.” Baker said the county has allocated some funding for projects like sidewalks and streets and development for storm and sewer systems. Meanwhile a public meeting will be held in the near future to identify the full ten projects.

The MPBA now has four new benches placed on Main Street for the public. Fall flowers and foliage will be added soon to the flowerpots, and new signage plus “better lighting for safer streets” were other topics of discussion to improve the Muncy business community. “Uniform signage for businesses could be a future project,” said Baker.

FBLA members from Muncy High School have been involved with volunteer clean-up announced Janessa Mitterling from State Farm in Muncy. “With all of the rain, they will continue working on the clean-up neighborhood project,” she said.

Looking ahead in September, three car shows are planned for September 15 by the car dealers, and a balloon fest at the fairgrounds in Hughesville on the same day. The Masonic Lodge in Muncy will be hosting a spaghetti dinner that weekend and a motorcycle show.

On September 29 the MPBA will be having a “September Saturday Event” with PPL electric safety live wire demonstrations.

The next MPBA meeting will be held Thursday, September 6. To join or become a member contact muncybusinessassociation@gmail.com or text or call 570-447-1917.