Nesquehoning Council voted to replace the late council member Frank DiMiceli Wednesday evening. Voted to fill the position was Frank Jacobs, a former councilman who was the leading vote getter in the May primary election. Abstaining from the vote was Michael Sniscak and Richard Zabroski. Jacobs thanked those who voted for him.
During the visitors segment, resident Mickey Angst thanked council for placing the pedestrian crosswalk signs on Catawissa Street. He said a lot of people praised the borough for their action.
Ed Pienkosz of Mill Street requested that the borough secretary expedite the information placed on the computer website. Right now she is unable to get into the site. He also questioned a letter sent to council last year and was told no action was taken.
Nesquehoning Boy Scouts who attended the meeting to earn credits for their badge were Adam Nevenglosky, Brian Fisher, and Jeff Ockenhouse.
Borough Code Enforcement Officer Linda Narciso gave a report for the month. There is a problem with rodents in parts of the borough.
Barbara Silliman of Ridge Street requested a handicapped parking sign be placed in front of her home.
The owner of property on East Garibaldi Avenue was present and told to clean up his property which has become a nuisance to the neighbors. He was also told about the same problem last year.
A part-time employee will be hired from a list of interviewed prospects for sewer projects as needed. He will work no more than 32 hours a week. The council went into executive session to discuss Sewer Department personnel and a grievance of the Street Department.
Inlet boxes continue to be changed on Diaz Avenue and will then be changed on other streets. Line painting will begin on the streets in front of the Panther Valley Elementary School. If there is no response on a home owned by Larry Williams on East Railroad Street, it will get condemned and then torn down. Presently it is getting infested with rodents and birds.
John McArdle, Nesquehoning Fire Company Chief asked council to remember that there is a deadline to replace the old equipment of mobiles and pagers by December or January.
Ryan Kennedy of Nesquehoning, who is enrolled in the police academy course, was allowed to ride along with the police officers for a total of 16 hours. As soon as one more police officer completes his polygraph test, a part-time police officer can be hired.
Bob Stempa was the low bidder for excavation and installation of curbing on Mill Street. Resurfacing will be done by Lehigh Asphalt (low bidder) on Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth streets at the estates and along Angelini Avenue (from Columbus to Diaz) and on part of Diaz Avenue ending before the Little Flower section of the street.
Sewer lines will be corrected along West Mill Street while the streets are opened.
It was proposed that a mural on area history be drawn on the wall in the council chambers by the Panther Valley High School Art Class. The school will be contacted and a sample drawing will be submitted to council.
Borough owned building roofs will be checked for hail damage. Councilman Richard Zabroski got information from the borough of Macungie on the grass recycling program and relayed it to council. Councilwoman Mary Fox said she stopped by the Johnson Park before the meeting and took a walk through and saw many items that are in need of repairs for the safety of all who use the park. It was suggested that anyone who is experienced in masonry and would like to volunteer their time to make repairs to contact the borough office. Any other maintenance repair volunteers would also be appreciated.
Councilman Jacobs said all of the old police equipment and any other old borough owned equipment should be sold as well. Council received a quote for a new police car from Kovatch and is waiting for a grant to purchase the vehicle. Councilman Zabroski made a point of telling members that a recent request to borrow a borough work truck with employees for work to be done at Lake Hauto would not have gone without paying the employees' salary, lunch and refueling the truck.
The next Crime Watch meeting is set for Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in the borough hall.