100-foot sight line.
In the meantime, Hashagen said police would begin driving along Nuangola Avenue more frequently.
Voted to allow councilwoman Michelle Zawoiski to spend up to $250 to buy a chip reader for borough use. When Rice police find stray animals, they take them to Zawoiski’s house instead of to the SPCA, and Zawoiski cares for the animals until she can find their owners. But she said having a chip reader would make it much easier for her to locate the owners. Until now, she has had to drive each animal to a vet’s office to use the vet’s chip reader.
“Michelle has saved us more than [the cost of a chip reader] in SPCA fees,” Hashagen said in support of council’s decision to allow her to buy the chip reader.
Announced a zoning variance hearing at 6 p. m. Oct. 18 regarding the construction of a garage/shed at 36 Vandermark Ave.
Heard a presentation from Laurie Nudo, branch manager of First Keystone National Bank, regarding the possibility of moving Nuangola’s bank accounts there. Nudo presented each council member with a packet outlining the bank’s services and noted that there would be no fees associated with the borough’s accounts because the borough is a nonprofit organization.
“I’ve seen PNC change over the years,” Tucker said. “There are fees for everything.” PNC currently holds Nuangola’s accounts.
Solicitor Jack Dean suggested that secretary Sabine Thomas prepare a document comparing First Keystone’s services with PNC’s. Council agreed to discuss a possible switch in February, after the calendar year has ended and January tax documents are completed. Discussed continuing to search
for a new truck for the borough. Vice President Michael Johnson is assessing the borough’s finances to determine how much the borough can afford as a down payment. Tucker is making phone calls for potential vehicles, and Gandzyk said he would plan to look at a five-ton truck with a plow and spreader that he knows is for sale.
Discussed trash-related issues. Gandzyk announced that borough recycling services will continue until all the leaves have fallen from the trees, and then recycling will close for the winter. Thomas asked Dean to draft a letter to the estimated 42 households that are delinquent in paying their trash bills. Thomas also announced that County Waste will provide a holiday trash pickup schedule for 2018 that can be sent out with the trash bills.
Heard a report from Johnson on his attendance at last month’s Luzerne County Blighted Property Review Committee meeting. Johnson said the committee’s purpose is to identify blighted properties and then turn them over to the county housing authority, which can seize the properties through eminent domain. Johnson’s concern, however, is that the county would then have to pay the property owner fair market value for the seized property. Johnson fears this wouldn’t encourage the property owners to fix up their properties at all.
“To me, that’s an enticement to let it go,” he said.
“It seems like a reward,” Gandzyk agreed.
Council took no action on future participation in the committee, but Tucker said he would be willing to accompany Johnson to any future meetings he decides to attend.