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The Muncy Resiliency Project
January 26, 2017 - Barb Barrett
Not only did the Women’s March make significant history for some of us over the weekend, but there are also some very significant movements going on right now in Muncy. One of them is the Muncy Resiliency Project and the other is helping Muncy become part of Community Heart and Soul Works.
The Resiliency Project is up for discussion with the Muncy Borough seeking some ownership of the project that would involve restoring the Opera House into a venue that would provide economic development and preserving the natural history and architecture. Some funding is available and the county is assisting with developing plans to focus on infrastructure and addressing the flood plain and guidelines, starting with this building. The public is urged to attend the next borough council meeting scheduled for Feb. 7 to support the project and learn more about it.
Also under discussion is a new initiative introduced by Bill Poulton of the Muncy Historical Society, and that is to engage the Muncy community under the Heart & Soul Works by creating a comprehensive plan for the future. The plan would build assets and bridges between leaders and residents. Making Main Street a thriving street is a goal for every community and Muncy has the possibility to invest in its culture. For example, The Ritz Theatre could be an investment for a gathering place or reopen for live entertainment, depending on what everyone wants, and what vision we can build for Muncy’s “unique character.” In order for the movement to work, as many people as possible need to be involved to transform Muncy, but a plan of action needs some exploration. Bill would like to see this on the Borough agenda as well and asked them to take action with local residents to “improve the inadequacies and identify what is most important to our residents.” Meanwhile, Muncy residents are elated that Borough Council passed the ordinance to protect residential properties from adverse impacts of waste facilities and air polluting facilities and to declare and prohibit certain activities as a nuisance. The entire ordinance can be read on their website at muncyboro.org. This seemed to have halted the waste to energy plant from settling in the Muncy borough.
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