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Summit Hill Council rehires its former secretary-treasurer

Published August 13. 2013 05:03PM

A familiar face is returning to work at the borough hall in Summit Hill.

Kira Michalik, who had been the borough secretary-treasurer for nearly a decade before resigning effective Sept. 2, 2011, last night was hired to again serve in that position.

The hiring came following an executive session of the council, during which it was announced that the present secretary-treasurer, Susan Gibiser, has been replaced.

Michalik presently serves as treasurer for Lehighton borough.

She had resigned in Summit Hill to take the Lehighton position.

Michalik, who is a lifelong resident of Summit Hill, will begin working in her hometown on Aug. 27.

Lehighton Borough Council meets on Aug. 26 during which time the filling of her position is expected to be discussed.

Throughout her work as Lehighton treasurer, she was constantly praised by Lehighton Borough Council for her work.

In other matters last night:

• The council tabled action on a Quality of Life ordinance until its September meeting. A vote on the ordinance was anticipated last night, but the delay came because not all council members had received final drafts of it.

• Bob Graver of Summit Hill said he had a complaint against the zoning officer, but said it was a matter the council had to discuss in executive session. He met with the borough's solicitor, attorney Michael Greek, who agreed that it is a matter for executive session and he will forward the complaint to the council.

• A resident complained about vehicles being parked on the streets for long periods of time. The resident said a 1994 ordinance limits the time limit for vehicles to be parked at 10 days before they must be moved. He said one car was parked on the street on Nov. 13, 2012 and not moved until Nov. 27, 2012.

He said he notified police who only issued a warning.

That same vehicle parked on the street on May 27 and still hasn't been moved. He said the owner of the vehicle has a handicapped parking sign in front of their residence which is 10 feet longer than the car.

Another resident said there are two cars parked on Iron Street for over a year, one with four flat tires and the other with no engine.

Council President Michael Kokinda instructed the police department to begin checking on vehicles parked on the street and not moved within a reasonable amount of time.

"It seems like we may have to go through town and find trouble spots," he said.

• The council appointed Joseph Fittos Jr., Joseph Sommers, and Jeff Szczecina to the Police Oral Examination Board. Fittos is the chief of police, Sommers is a retired state trooper, and Szczecina is presently a state trooper.

• Councilman John O'Gurek was given permission to purchase a snow plow for $5,000 provided he gets similar quotes to indicate this is a good price for such a device.

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