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5 new members named to S.H. Rec Commission

Published February 10. 2010 05:00PM

Summit Hill Borough Council last night appointed five people to the borough's Recreation Commission.

Last month it was noted that the commission was in danger with just two active members listed.

The response from the community was pleasing to Joe Weber, council president, who commented of the new appointments, "Great. Absolutely fabulous."

Re-appointed was Suzanne Milkowich, while new appointees are Russell "Rusty" Marshall, Walter "Bud" Lausterer, Delores "Jodi" McAndrew, Joseph Pelcheck Jr., and Margaret Pelcheck.

Monica Marshall, an officer of the Rec Commission, said a meeting of the group has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the borough hall. She said the meeting is open to anyone interested in joining the commission.

One of the topics to be discussed will be the annual Memorial Day weekend Stay-at-Home celebration at Ginder Park.

Easter on the Hill will also be planned.

In other business:

• Weber said 18 individuals have applied for exemptions to the garbage collection fee. The borough council had changed its ordinance stating owners of long-term vacant properties can obtain an exemption from the fee if they prove the property is vacant and make application within a specified period at the borough hall.

Weber said the application period expires in two weeks. Anyone seeking an exemption from the garbage fee must apply in two weeks with proof the structure is vacant.

• Councilman Michael Kokinda said when it snows, he wants the sidewalks cleaned at the borough hall before it opens for business.

John O'Gurek, a member of council, said the Water Authority had agreed to take care of the borough hall pavements. He said consideration should be given to coming up with a written agreement requiring the authority to clear the sidewalks of snow earlier in the morning.

Council members agreed that the borough work force is busy plowing and shouldn't be pulled from those duties to shover the sidewalks.

• Mayor Paul McArdle said the 2006 Crown Victoria police cruiser is in need of a new transmission. He said price estimates indicate a new transmission isn't much more expensive than a rebuilt one, and the warranty on a new one would be better. The council agreed to have the transmission installed by Kovatch Ford in Nesquehoning at an estimated price of $3,220.50.

Councilman Bill Chapman was reluctant to agree on the matter, stating, "If we repiar the transmission, what's to say the rest of the car wouldn't fall apart."

Chief of Police Joe Fittos said the rest of the car, which has 79,000 miles on it, appears to be in good condition.

• The council also agreed to repair the brake lines on the police department's 1998 Explorer. Fittos said the work was being done last night so the vehicle could be used for today's snowstorm.

• Action was tabled on request by a request by a woman who would like to use either the borough hall or the training room at the community center for yoga classes. Attorney Joseph Matika, the borough's solicitor, said he will have to check with the borough's insurance carrier to determine if the borough is covered for this.

• The council denied a request from a resident on East Hazard Street for a handicapped parking sign. It was noted the woman has a garage on the premises and there appears to be no parking problem at her house.

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