Step taken to move borough offices
Lansford council on Wednesday took another step forward in its plans to move the borough offices from above the fire station on East Patterson Street to the community center on Ridge Street.
Those members attending the public meeting agreed to have the borough engineer inspect the community center to determine what changes would need to be made to the electrical system to accommodate office equipment, and how a wheelchair access should be designed.
Council Vice-President Mary Kruczek, Rose Mary Cannon, Lenny Kovach, Tommy Vadyak (who proposed the action) and Andrew Snyder all voted in favor of the action.
Council members Danielle Smith and President Adam Webber were absent.
Council on Sept. 14 voted 4-2, with Snyder absent, to make the move from borough hall, above American Fire Co. at 23 East Patterson, because of an ongoing mold problem. Also, the roof needs to be repaired. At that same meeting, council hired a Palmerton company to do that work.
The state of Lansford's public buildings was also discussed, with Cannon expressing frustration that Webber has not moved on obtaining bids to fix various roofs, including the community center roof, which is leaking. Vadyak and others were also angry that the job of replacing the furnace in the borough hall was awarded in May, but the system has yet to be fired up because the company is still working on it.
Kovach said he believes the borough should buy the former Dime Bank building, a few doors away on Ridge Street, and move all the borough offices into it.
In other matters, council agreed to remove the white no-parking lines in the area of 294 E. Snyder Ave. The lines are no longer needed and are taking up parking spaces.
Council also agreed to began to form a committee, suggested by Lansford Alive!, to follow and document code enforcement cases so that the owners of neglected properties can be prosecuted if they fail to bring the buildings up to code.