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Borough gives PV District OK to pave football stadium lot

Published December 24. 2012 05:06PM

Lansford council on a split vote Wednesday gave Panther Valley School District the go-ahead to pave a lot at the football stadium on West Bertsch Street.

Council had previously voted to not allow the school district to pave the lot to the street, instead requiring it to build a sidewalk.

However, school district solicitor Robert T. Yurchak on Nov. 21 wrote to council, asking it to reconsider.

Councilman Tommy Vadyak moved to again deny the request. His motion was supported by council member Andrew Snyder. However, council members Danielle Smith, Samantha Yasson and President Rose Mary Cannon voted against denying the request.

Councilman Lenny Kovatch and Councilwoman Mary Soberick were absent.

Council had previously discussed the matter in September, and denied the district's request. Council wanted the district to either build the sidewalk, or seek a waiver through the Zoning Hearing Board.

The district demolished a dilapidated industrial building on the site in July 2011, then paved over the lot to be used for parking at football games. The work also removed the sidewalk.

Vadyak had argued that pedestrians used the walk to get the a grocery store, a drugstore, and the public swimming pool, and so a sidewalk was needed.

At that September meeting, Vadyak, along with Soberick, Smith, Kovatch and Cannon, had voted against the district's request.

In other matters Wednesday, council:

*Thanked the American Legion Post 123 for its $500 donation and the Sons of the American Legion for its $200 donation. Both donations are for the police department;

*Heard from a West Abbott Street resident who complained that her neighbors were harassing her. Council advised her to continue to report the problems to the police.

*Heard from a Ridge Street woman who said her neighbor's blocked sewer pipe is causing sewage to seep into her basement, sickening her family. She said she has spent $10,000 to alleviate the problem, which has been going on for three months. Solicitor Michael Greek said the matter is not the borough's responsibility, and that the woman should seek relief through civil action.

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