DURYEA — Borough council members approved a motion to extend the Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone (KOZ) on McAlpine Street by 10 years at their monthly meeting on Aug. 11.
A KOZ is a specific geographic area designated by local governments and approved by the state as free of specific local school district, municipal and state taxes.
Council president Jimmy Balchune said with the motion, he hopes more businesses, and therefore more job opportunities, will make their way to Duryea.
In other business, council members approved the motions to:
• Appoint Lois Kaminski as an alternate to the recreation board for a four-year term to expire Dec. 31, 2019.
• Accept Stell Enterprises of Wilkes-Barre for the demolition project of the property at 303 Main St., which will make way for a new borough building parking lot.
• Increase the debt of Duryea Borough in the amount of $375,000 to provide funds for the 5th Ward Paving Project, which will see the repavements of the following streets: Foster, Williams, Carol, Flynn, South Alley, Hope, Church, Hobart and Hollow.
• Accept the resignation of policeofficer Scott Greene.
The next borough council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the borough building, 315 Main St.