Nesquehoning hires borough workers
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Marouchoc, Nesquehoning councilman (second from left) presents a plaque of honor to Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 members for their unending training when they secured their new aerial truck. From the left are Shawn McArdle, Lt.; Marouchoc; John McArdle, fire chief; and Matt Miller, assistant chief and vice president of the fire company.
Two employees of the Nesquehoning Borough have been hired in other capacities. Matt Miller will work on the borough's street department as a truck driver, He previously worked as the sanitation department's picker. Leonard Michlovsky, who worked as a part time sanitation picker, was moved to full time employee.
With that hiring comes the retirement of Michael Kravelk as the sanitation department's truck driver. He will officially end his duties on Thursday, April 28.
It was announced that the borough's street sweeper is getting repaired and is not back for Easter street cleaning. The Conservation Club asked to be granted the pond in Hauto. This would be used for children's programs. The council gave permission changing it from Industrial to Conservation.
The Lake Hauto gates will be locked and only those with a pass will be allowed in. This brought discussion from the floor as to what would happen to emergency personnel who need to get in due to an emergency call.
The railroad street crossings will be repaired and work will be done on the Allen Street crossing in May while the Mermon Street crossing will be repaired in August. Coucil woman Mary Fox voiced her concern that the work be finished before school begins or there will be a mess in front of the Panther Valley Elementary School. She was assured that it would be.
John McArdle told council that there are a lot of trees laying acorss the Nesquehoning Creek from Elk Lighting to Maple Shade and they need to be removed before flooding is caused onto the river banks.
He also told council to extend the burn ban in Nesquehoning at least until June. Council will send a letter of thank you to the Carbon County Commissioners for the new emergency radios that would have cost $920,000 but they got a $907,000 grant.
McArdle also reported that forest fire personnel such as air tankers, spotter plane, etc. costs $140 per minute. If anyone causes a fire and this equipment is needed the person starting the fire in a wooded area will be fined the cost.
Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 will hold a fire truck parade for their new aerial truck on June 22. They requested the use of East Center Street to form and hold the parade. Permission was granted.
The next Crime Watch meeting will be held on April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Borough Building with Dave Midas of the county sheriff's department speaking.
The borough will write a resolution to the Panther Valley Middle School for the honor of being first place winners in their Recycling Program. A program will be held on April 18 with numerous local and state representatives attending.
Homeland Security of the Northeast PA Regional Counter Task Force will be holding a free program for Carbon County residents who register. Each time there is an emergency affecting your area, you will receive a phone call, text, or message on your computer stating the situation. It will be called Ready Notify Carbon. You must let the program know how you would like to be notified. Alerts are free. A place to be announced will enable residents to give their phone number or email address for this purpose. There would be a charge for text messaging. If a strong storm is passing through you will be notified. Any threat of terrorism would be a reason to be notified. Watch for a place to sign up for this.
Councilman Mark Stromelo said that by the next council meeting there should be an announcement about a new recylcling program in Nesquehoning. He is checking into various recycling companies now.
There are member openings on the Nesquehoning Recreation Commission as well as the Planning Commission. Anyone interested should notify the borough office.
Council will advertise the Sparich property on East Columbus Avenue for sale. It was excavated and needs to be sold by the borough.