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Resident questions response to 911 call

Published March 26. 2010 08:28AM

In the absence of Nesquehoning council president Mark Stromelo, the Nesquehoning Council meeting was conducted by vice president David Hawk Wednesday evening. Councilman Frank

DiMiceli participated by telephone.

Several visitors were on hand. John Kennedy voiced his concern over his recent phone call to 911. He told them his name and where he lives and reported several gunshots outside his home around 1:30 a.m. He said there was no response from police and wanted to know why. Police Chief Sean Smith told him that Patrolman Carl Breiner was on duty at that time and called him into the meeting. Breiner said he was not told where the phone call came from, only that residents reported gun shots on either East Catawissa or East Center Street. When he responded nothing was found.

Jim Thorpe police also came to his assistance. As a result of that the Panther Valley School District released a statement that no one be allowed on the school property (behind Kennedy's home) between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. or from Friday 4 p.m to Monday at 8 a.m. Anyone found trespassing will be prosecuted.

After looking over surveillance tapes the police learned more about the incident. Only approved Youth Groups are permitted on the campus after hours. Police are providing additional routine checks of the campus and adjoining properties. Chief Smith said he will talk to the Communication Center Thursday about the matter.

Bob Stempa asked council since when was it a requirement to fill out proper paper work to plow snow in the borough. Councilman Hawk said he will find out the answer to his question. He also wanted to know why Ratcliff Street between Mill and W. Catawissa Streets was made into a one-way street.

"How did this happen? It's a disaster. I want it changed," said Stempa.

John Barna still questioned council on the snow plowing on his street on East Columbus Avenue. He said he received a ticket as did his other neighbors and hasn't paid it yet. Council woman Rose Walck said council is looking at some changes for next winter. Councilman Michael Sniscak explained that since the borough was down to one street employee on the date in question, it was evident that the streets had to be cleared of snow first so that emergency vehicles could get through. Parking spaces would be cleared later.

Councilman Frank Jacobs told everyone that "Nesquehoning gets plowed better than some other surrounding towns."

Council then went into executive session to discuss personnel matters.

The New Columbus Sparich residence was discussed and bids will be accepted for the demolition of the building. Councilman Richard Zabroski said, "We need to make a move on it. The neighbors have been waiting too long for the place to be torn down." Also on the same agenda is the Stoffa property at 26 West Coal St.

Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle reported that the a burning ban has been enacted in the borough until further notice.

The next Crime Watch meeting is set for May 4 at 7 p.m. in the borough hall.

Patrolman Carl Breiner received a letter of commendation for his assistance with Jim Thorpe police on March 1. The letter will be placed in his file.

Senator Musto's office sent a letter that the Carbon County Conservation District will receive a $162,508 Stabilization grant money for the Nesquehoning Creek.

Councilman DiMiceli resigned from all the committees that he previously served on and his name will be removed from those committees.

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