Visitors at Tuesday’s Bradford City Council meeting added color to what would otherwise have been a brief meeting of regular business.
Visitors attended with three issues to address with council.
Members of the Hendryx family asked council to reconsider reimbursing the Hendrix estate $14,693.37 for the cost to correct a deed filed by the city in 2013.
After surveyors concluded in 2012 that the city owned the property — a 7.576-acre piece of land in Bradford Township next to Callahan Park — city council deeded the property to the city, according to Jan Hendryx, who spoke on behalf of the family on Tuesday.
The city denied a request earlier this year for reimbursement.
City solicitor Mark Hollenbeck explained his own recollection of the events. He said that “some time ago” the city needed to do a “meat and bones description of Callahan Park.” E&M Engineers and Surveyors provided a legal description based on information including a review of county records that indicated the city owned the property.
Hollenbeck was first made aware of the deed dispute in late spring/early summer in 2018. Upon review which showed information from county records was incorrect, it was determined the Hendryx family did own the property, and the city had it deeded to them.
After nearly 20 minutes of discussion, Mayor Tom Riel said, “we’re going to end this (discussion) now.” He explained, “We can’t make any decision on it tonight,” but added city officials have the information the family submitted Tuesday to look at and consider.
Another resident, James McDonald, asked about a road issue on Sanford Street. He explained a hole was cut in the ground during a city-involved project in April, and gravel in the hole has washed out.
Chip Comilla, director of public works, said he would follow up with the project contractor today.
Finally, resident Alan Poyer attended to follow up on concerns he has about a wall along Bennett Brook on Willard Avenue. He said the wall looks ready to fall down, and he wonders if the city would be willing to help him find out who owns the wall and what can be done about it.
City officials indicated they would continue to look into it.
After council heard from visitors, they handled regular city business.
Council amended an ordinance designating parking meter zones in Bradford. The amendment eliminated metered parking on the west side of South Avenue between Chautauqua Place and West Corydon Street.
Mayor Tom Riel explained a request was made to eliminate some of the metered parking by the newly built Terminal Plaza.
Two people were appointed or reappointed to five-year terms on Bradford’s Historical Architectural Review Board. Neil Rinard is serving from Jan. 8, 2019, through January 2024, and Candy Smith from January 2018 through January 2023.
John Kohler, owner of 44-46 Main St., was awarded a certificate of appropriateness for trim replacement and brick work to the store front, with dark bronze trim to replace the aluminum trim and brick to be cleaned with the gentlest methods. HARB recommended the certificate be issued.
Council also accepted a proposal from Johnson-Schmidt, Architect, PC, for an amount not to exceed $7,500 for HARB training and a review of the Bradford Historic District Ordinance.
Additionally, council approved an extra grant payment of $5,690 for rehabilitation work at 253 High St. The original grant of $64,525, paid from the city’s HOME and Community Development Block Grant programs, did not include the cost of gutter replacement and some bathroom improvements.
Council will meet next at 7 p.m. June 25.