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Summit Hill resident is frustrated by litter

Published May 11. 2010 05:00PM

A Summit Hill woman is frustrated by the amount of litter she sees along the streets of Summit Hill.

"It's sickening," commented Shireen Parsons during a meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council.

Council member Harry Miller Jr. agreed with her, stating that littering is even prevalent across the street from the borough hall at the basketball court. "They play basketball but can't hit that 55 barrel drum," he said.

Parsons said a lot of the litter in the borough is cigarette butts.

She said many parents and children toss their soft drink containers and other litter onto the playgrounds instead of using the trash containers.

She suggested that a borough clean-up event occur before the Memorial Day parade on May 31.

On a request by council, she agreed to make an attempt to coordinate such a clean-up. Monica Marshall, chairman of the Recreation Commission, said some students at Panther Valley High School need community service hours for graduating, so they might help with the clean-up.

Marshall will provide Parsons with information on the contact person regarding recruiting students for the clean-up effort.

In other matters:

• Borough resident Charles Ziegler said that with warmer weather occurring and home improvement projects getting underway, residents should be wary not to be ripped off by contractors.

It was noted contractors must be registered with the state. All contractors for major projects must have identification bearing a state registration number.

Attorney Joseph Matika, the borough's solicitor, explained that all registered contractors are listed on the Pa. Attorney General's Web site.

"I got (ripped off) several years ago," Ziegler said. "I don't want to see it happen to others."

Mayor Paul McArdle, who is a professional roofer, displayed his card and said the registration number is required by law to be used on bills, advertisements, and correspondence.

Attorney Matika warned, "Don't assume that that number or the piece of paper means they're automatically registered." He suggested that individuals make sure via the Web site that their contractor is registered.

• On a related note, borough zoning officer Larry Marek said residents should check to determine if permits are required for construction work. He said anyone with questions should contact Kira Michalik, borough secretary, at 570645-2305. "If it needs a permit, Kira will contact me," he said.

He praised Michalik for her assistance.

• Marek also complained that he still gets calls at home regarding borough matters, noting anyone wanting to contact him should do so through the borough secretary. He said he got calls already at 8 a.m. on a Sunday, and threatened to start returning calls at odd hours to such individuals.

Council President Joe Weber said Marek is only a part-time employee of the borough and shouldn't be contacted in his off-hours at his residence.

• Permission was given for the Anthracite Triathlon to be held on July 18 beginning at 7:30 a.m. However, the organizers must work with the police department well in advance of the event to assure safety measures are in effect.

• The council agreed to renew a handicap parking permit for Ziegler.

• The Summit Hill Basketball Summer League was granted approval to use the Ginder Court on Sundays, Thursdays, and Tuesdays from 5:30 to 9 p.m. through mid-August.

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