The Summit Hill Borough Hall has been occupied for nearly two years and still hasn't been officially dedicated.

Council member Mike Kokinda suggested that a dedication be staged in conjunction with the borough's fire department dedication on July 24.

The Diligence Fire Company will dedicate its new station and pumper on that date.

Both the fire station and borough hall were constructed as part of a $3.5 million building project.

The fire department planned to hold its dedication last August but had to scratch those plans because construction on the fire house wasn't completed.

Kokinda said he will contact the fire department to determine if the borough could hold a dedication on the same day as their event.

"Even though we're here two years, we never had a grand opening or dedication," Kokinda said.

Although the borough hall has been occupied for two years, the fire department officially took occupancy of the building this past Jan. 30.

The borough hall contains borough council quarters, the water authority office, and the police department.

In other borough matters:

Ÿ Kokinda said cars are driving through the parking area between the new fire station and Elk Lighting. He said he received complaints that some motorists have been driving fast through there, causing a danger to children walking to the bus stop or past the firehouse.

Attorney Joseph Matika, the borough's solicitor, said this was meant to be a parking lot and not a road to travel through.

The council instructed borough secretary Kira Michalik to order signs advising motorists they cannot use it as an alley.

"It was never intended to be a street," Matika said.

Ÿ Councilman Harry Miller commended some volunteers in the community who painted street signs. Council President Joe Weber agreed, stating the signs "look fabulous."

Ÿ Monica Marshall, chairman of the recreation commission, asked that the grass be cut on Ginder Field on May 26, two days before the borough's gigantic "Stay-at-Home" festival. She said things are falling into place for the festival. Anyone willing to volunteer can contact her at (570) 325-3205, ext. 4. Also, sign-up sheets for volunteers are located at several locations in the borough.

Ÿ Four requests were received for exemptions from garbage bills, but the council delayed acting on them until more information is received. Under the borough regulations, a building must be vacant for at least six months before a trash bill exemption is given. On the application, the line which asks for the length of vacancy has the word "unknown." Matika said this doesn't indicate it was vacant for six months.