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Apartment building owner's attorney appears at meeting

Published July 29. 2010 05:00PM

Atty. Joseph Matika appeared before Nesquehoning Borough Council Wednesday evening representing his client Hugh Lawrence. Lawrence owns an apartment building at 127 East Catawissa St. in the borough. He said he wanted to bring council up to code on the building.

Frank DiMiceli reminded him that the building has no emergency lighting, no sprinkler system, and the alarm system is not hooked up to the county's communication center. Atty. Matika told council that the building engineers are Liberty Engineers of Allentown. A meeting will be set up between the attorney, Building Inspector Carl Faust, and members of council. A letter was sent to Lawrence in July 2009 on the items to be fixed up in the building. Council requested that the letter from the engineers be forwarded to them.

Dennis Ball, owner of 55 East Garibaldi Avenue, said he bought the property in March 2009 and is doing his best to get up to a respectable appearance. The building was condemned and needs many repairs by the owner. A meeting will be set up with him and Carl Faust.

Bill Rose and his wife came to council again for the second month in a row asking that something be done about the skate board ramp across the street from their house which rests on an easement. They said it is now being used and that there are high weeds surrounding it. Rose said eight to 10 teens are hanging out there. A letter was sent to the land owner last month. Now a letter will be sent telling the owner to move it or put a fence around it and that they have two weeks to do this. If they don't it will be taken down by the borough.

Joe Gogal mentioned about the high grass and trees on neighbors' property and encroaching on his. He was told a complaint letter must be submitted to the Code Enforcement Officer in the borough office.

Sherry Fisher of 100 East Diaz Avenue said she just moved into the neighborhood and has a leak in her basement which was not there when she bought the house. The work force will take a look at it.

Linda Narciso was introduced as the new part time Code Enforcement Officer. She asked that people not come to her place of work with their complaints. They need to fill out a report in the borough office.

Joe Brown of New Columbus asked about the parkingproblem in front of his house in the alley. The Street Committee will address the situation.

The borough will advertise for three crossing guards before school starts.

The new soon to be part time police officer passed his tests and will be offered a job as soon as he receives his identification number.

The next Crime Watch meeting is September 21 at 7 p.m. in the borough hall.

The traffic light is still on order.

The contract for street workers was accepted and retroactive as of January 1, 2010.

A million and a half dollar grant was applied for and will be used for street repairs.

The former Sparich property which is now owned by the borough will be advertised and bids will be accepted on it.. The deadline is 2 p.m. on August 25.

Temporary sanitation picker Anthony Citrano was hired and will cover vacationers. The garbage schedule will follow a new plan as of August. Garbage will be picked up Monday through Wednesday. The people who had their garbage picked up on a Thursday (High St., Ridge St. and Loggie Road) will now have their garbage picked up on Mondays. The Sanitation Crew will now work on the Street Department on Thursday and Friday.

Borough workers received a new contract. RonniSue Ahner will receive $16.32 an hour, Sean Coniglio will receive $11 an hour, and Althea Higgins will get $11.38 an hour. The contract is retroactive as of January 1, 2010. The Zoning Officer will get $12 an hour.

Mayor Walck said that the new police office is ready and all was approved for occupancy.

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