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County helping Summit Hill finish project

Published November 06. 2010 09:00AM

Carbon County is helping one borough finish a project that has been in the works for quite some time.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved an agreement with Luzerne County Site Contractors of Hazleton, for additional work on the Summit Hill Borough Street Improvement Project at a cost of $9,235.50. The additional work on the project will pave Beech Street from West Ludlow Street to a portion of West Holland Street.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained that the agreement is actually an extension of a project the county helped Summit Hill with in regards to its new fire company.

"We helped completed the project by paving (Ludlow Street) from Market Street to Beech Street," he said, adding that the cost of the initial project was about $64,000, which came from Community Development Block Grant money. "We're glad to be able to use stimulus money to help Summit Hill complete this project."

In other business matters, the county acted on the following agenda items:

• Enter into a lease agreement with St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nesquehoning. The term of the lease shall be from Nov. 1, 2010 to Oct. 31, 2030. O'Gurek explained St. Francis of Assisi officials submitted a reverse subdivision to merge six lots into one on the church's property. The county planning commission approved the proposal, but noted that there were some areas where the church was encroaching on county-owned property. This lease helps the church to be able to merge the land without having encroachment issues.

• Adopt a resolution recognizing Anna Moore, a resident of MapleShade Meadows in Nesquehoning, on her 105th birthday on Nov. 3. Moore was born in East Mauch Chunk in 1905 and was a teacher, starting her career in 1926 in a one-room school in Bowmanstown. Commissioner Charles Getz noted that Moore taught him in school.

Moore retired from teaching in 1966 and began traveling. Since 1970, she visited all 50 states in the United States and 85 countries, one of those adventures being a 70-day trip around the world.

• Approve the Carbon County Live Scan policy and procedures. The Live Scan system is a fingerprint and photo booth that is used by law enforcement officials to electronically fingerprint and photograph individuals.

The commissioners also remind residents that there are Veterans Day events taking place in the upcoming week.

On Sunday, the Carbon County Veterans Day Parade will take place in Palmerton. It will begin at 2 p.m.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein urged everyone to come out and support the veterans who gave so much for this country.

O'Gurek also announced that the county will hold a Veterans Day program on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe. The public is welcome to both events.

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