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Friday, November 21, 2014

Trust the contractor or hire a construction manager for three proposed building projects?

That is the latest question facing Lehighton Area School District as it moves forward with plans for a new K-5 elementary center, and renovations to its middle and high schools.

No official vote has been taken on the matter.

Quandel Construction Group, based out of Harrisburg, made a pitch to Lehighton's school board this month claiming it could save the district around $2 million on $52 million worth of work.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Rich Strack/Special to the Times News Keith Knappenberger puts a bag into the compactor at the Penn Forest Transfer Station.

Nearly 4,000 people go there each week. They spend anywhere from 15 seconds to a few minutes before they leave.

So, in such a short period of time, what can happen?

Just ask Sherry and Keith Knappenberger who operate the dumpsters at the Penn Forest Transfer Station off Route 903 in Jim Thorpe. People realize that throwing away trash is the reason they have to go there, but for many, the Knappenbergers are the reason they like to go there.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Carbon County residents can expect to pay the same amount on their county taxes in 2015.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the 2015 spending plan with no changes from its preliminary adoption last month.

That means that a homeowner with a $100,000 home that is assessed at $50,000 will pay $512.50 in county real estate taxes next year.

The budget, which is broken down into operating funds, $43,100,056; capital projects, $177,324; and special funds, $2,365,322 totals $45,642,702.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Lansford borough office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. The tax office will be open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov 28.

Letters to collect delinquent sanitation accounts will be sent. Accounts more than 90 days past due will be charged a $25 administration fee. Anyone with questions about their garbage bill should call the borough office at 570-645-3900.

Payment deadline for the 2014 sewage transmission fee is Dec. 31.

Check out the borough website at

Friday, November 21, 2014

Community dinner

St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church, Race Street, will serve a turkey feast at this month's free community dinner. It will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the church.

Civil Service

Commission Board

The Jim Thorpe Borough Council is looking for residents to sit on the Civil Service Commission Board. Letters of intent may be mailed to the borough office and post marked no later than Dec. 8.

If you wish more information call the borough office at 570-325-3025.

Holiday trash


Friday, November 21, 2014

The Tamaqua Community Arts Center will present a free night of music on Saturday, with any proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Scheduled performers include Angela Nardini, Rodney Clouser, Jupiter's Arrow, Older/Bolder bell ringers, Kathy Peters, Joe Krushinsky, Pat McGeehan, Shane and Livi, the Munoz Brothers and a few special surprises.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The arts center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Lackawanna County firm has been awarded a contract worth in excess of $100,000 to do remedial work on the Summit Hill Water Authority's system in 1989. The work will be paid for, in part, with a Pennsylvania Department of Commerce Community Facilities Grant of $75,000.

The grant was secured through the help of state Rep. Keith R. McCall, who hand delivered the grant application to Harrisburg.

The authority will be responsible for paying about $31,000 for the work.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Schuylkill County Judge D. Michael Stine has admitted six local people into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program, including a Tamaqua man who raced off in his car with his young son after a domestic dispute and crashed into a tree. The program is for nonviolent offenders who have no prior criminal records, or very limited ones. In most cases, if the offender successfully completes the program, his or her record is cleared of the offense.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nesquehoning Borough wants its residents to be aware that its snow parking ordinance is now in effect.

The ordinance states that upon a snowfall, the following streets have been designated as snow emergency streets and no parking will be allowed in the named portion until the area is plowed. If there is no section of street indicated, then no parking is enforced along the entire length of street.

Ÿ Catawissa Street: Even numbered side of the street on even number days.

Ÿ Catawissa Street: Odd numbered side of the street on odd numbered days.

Friday, November 21, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Chris Huegel said at Thursday's board of supervisors meeting he will not tolerate  trespassing at his property.

A Rush Township board of supervisors meeting Thursday ended with a resident calling for police action, claiming he was threatened at the meeting by another resident.

The incident began after Joe Shamonsky walked to the podium to question the board about road crew activity.

"What's going on at Kennedy and Center Street," asked Shamonsky. "Your road crew was down there and put flags up."

Vice Chairman Robert Leibensperger responded that routine measurements were taken.

"It was a request for extent of right of way," Leibensperger said.