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Youngsters have a say in Summit Hill recreation

Published September 07. 2018 12:35PM

The Summit Hill Recreation Commission mostly serves the youth of the community, and now youngsters will have input on decisions the members make.

At a recent meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council, seven children were appointed to serve on a “Junior Recreation Committee.” Although they won’t have voting authority on the 11-member commission, they will be invited to participate in discussions.

Appointed for one-year terms are Taylor Crampsie, Paige Goida, Jonathan Kalfas, Brenna McAndrew, Carlin Crampsie, Marley Sabol and Sadie Frets.

Their terms will expire on Aug. 27, 2019.

The Recreation Commission meets the first Tuesday of every month. Jodi McAndrew serves a chairman.

In other business

• The council said Robert DeFuso will begin his duties as the new zoning officer this week. His hours will be announced.

DeFuso will be reimbursed $17 per hour. He will serve the borough as an independent contractor.

He will continue to do inspections on rental units, the council said.

• Council member Karen Ruzicka questioned why Holland Street had “patchwork” paving and not curb-to-curb. Borough Secretary-Treasurer Kira Steber said the work was done with leftover paving material from other projects and there wasn’t enough to do the full street. She said they had some material “and didn’t want to throw it away.”

• Work leader Ronald Yuricheck was granted permission to rent a flail mower to trim back Mountaintop Road at a cost of about $1,500 for two days. The mower will cut paths up to 5 to 6 feet wide. The borough’s mower cuts only 2 to 3 foot wide swaths, which wouldn’t be enough for cutting the brush on Mountaintop Road. Steber also said the equipment the borough presently has wouldn’t be safe to use on this project.

Funds to rent the flail mower will come from the borough’s Liquid Fuels allocation.

• The council agreed via a 6-1 vote to write a letter of support for a Local Share Account grant for Jim Thorpe Borough for a facilities upgrade project. The council said it doesn’t impact Summit Hill, but sometimes such grants are more accessible if support is shown from other municipalities. Council member Debra Ranck was opposed to the letter.

• The council unanimously approved a new handicapped parking ordinance. One of the primary changes in the new ordinance is that any applicant whose total gross income does not exceed $12,000 per year (or $24,000 for year for a couple) may apply for a hardship waiver. The hardship waiver will reduce the fees charged for a handicapped parking permit.

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