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In Summit Hill, you'll be fined if you toss snow into the street

Published January 11. 2011 05:00PM

A snowstorm is supposed to arrive tonight, and if you live in Summit Hill you better not toss the snow from your sidewalks or parking space into the street.

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos said a borough ordinance prohibits this and the police department will be enforcing it by issuing fines.

He said the last storm had 2.5 inches of snow and people tossed snow into the street. One warning was issued.

The police have now been instructed to give citations to violators of the ordinance.

It was noted that complaints were received from the borough's work force supervisor, Joseph Kosalko, that during the last storm, plows were cleaning the streets and after they passed snow was tossed back onto it.

Council President Joseph Weber said he has no problem with people putting snow into the street when it is warm enough for the snow to melt.

It was noted, though, that the ordinance doesn't permit an exemption for putting snow in the street even on warmer days.

In other business:

• The council urged that people not put their Christmas trees out for trash pickup. Borough employees will pick up trees for recycling on Thursday (Jan. 13) and Monday (Jan. 17).

Weber said all tinsel and ornaments must be removed from the trees or they can't be recycled and won't be collected. The trees will be taken to the Carbon County Environmental Education Center and converted into mulch.

• The borough tabled action on five appointments. Among them is the Summit Hill Water Authority. Letters of interest were received from current member Chet Michalik and James Yusella.

Other appointments due are Coaldale Lansford Summit Hill Sewer Authority (letter of interest from Marc Collevechio), Appeals Board (letter of interest from Michael J. Kulick), Civil Service Commission (William Mansberry resigned; there is a letter of interest from Thomas Tkach), and Summit Hill Sewage Enforcement Officer (letter of interest from Carl A. Wolfe Jr.).

Councilman Michael Alabovitz suggested tabling the appointments until the applications can be reviewed.

Attorney Joseph Matika, the borough's solicitor, said vacancies exist on the respective boards until appointments occur.

• The council said at least two members are needed on the borough's Planning Commission. Anyone interested in serving should contact Borough Secretary Kira Michalik.

• The council agreed to adopt an ordinance allowing Tax Collector Alice Kane to charge a $15 fee for tax certifications.

• John O'Gurek, chairman of the Streets Committee, said a camera was placed by Lansford Borough in the sewer line on Amidon Street and it showed there is no blockage. Last month, Charles Ziegler said he has a sewage backup problem at his residence and testing indicated the problem might be at the street. "The sewer line is clear," O'Gurek said regarding the borough's sewer main. Residents are responsible for maintaining laterals from the main into the residency.

• The borough secretary was given permission to draw up a policy in which purchase orders will be utilized by all departments.

• O'Gurek offered special thanks to workers from Carbon County Prison who did some work in the borough. Kira Michalik said among the work they did was clean the borough buildings, including the borough office, police station, community center, and fire company. "They even cleaned out a refrigerator," she said.

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