With the absence from the meeting of Frank DiMiceli and Michael Sniscak, Nesquehoning Council made several motions during this week's meeting.
The first move was to advertise for a part-time clerical code enforcement officer to assist Code Enforcement Officer Rob Blisard. The person would not be a police officer.
Mayor Walck mentioned that the borough will be getting free traffic cones to be placed near the post office and in front of Lengyel's crosswalks. May 1 is Loyalty Day and he invites all residents to attend the VFW Post 8008's celebration. With the Memorial Day Parade on May 31 he asked for help on traffic from the crossing guards and extra police patrol. Crime watch meeting is set for May 4 at 7 p.m. He will go to Jim Thorpe and help them get their Crime Watch program started.
John McArdle announced that the Table Top Exercise for borough officials will be held on June 1 with registration at 5:30 p.m. at the Nesquehoning Fire Company.
The following committee reports were given:
Streets: The borough needs a new riding mower, which has been around for many years, and a new push mower which is also obsolete. The borough is still sweeping in town.
In the near future the borough will purchase a new small dump truck which will cost $67,425.65 by a grant and Liquid Fuels through the Co-Star program. It has a spreader and plow.
There are many streets in town that need resurfacing and the borough will apply for a loan to get this done over a 10-year period.
Sewer: Cleaning out will begin at the borough's sewer plant. If it is done by the borough it will cost $5,000, much cheaper than $20,000 if done by an outside group.
Police/Public Safety: Councilman Dave Hawk made a proposal to increase the part-time police officer's salary by $1 more an hour by the beginning of the pay period. All new part-time hires will start at $14 an hour and then increase to $14.50 and then $15.
Thomas J. Kurtz, who just graduated from the police academy, will be allowed to ride with the police officers to observe. He will not be on the payroll.
Sanitation: The Methodist church requested that its garbage be picked up on the fourth Thursday after its free community supper. The motion was approved.
President Stromelo remarked that the garbage truck had a few break downs in the past two weeks and he apologized. He said it is time to get another truck since this one will be paid off. He said the next one will be smaller and picking up the garbage by the borough is saving the borough money with no increase on fees. Councilman Zabroski added that, "It is self sufficient."
The borough will use money from the sanitation fund to pay for the demolition of the Sparich property and then replace it after the property is sold.
Recreation: The Army Corps of Engineers visited the sports complex and reported it to be wet lands. Zabroski and Councilwoman Mary Fox said they should look for another place to put the youth sports complex eventually. PV School Board member Tony DeMarco said that the middle school is in the process of completing a field and they may be able to use that.
Junior Recreation: The mayor reported that the Junior Recreation Committee gave $305 to the American Cancer Society telethon recently.
New Business: Approval was given from the council for Fritzinger to subdivide that property and Dan Farole to subdivide his property.
A Car Show will take place at MapleShade Meadows on July 17 from 1-3 p.m. and the street will be closed during that time frame.
Old Business: it was suggested to keep trucks off the parking lot at the new police station and the borough may install a car port for the cruisers.