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Friday, September 22, 2017

Council to review Friends of George agreement

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Paul cmil Special to The Press in Local News

Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich discussed a draft of an agreement between the borough and the volunteer Friends of George organization at the council’s workshop session Monday.

“I have been drafting the agreement for a while ... and now I have the agreement that we can look at,” he said.

Before further discussion on the details of the agreement, Dimmich asked if council was in favor of turning over the entity to an independent group.

“The George Taylor House stays with the borough,” he clarified, “What we are talking about is Friends of George. The borough owns the name and the entity. The legal status was all prepared and submitted by the borough.”

Council members said they want to look at the agreement.

One of the provisions noted by council President Vincent Smith is to have Friends of George report through the council’s general government committee. The George Taylor House would follow the same reporting structure.

Dimmich emphasized the draft agreement he prepared turns Friends of George over to an independent group.

“There are still documents needed by the organization to determine how they will operate,” he said.

In a meeting held by the Friends of George last week, interim director Emily Zacharda said she was told that Friends of George has been under general government committee for more than a year. Friends of George appointed a three-member committee to meet with the solicitor to iron out what needs to be done and how the volunteers can work with the borough.