It appears Summit Hill Borough Council will be looking at changing its noise ordinance.
Attorney Michael Greek, solicitor for the borough, presented a draft of the ordinance to the council. The borough fathers then agreed to advertise it.
One of the things needed with the ordinance will be an instrument for the police to measure decibels.
The present ordinance is predicated on judgment by the responding police officer.
The current rules were called into question last year by a resident cited under the ordinance who asked about the criteria for issuing citations.
In another matter, no agreement was reached to prevent the Lansford -Summit Hill hill (Route 902) from being better maintained.
The hill is often shut down when snow occurs because it is steep and gets slippery. On Christmas Eve, it was shut down for nearly an hour until a crew from PennDOT arrived.
PennDOT sent a letter to Summit Hill borough suggesting an agreement be drawn up whereby the borough would take over the winter maintenance of the hill.
"I don't see a problem with that," said councilman William Chapman. "I think it's a good idea."
Borough Council President Mike Kokinda disagreed, voicing concerns about the borough's liability."
One councilman said, "This is a major hill on a major highway."
Another council member, John O'Gurek, also voiced disapproval. He said in the past, "We had agility agreements and we got absolutely nothing in return. Also, if we have to call our guys out (to maintain the hill), will we be paying overtime?"
Last winter, the hill was closed for about three hours while a school bus with kindergarten and first grade students on it waiting at the top for a PennDOT crew to arrive and open it.
Since then, it was reported that a crew is automatically assigned to service the hill faster.
In other borough business:
Ÿ Joanne Griffin asked council to continue placing a stop sign on Amidon Street at Pine Street (Route 902).
O'Gurek said it is difficult of find a legal location for the sign.
Chief of Police Joseph Fittos remarked, "We have more crashes at intersections where we have signs on both sides."
Kokinda assured Griffin the council will look into the matter.
Ÿ Fittos said an "entry kit" was purchased for the police department by the Panther Valley School District. He said it's a good tool to make emergency entry into a school building.
Ÿ The council agreed to purchase new computers for the secretary, assistant secretary, and two for the police department at a cost of $3,560 from Les Tech (Jeff Leslie) of Jim Thorpe.
Ÿ Action on purchasing security cameras was tabled.