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Curbing issues anger residents

Published May 26. 2011 05:00PM

Numerous Nesquehoning residents attended the monthly meeting of Nesquehoning Borough Counci to air their concerns over putting in curbing on their property.

George Brennan of West Catawissa Street, told council that he had macadam installed on his driveway and wasn't going to pay to have it redone after the curbing is put in. He told council, "I pay taxes on my property and you can't tell me to put curbing in."

Dan Lain of Mill Street said," How can you force this on a homeowner? People can't afford it."

Resident Tom Merman chimmed in that there is a payment plan and people don't need all of the money right away. Borough secretary RoniSue Ahner said she has advised residents about the plan which is interest free.

A resident of West Railroad Street told council about her neighbor who received an approved parking spot in front of her home and now she parks three cars there and blocks people walking on the street. The agreement was for her to parallel park and the space isn't large enough for a parking lot but she parks the vehicles facing the house and they overlap the sidewalk.

She said it's a dangerous situation. Council will look at the area in question.

Louis Paul, borough superintendent, reported that all streets have been swept and he thanks the residents for their cooperation. He also suggested painting lines for the bus parking in front of the old high school apartments so that there is no more double parking of buses on the busy street. Paul told council that it's very dangerous at the top of each avenue in Hauto Valley Estates. There are blind spots when trying to pull onto SR 54.

The time frame has expired for Municipal Energy Management's contract and the borough of Nesquehoning will rescind the contract. MEM has not kept their share of the agreement with the borough which has also happened with other area boroughs.

The next Crime Watch meeting is set for Wednesday, June 8 at 6 p.m. in the borough building.

Officer Carl Breiner will be recertified on firearms so that he can instruct the rest of the officers. The cost to attend the class is $195 for the borough.

A resident has spoken out on her concern for children playing at the tunnel/creek on West Railroad Street. Mine water runs through there and it was suggested that the police be contacted when this happens. Solicitor Robert Yurchak will check to see who owns the property and send a letter to the owners.

Council woman Mary Fox said it has been reported to her that there is a rat problem at 127 West Catawissa St. and surrounding homes. Several people said they trapped the rats in their homes.

Part time Sanitation employee Matthew Miller was hired as a full time employee and will receive all the benefits that goes with it.

Johnson Park on West Railroad Street has been the scene of a lot of problems namely older kids and bicycles which are not allowed. Police will patrol the area more to curtail the problems.

The council accepted the Nesquehoning Recreation Commission's by-laws.

Street lights will be installed at the New Columbus Park and one at Johnson Park.

Absent from the meeting was Frank DiMiceli and Michael Sniscak.

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