As Weissport Council's first order of business in 2013, council on Monday night has hired a borough worker.

After a brief executive session, council voted to hire Dale Biegley of Lehighton.

Sue Pywar, council vice president, noted that Weissport did receive quite a few applications for the part time borough worker position.

Council also discussed snow plowing issues when two residents asked council why streets weren't cleared faster and why one alley was missed.

Borough worker Pete Pywar replied to one woman's question about why the plow isn't dropped to clear the streets better by explaining that if the plow was dropped any lower it would hit manhole covers. He noted that he hasn't cleared one alley because he wasn't aware that it was public property.

Mr. Pywar noted that he did put salt at intersections to help provide traction for motorists.

Pywar said he was pleased that another borough worker is being hired.

Arland Moyer reported that the police car needs new rims and provided estimates from two locations. The motion to purchase was tabled when council realized there are additional costs. Moyer will secure more estimates for the next meeting.

Council also discussed the proposal from Carbon County Solid Waste. Weissport was not an contributing community. If Weissport wants to be part of the Carbon County recycling program, its costs would be $1,969 a year or $4.78 a resident or 40 cents a month per resident.

Attorney Michael Greek noted that Weissport Council members should consider applying for a 2013 Block Grant. He noted that the pre application is due March 3, 2013.

Council also adopted a resolution that sets wages for borough officials and the depository institutions. Selected were M&T Bank, PLIGIT, and Jim Thorpe National Bank.