Nesquehoning looking at 3 mill tax hike
Nesquehoning Borough held its council meeting with the abscence of council members Frank DiMiceli and Rose Walck. Mayor Tony Walck was also among the absentees due to work.
Councilman David Hawk reviewed the 2011 proposed budget. He said there will be an increase of 3 mills for the new year. He said there's a loss of property income and an additional full time police officer must be hired.
There will be no increase in fees for the sanitation and sewage bills.
Tom Merman and Frank Jacobs took exception to the increase. Jacobs said the borough does not need another full time police officer and they should revisit the 3 mill increase. "Everybody is talking about laying off and you are talking about hiring. Don't put such a big demand on the taxpayers.", said Jacobs.
Ted Dacey asked council who owns the overgrowth of grass along the railroad tracks on Allen Street between Mill and Coal streets. Letters will be sent out to the county commissioners and railroad company.
A list of streets to be paved was read.
New borough Superintendent Louis Paul gave a report on work done in the borough. With a savings of $12,000 for the borough, he and the borough crew installed 10 new inlet boxes on Angelini Avenue before the Spring time resurfacing.
Final approval was given for a subdivison of six lots combined into one for St. Francis of Assisi Church in town.
Solicitor Atty. Robert Yurchak gave his report with the borough's approval on the preliminary/final plan for the development of the Solar Park Land Development. Also approved by the borough was the camera policy for the police car, the Tazer gun policy for the police, and the snow ordinance for the town.
Plaques will be presented for the DARE program to Panther Creek Partners, Kovatch Corporation, Atty. Michael Greek, and the Nesquehoning Lions Club, all sposnors of the program.
Under Police notes, the borough will buy Chief Sean Smith a new winter coat as part of his uniform.
Lake Hauto resident Alexis Simchak, who is a student at Penn State, submitted a letter asking for permission for PSU students to have a boot drop at the light in Nesquehoning on Dec. 4 for the Thon Organization to fund cancer research. Particpants are asked to wear flouescent T-shirts or vests.
Ed Pienkosz asked the borough council to make the expenditure report available to the public ahead of time before the meeting. Atty. Yurchak said this can not be done until it is passed by council.
Councilman Michael Sniscak said curb cuts can no longer be done on Catawissa Street since it is a state highway and a state regulation.
Awnings will be purchased for the new police office's two doorways from Zola Awnings of Hazleton.
Councilman Sniscak brought up the fact that council has a Blue Book and should follow the rules in it. He stated that only the Police Chief should be scheduling police officers' hours and training and not the mayor.
Council president Mark Stromelo said they will hold a meeting with each and Sniscak said "I hope it's settled immediately."
A new computer was approved to replace the 10-year-old computer in the borough office.
Thanks were again extended to Kovatch Corporation for the continuous support of the ambulance personnel in answering calls.
The borough will be picking up Christmas trees for recycling at Mauch Chunk Lake's Environmental Center every Friday in January.