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Lansford Council

Published August 12. 2017 09:00AM

Lansford Mayor James Romankow urged residents to be aware of scammers going door-to-door. He said a person came to his house and said he was from PPL Electric, but couldn't provide a soliciting permit that the borough requires for identification.

Council president Martin Ditsky said telemarketers or possibly scammers are also making phone calls using numbers in Lansford's calling prefix, 645.

In other business this week:

• Borough resident Mary Soberick complained that she has been having difficulties obtaining written copies of the committee reports of Lansford Borough Council. Attorney Michael Greek, the borough solicitor, said the borough code doesn't require reports by committees to be written.

• Jay Gallagher of Leisenring Street questioned the enforcement of moving permits. The council agreed that residents moving into or from the borough are required to have them.

Gallagher said moving vans are "all over the place; any time of the day or night."

Romankow said he will inform the police to check all moving-type vans.

Council member Joseph Butrie suggested that anyone seeing people moving should call the police department.

• The council gave permission to Lansford Alive for its fifth annual Fall Vendor Craft Fair on Sept. 30.

• Approval was also given to the Sports Zoo for Zoostock 2017 on Sept. 4, pending proof of insurance. It also agreed to allow parking on basketball courts, with council President Martin Ditsky opposed.

• St. Luke's 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 16 was approved.

• Don Gildea of West Kline Avenue expressed concern that all the storm inlets won't be replaced on the Patterson Street repaving project.

He was assured by Ditsky that the repaving will begin this year and that all 15 inlets will be replaced.

Ditsky also said that the inlet replacement project, originally to be paid by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as part of the project, will now be the responsibility of the borough.

• Gildea complained about the amount of money the borough is spending for engineering services. He said in the first six months, engineering costs totaled $28,000.

Councilwoman Rose Mary Cannon said the engineering costs are necessary expenses on various projects.

• A woman complained to the council that she has been waiting five years for new crosswalks to be painted on Patterson Street from the mini mall to Turkey Hill Minit Mart. Butrie said the lines won't be painted because PennDOT does not recommend crosswalks in the middle of a block.

• Councilman John Turcmanovich said there has been an increase of dirt bikes and other recreational vehicles on the borough streets.

• Turcmanovich also said it has been noticed that residents are more frequently making major vehicle repairs on the borough streets, including engine and transmission repairs. He said a borough ordinance only permits minor vehicle repairs, such as tire changes, on the streets.

• Turcmanovich said the Lansford Historical Society has set up a display of a Lansford police officer killed in the line of duty in 1912. He said the police department provided information about that incident to the society. Turcmanovich said eventually a plaque might be installed for that officer.

• The council agreed to purchase a new copy machine for the police department. The digital copy machine will be obtained from Cyan Sky Office Technology of Schnecksville at a cost of $2,590, plus $90 per quarter for a maintenance contract which includes ink.

Turcmanovich said the present copier is 17 years old and "literally held together with a rubber band and paper clip."

• It was agreed to place a chain-link fence around a basketball court at a cost of $1,500.

• Councilman Jared Soto said planning is continuing for a skate park and basketball court. Construction probably won't begin until next spring.

• Soto also encouraged the borough to adopt a highway project for Route 902, the Lansford-Summit Hill hill.

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