Dog problems surface at Weissport Council meeting
Dog problems were at the forefront of Weissport Council's meeting on Monday.
Former mayor Tina Hagenbuch said she has already reported the incident to the police department. She noted that she and a friend were walking their dogs in the 200 block of White Street when they were attacked by three dogs. She said that at least one of them was a brindle pit bull. She said that within the apartment building at 220-222 at least five dogs live which are never on a leash and constantly roam the streets.
Hagenbuch also noted that people are not cleaning up after their pets, which is also becoming a problem in Weissport.
Council president Tim Rehrig did ask if Hagenbuch consulted police and she said she had already done so.
Rehrig said that he will pull out the dog ordinances to see what is covered under the ordinance.
Hagenbuch said that the event was a nightmare as she and her friend were tangled up in the leashes trying to protect their own dogs.
Council president Rehrig noted that he has instructed the borough worked to spruce up the park and surrounding area for the yard sale on May 29. He noted there will be a raindate on May 30.
Council vice president Sue Pywar presented a sketch of a Weissport Playground sign that she would like to see placed at the site of the new playground. She noted that the sign must include language from the grantee of the the funds donated for installation.
Rehrig said that before the contract is signed, it must be approved by council.
Pywar said that a local sign painted has said that he will paint the sign for $200 and that he is donated his labor.
Rehrig also noted that he had attended the Parryville Council meeting and that Parryville has officially decided to not accept shared police services with Weissport. Rehrig said that Weissport had given Parryville a cost estimate of $30 an hour to have a Weissport officer work in Parryville. Rehrig said the $30 includes the cost of paying the officer, plus his benefits, insurance and wear and tear on the car. He said that Parryville was estimating to have the officer for 20 hours a month or about $7,800 a year.
"The contract is terminated," said Rehrig. "The official date is May 30 for the termination."
Rehrig said that should Parryville change its mind, the option would remain open.
Borough worker Dennis Moser reminded council that the four borough's flags that usually are flown during major holidays are tattered and torn and need to be replaced. Moser said he was checking with State Rep. Keith McCall to see if he can get replacements. Moser said that the flag poles also need to be replaced.
The smaller flags which line the park were recently replaced by Col. John Williams, who donated the flags.
Weissport is seeking a member of the community to serve on the Zoning Hearing Board and also someone to represent Weissport on the Parks and Recreation subcommittee of the Carbon County Comprehensive Plan Committee. Anyone interested should contact a council member.
Moser also asked council to allow him to purchase a new step ladder because the old ladder is unsafe.