City gathering estimates for feasibility study on city complexes

The newest member of Corry’s municipal authority isn’t lacking for experience.

Corry City Council this week appointed Regis Dombrowski to serve on the authority, which oversees the city’s water supply and sewer systems.

Dombrowski served as the city’s wastewater treatment superintendent for 14 years before retiring two years ago. Before becoming superintendent he worked as assistant wastewater superintendent for 10 years.

Dombrowski’s five-year term on the authority will expire Dec. 31, 2019.

Council had searched several months for a candidate to fill the vacancy. Letters of interest received by council were shared with the authority in order to select the most appropriate member.

“Corry has a great volunteer base,” Councilman Alex Gernovich said. “Thanks to all the others who expressed interest.”

In other business:

• The Corry Neighborhood Initiative presented letters to council asking forgiveness of taxes on two properties.

The first property, at 426 E. Main St., is being acquired by the Corry Industrial Benefit Association as part of CNI through a private sale with the owner. CNI would like to purchase the blighted property, tear down the house and redevelop the property. Unpaid taxes from 2006 to the present total $4,628.

The other property, at 218 E. Church St., also is being acquired by CIBA as part of CNI through a private sale with the owner. CNI would like to demolish the blighted house and redevelop the site to get it back on the tax rolls. Unpaid taxes from 2006 to the present total $874.

“Without your forgiveness, the (properties) would typically end up at a sheriff sale and then judicial sale; the past due taxes will be lost,” CIBA Executive Director Rick Novotny wrote in the letters to council.

Council tabled the requests and will discuss them at its April 6 public work session.

• Public input is needed to determine how the city can best spend its anticipated 2015 Community Development Block Grant funds.

A public hearing will be held Monday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers. Council’s regular business meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

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