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Fees for handicapped parking spaces may end in Nesquehoning

Published July 25. 2013 05:02PM

Complaints were voiced to the Nesquehoning Borough Council last night concerning handicap parking spots that are being misused. Residents are required to apply and pay for a handicap parking spot, but federally, anyone is allowed to use the spot he/or she receives for as long as that person wants to.

President Frank Jacobs said the borough used to have numbers and tags assigned to cars to denote that the resident had paid for the spot but the council was forced to cease this enforcement after they were told it was against federal law.

It was suggested that the council does away with the fees associated with handicap parking spots in the borough to make the situation fairer to those who have been paying. Councilman Robert Marouchoc agreed with this suggestion and the council said they will be looking into the situation further.

In other business:

• The council voted to switch the borough's phone service from Sprint to Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless would cost the borough an additional $30 dollars a month but the council said the service coverage is significantly better with Verizon when compared to Sprint.

Police officers and various borough workers were given Verizon phones to test for a trial period and reported back to the council that they were happier with the new phones.

The council noted that all contacts would remain the same. All were in favor of the motion.

• Council member Mary Fox said there was a request for a streetlight at the railroad tracks on Tippetts road. A resident living near the area reported that teenagers have been congregating late at night in the environment park and he thought a streetlight would deter this activity.

President Jacobs said the council was told by PPL to choose a streetlight the council would like to take power from and switch it over to the new light.

• President Jacobs said the council should consider getting rid of police car No. 91. Jacobs said the vehicle is 8-years-old and he believes the council is spending too much money on repairs for a car that is not getting used often.

• Jacobs also announced that the borough will no longer be collecting televisions as the borough now has to pay 10 dollars a television for disposal. Jacobs said the borough will resume collecting televisions if they find a service which would collect the units for no additional costs.

• Mayor Tony Walck thanked fire police for helping with the triathlon that came through Nesquehoning and announced that there will be a crime watch meeting on August 15 at 7 p.m. in the borough building.

• Solicitor Robert Yurchak announced that Lake Hauto club has no opposition to the borough naming the PPL substation off Route 54: 200 N. Substation Road.

• A bid for $71,550 was awarded to Penn Earthworks Inc. for sanitary sewer project on Park Avenue.

• The council hired Richard Matsicka as a part-time picker on the garbage truck.

• The council also appointed Attorney James Nanovic for contract negotiations at $125 an hour.

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