A new billing system approved by Summit Hill Borough Council last night will allow Summit Hill residents to receive their garbage bills via email, if they so desire.

The council will purchase the system from MuniBilling of Mohnton, Berks County. The firm has agreed to waive its $250 installation fee. The cost of the system is $10 per account or about $140 per quarter.

Council members stressed that residents who want to receive bills by mail will still have them sent to them. They said the borough will be able to save postage costs if residents opt for the e mail billings.

Council President Mike Kokinda added that another advantage is that the system will save time in printing the bills. Presently bills are printed individually, but the new setup would be able to print several bills at one time.

MuniBilling will also have a back-up data base for the bills, Kokinda noted.

If the borough approves adding a sewage facility fee in the near future, the new billing setup will be implemented for this, too.

In other business last night:

Ÿ Bobby O'Gurek said a washout of materials beneath the handicap ramp in Ginder Park caused the ramp to be unsafe. Borough workers will be directed to check the ramp and make repairs.

Ÿ Sandra Breiner, who lives along Stoney Lonesome Road, complained about the condition of the road and noted that significant washout has occurred. She told the council that it took 1 1/2 weeks for the borough to place cones warning motorists of the dangerous situation.

John O'Gurek, chairman of the streets committee, said he will have borough workers look at what repairs might occur.

Ÿ Breiner asked Chief of Police Joseph Fittos what the speed limit is on Summit Hill streets. Fittos said if the streets aren't posted, the speed limit is 35 miles-per-hour. Chestnut Street has a 15 mph speed limit, he noted.

Ÿ Council member Jesse Walck stated that "when people have little spats, they must settle them through the courts."

He complained too many disputes come to borough officials and should be resolved through civil action instead of coming to the council with them.

Ÿ Permission was given to the Hazleton Area YMCA to hold the Anthracite Triathlon on July 15. It will begin at 7 p.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Ÿ The Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership was granted permission to host a music and art festival in Ludlow Park on Sunday, Aug. 19, from approximately noon to 8 p.m.

Ÿ O'Gurek was instructed to get prices on a new riding lawn mower. He said numerous belts were purchased for the existing mower over the past two years that have cos the borough about $700.

He said the last time a mower was purchased it cost $1,800. Similar mowers today can be bought for $1,200 to $1,500.

Councilman Michael Alabovitz remarked that the borough should be buying a better mower. "We're buying residential lawn mowers to do a commercial job," he said.

O'Gurek was asked to get quotes to present to the council at its next meeting.

Ÿ Shawn Midas was hired a a part-time borough secretary. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation last month of Amber Shemansik.