It's lights out for some in S. Hill
Summit Hill Borough Council last night maintained a stand it had taken last November when budget talks were occurring.
Some street lights might have to go.
Councilman Michael Alabovitz said there are areas where two street lights are next to each other, which is unnecessary.
There also was indication that White Bear Drive might be an area where street lights are removed.
The borough pays a monthly fee per street light to PPL Electric. Last month the borough paid $4,203 to PPL for the street lights.
Alabovitz said he is going to prepare a map - possibly by next month - that will show which lights he proposes be eliminated. He said residents will be given a specific amount of time - probably a month - to make comment.
He said the borough has more than 300 street lights and some merely light driveways and private garages.
Chief of Police Joe Fittos indicated the lights might not be needed in White Bear since there are no sidewalks and homes are not close together.
He noted that once leaving White Bear, no other municipality has street lights. For example, after West White Bear Drive, Owl Creek has no street lights. When going over the mountain, Mahoning Township has no street lights when you enter the township.
Council President Joe Weber said that when discussing the budget last November, the council promised it would take a look at street lights in the spring.
Harry Miller, a member of council, said some lights might be eliminated in the vicinity of Ginder Field.
In other borough business, council:
• Tabled action on a measure that would mandate purchase orders.
• Renewed a maintenance contract with Leztek Systems of Jim Thorpe for its computers. The contract cost is $200 per month for maintenance and $55 per hour for additional services.
• Bobby O'Gurek's Web Design and Services of Summit Hill was awarded a contract to maintain the borough's website. The cost will be $40 per month for unlimited updates and $10 per hour for maintenance. The motion to hire O'Gurek was 5-0 with Weber and Councilman John O'Gurek abstaining.
• Borough resident Linda McMillen asked why the borough's tax collector doesn't collect the Earned Income Tax. She said she doesn't like dealing with the EIT tax collector Berkheimer and Associates of Bangor.
Councilman Michael Kokinda said it is because half is collected by the school district and the other half is collected by the borough. Also, council members said it would take an extra full-time person to make the collection.
Resident Debra Ranck agreed with McMillen, stating, "You can't talk to Berkheimer. They've very difficult."
• Fittos said he has been getting complaints about speeding and people running stop signs.
"We're pretty strapped for personnel," he said, but added enforcement efforts will be stepped up.
Councilman Bill Chapman suggested overlapping shifts of police officers, especially on weekends.
Chapman also suggested reducing the speed limit around Ludlow Park to 25 miles-per-hour, stating it would be easier to enforce.
• Agreed to hire John Pruett as a part-time patrolman.