Friday, December 19, 2014

Local News

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Sam Kitchko, left, Nesquehoning Planning Commission secretary, and Gerald Heffelfinger, president of the planning commission, look over plans for the proposed solar park phase II project in the borough.

Plans for the proposed PA Solar Park phase II in Nesquehoning are moving forward, but there is still some work to be done before it becomes a reality.

On Monday evening, representatives from Con Edison Development, the developers of the project, met with the Nesquehoning Planning Commission to discuss the plan, address concerns and answer questions. Con Edison hopes to break ground on the second phase of the solar park by early April.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In an effort to improve snow plowing/removal in the borough to make travel safer, several changes to Lehighton's snow ordinance are set to take effect with the borough's first significant snowfall.

The following changes will go in effect with the first forecast snowfall of 3 inches or more:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Area organizations have shared requests for items to help in their missions of helping the less fortunate.

The requests include specific items, both small and large; monetary donations; or donations of time.

If you're looking for ways to brighten the season for area residents who need some extra holiday cheer, look no further.

Carbon County Animal Response Team

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lehighton's police chief has a new contract in place.

By a unanimous measure, borough council on Monday unanimously approved an employment agreement with borough Police Chief Brian Biechy.

Per the agreement, Biechy will receive an annual salary of $72,800, effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015.

Biechy has been police chief since Dec. 21, 2013. At that time, he succeeded Scott Prebosnyak, who was serving as the officer in charge.

At that time, council sought applications for the police chief position, but Prebosnyak indicated he wasn't interested.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Summit Hill Lions Club recently continued its tradition of making annual Christmas donations to community and area organizations, presenting $1,400 ($200 each) to the Summit Hill Historical Society, Summit Hill Recreation Commission, Summit Hill Shade Tree Committee, Diligence Fire Company No. 1, Toys for Tots, Carbon County Friends of Animals and The Salvation Army.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First Baptist Church and St. Mary's Byzantine Church are two stops during the first Nesquehoning Historical Society Church Tour on Saturday. Tickets are still available for the tour.

Tickets are still available for the first Nesquehoning Historical Society Church Tour on Saturday.

The event will include church tours of seven churches in the borough, as well as the site of the former Sacred Heart Church, located along West High Street. It will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Four defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas on Monday in Carbon County court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Dezera Colleen Defiore, 23, of Catasauqua, was arrested on May 24, 2013, by Kidder Township police along Route 940. Given a test, the result was 0.14 BAC.

Sentencing was deferred.

Steven Neil Spaide, 43, of Freeland, was arrested on June 7 by state police at Hazleton along Buck Mountain Road in Lausanne Township, following his involvement in a hit-and-run accident. Given a test, the result was 0.20 BAC.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anyone wishing to plow within the Borough of Lehighton are required to do the following things:

Ÿ Register with the borough of Lehighton.

Ÿ Provide copy of valid driver's license.

Ÿ Provide valid insurance with a rider for plowing if plowing a commercial business, or valid car insurance only for plowing parking spaces.

Ÿ Provide phone number.

Ÿ List all areas you will be plowing and when.

Ÿ There are to be no piles anywhere.

Ÿ If temporary pile is made for removal, truck must be present at the time to remove the pile immediately.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An application for medical offices is among a pair of requests set to be reviewed by the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board.

The application from Blakeslee Commons LLC, 2216 Willow Park Road, Bethlehem, will be revisited when the zoning board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Blakeslee Commons has requested a special exception from a section of the borough zoning ordinance that pertains to special uses as the property at Ninth and Bridge streets is located in an industrial zoning district.