During the regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council held last night, Councilman Robert Marouchoc reported on the high acidity concerns in soil near the Cogeneration plant that were raised during the February meeting.

According to Marouchoc, the testing that showed a 1.8 pH level was found in a well north of the Cogen plant on property believed to be owned by the Lansford Coaldale Water Authority, and not in the soil. He also noted that previous test results were within normal range as were subsequent pH tests.

Marouchoc said that the 1.8 reading could have been the result of human error, but he will continue to monitor the situation.

Solicitor Robert Yurchak reported that PennDOT declined the borough's request to have the speed limit reduced along Route 54.

Harry Miller, who lives along Route 54 asked about brake retarder signs being put up along the road to address the ongoing problem of the noise generated by trucks utilizing the retarders or "jake brake." Signs would need to be posted on Routes 54 and 209 leading into Nesquehoning.

In an effort to save money on health insurance for borough employees, the borough will reach out to other municipalities to see if there is an interest in acquiring group health insurance.

In other business conducted by the council Wednesday:

Ÿ The borough will begin street cleaning in April. Signs will be posted informing residents to move their cars for cleaning. The cleaning will be done on the day after the signs are posted. An announcement of the precise street sweeping dates will be made in the Times News as soon as the dates have been determined.

Ÿ The borough is requesting letters of interest from individuals interested in sitting on the UCC Joint Board of Appeals. A general knowledge of carpentry, plumbing and electrical is needed. All letters and questions should be directed to the Nesquehoning Borough Council.

Ÿ Fire Chief John McArdle announced that a Community Emergency Response Team program will be held on April 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Carbon County Emergency Management/911 building. The CERT program introduces Carbon County residents to basic first aid, disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and rescue and terrorism awareness. Attendance is required for all three classes to obtain certification.

In the event of a disaster, volunteer CERT members would be called upon to utilize their training to aid emergency management workers.

For more information or to sign up for the CERT course, call (570) 325-3097.

Ÿ Council voted to approve Standardized Field Sobriety Testing classes for two officers.

Ÿ The fee for bounced checks has been raised to $35.