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Private plows cannot clean Summit Hill streets

Published February 05. 2014 05:00PM

Summit Hill Borough Council met in special session Tuesday night to discuss several issues related to winter road maintenance.

They include:

The winter ordinance is being amended to say private firms will not be permitted to plow borough streets and residents will not be permitted to toss snow into the street.

The Water Authority indicated it no longer wants to help the borough plow the streets.

The police department said it has been enforcing winter parking rules and will continue to ticket violators. Repeat violators can be hit with graduated fines.

Council Vice President Jesse Walck, who conducted the meeting, said the amendments were the main purpose of the meeting.

He said the amendments were needed because of safety concerns. Private individuals plowing snow risk interfering with plowing that the municipality does.

The amendments passed by a 4-1 vote with Councilman John O'Gurek opposed. In favor were Walck, Mike Alabovitz, Bill Chapman, and Gregory Kosciolek. Councilmen Michael Kokinda and Billy O'Gurek were absent.

Some council members were not happy with the letter received by the Water Authority regarding wanting to discontinue helping the borough plow streets.

The Water Authority referred to an agreement that was signed with the borough on Jan. 1, 2009. Council said the agreement was automatically renewed annually unless both parties agree to terminate it.

A problem council said, is that presently the borough has only one large truck to do the plowing. A second truck, a smaller vehicle, is in a garage for repairs that could take several days. The larger truck won't fit on some of the narrower streets.

Apparently the Water Authority hasn't assisted borough workers during the past couple of storms. Walck said the Water Authority was expected to help until at least Feb. 28. He hopes the situation will be resolved by then.

Some individuals had complaints about plowing, specifically on Iron Street. The council said it will look into the complaints and the fact that a smaller plow truck wasn't available might be part of the problem.

One woman also said three of her cars received tickets, while other vehicles that didn't move for plowing, didn't get ticketed. Chief of Police Joseph Fittos will look into the matter.

One man, who stood up for the borough workers said, "They did an excellent job" plowing.

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