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Parks Frustration In Great Bend Borough
Confessed Killer Jailed
Signs An Issue In Susky Boro

Courthouse Report
Starrucca Borough Council Minutes
County Moves To Next Phase Of Readdressing

Parks Frustration In Great Bend Borough

Borough Council covered a lot of ground at its meeting on June 1, once the table had filled up with stragglers on a wet evening. Among a wide variety of topics, the long-running frustration with the parks received most of the attention, particularly Memorial Park.

Vandalism is, and always has been, a problem in the little park on Franklin Street. More recently some have come to see it as a gathering place for youth who are "up to no good," in the words of Council member Ron Cranage. Council recognized Ralph Reynolds, who identified himself as a representative of a "fellowship" that hopes to establish a "latch-key" program for children in the town, a safe and supervised place for them to gather for after-school activities until their parents can come to collect them.

Mr. Reynolds said that the situation in Memorial Park is so bad that local children are afraid to go there. Mr. Cranage (and others) have complained of unruly youth – as well as adults – using foul language and intimidating youngsters, making for an inhospitable environment in a park that is meant as a pleasant recreation area in the middle of town.

Mr. Reynolds asked Council for its support in his effort to create a program for local children (that he characterized as "a big baby-sitting service"), and perhaps some help finding a building – and maybe some money – to get it going. As frustrated as Council is with the situation in the parks, no one could identify a ready solution, and members did not seem inclined to go out of their way yet to back this new, private initiative.

Maybe the new "Nuisance Ordinance" will help. With very little discussion, Council decided to advertise the future promulgation of a broad new measure that will outlaw all kinds of things people do that make a town messy. The new ordinance would supersede older legislation and defines "nuisance" to mean just about anything that is unsightly or commonly offensive, including – but not limited to – trash, junk and garbage. It would also impose stiffer penalties than existing ordinances.

The new ordinance is adapted from one recently adopted by Great Bend Township, where Council's Secretary, Sheila Guinan, a township Supervisor herself, introduced the measure from a template provided by a statewide municipal organization. And, while it's hard to see from the language in the document how it might be enforced, it will certainly give more weight to the efforts of Council's Codes Enforcement member, Jeff Burkett.

Mr. Burkett reported that one resident, who was taken to the District Justice for failing to clean up his property as requested, was directed to, and did pay, nearly $75 in fines and fees. Other similar cases are still pending.

If some of those nuisance properties catch fire, there may not be enough water to save them. Dave Derrick, representing the Great Bend Hose Company, reported on a walk-about with representatives of the water company to inspect hydrants in the village. Mr. Derrick listed at least 5 hydrants along Main Street that would probably be unusable in event of a fire; others in the borough are in varying states of (dis)repair.

The cause of low pressure at the fire hydrants may be poorly-maintained water mains, particularly along Main Street. Mr. Derrick suggested that one possible remedy would be to extend or improve the mains on some side streets that could then feed hydrants in the business section where the problem seems worst. He recommended that Council send a letter to the water company requesting information about their intentions with regard to maintenance of the water system in Great Bend. The Borough pays the water company for the hydrants and the water supplied to them, and certainly has a right to expect proper maintenance.

It may be difficult to find out where to send such a letter, however. Pennsylvania-American Water Company is a subsidiary of a larger conglomerate of local water suppliers called American Water, which, in turn, is owned by RWE Group, a firm based in Germany. Mr. Derrick said that the people he worked with are personable and interested, but without the authority to decide on such things.

Mr. Derrick also inspected the new Corner Store on Main Street at the request of the new owner. Since the inspection he has noted that the store has been stocked with fireworks for sale. The kind of fireworks at the store currently do not require a license for sale. But Mr. Derrick recommended that the Borough enact an ordinance requiring vendors of any kind of fireworks to be licensed by the state Department of Agriculture, which, under a new law, gives local municipalities the power to require such permits.

Ms. Guinan reminded Council members of some of the provisions of the law on fireworks in Pennsylvania. Council members are empowered to sign permits for exhibiting fireworks in the Borough, but Ms. Guinan told them that the law requires exhibitors to post a $500 bond and to have the site where the fireworks will be used inspected by the local fire department. She said that, as a Great Bend Township Supervisor, she has declined to sign any such permits.

The local fire company is perhaps the most cohesive single organization in the town, and Mayor Jim Riecke recognized their contribution once again by thanking them for helping to put up the flags along Main Street for Memorial Day. The flags will remain through the summer, and the Fire Company will be asked to help take them down come Labor Day. Mr. Riecke also made a point of thanking everyone who participated to make the Memorial Day festivities a success, including the VFW, American Legion, and the school band.

A property owner on Franklin Street was recently asked to replace a segment of new curbing that he removed. The resident appeared at the meeting to describe the situation with water at that location, and asked if there was a way to leave the break in the curb at his driveway. After considering the details, Council decided to allow the break as long as the resident agreed to sign a letter absolving the Borough of liability in case of water damage resulting from the missing curb segment.

Ms. Guinan reported the receipt of final maps showing street name assignments for the 911 readdressing program being run out of the county. She said the only change would probably be the designation of the two discontiguous sections of Grant Street as North Grant Street and South Grant Street.

Ms. Guinan also asked permission to transfer the Borough's bank accounts to Pennstar to take advantage of a new offer that will return 4.8% interest on deposits in a combined money-market/checking account known as a "municipal" account. Council asked Ms. Guinan to first sound out Peoples National Bank to see if they would be able to match the offer. As a locally-owned institution, Peoples has a long-standing relationship with the Borough, and, while Council wants to get the best deal, it wants to deal locally if possible.

Frustration with the parks will be laid aside temporarily in August when Memorial Park is rededicated as Lee Wiegand Memorial Park, in honor of a local member of the National Guard who was killed in Iraq last September. Some on Council are concerned that vandals will deface the sign and plaque that are to be installed in his memory.

If anyone else has an idea what can be done to make the parks safer and more pleasant, don't hesitate to bring them to a Council meeting. The next one will begin at 7:00 p.m. on July 6 at the Borough Building at Franklin and Elizabeth Streets – directly across from the park.

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Confessed Killer Jailed

“What did you want me to do? I couldn't stop!”

Comments alleged to have been uttered by 29-year-old Kenneth C. Bucksbee III of South Montrose, shortly after his car plowed into another vehicle and killed the woman who was driving it.

Bucksbee pleaded guilty to third degree murder and will serve eight to 16 years in a state correctional facility. Susquehanna County President Judge Kenneth W. Seamans also fined him $2,000.

The accident took place on February 25, 2005 on Route 706 in Jessup Township. Witnesses at the crash scene told state police that Bucksbee was traveling west in a Pontiac Firebird at a high rate of speed and was passing another motor vehicle on a curve when the car crossed the double yellow line and entered the eastbound lane where it struck a car driven by 45-year-old Julie B. Capwell of Jessup Township.

The driver of the vehicle that Bucksbee was passing on a curve told state police that she came upon the accident and shouted to Bucksbee that he almost killed her and her family. She then checked and found the woman in the car that was hit by Bucksbee was not breathing. She said she told Bucksbee that he had killed her and he responded, “What did you want me to do? I couldn't stop!”

Another witness at the crash scene told state police that Bucksbee kept repeating that he was sorry and that he was in a hurry.

James A. Phelps, an emergency medical technician, said he examined the injured woman and determined she was dead. He then approached Bucksbee and asked him if he was driving the Pontiac Firebird. He said Bucksbee responded, “I was, but take care of the lady in the car; it’s my fault for going too fast.”

In another case, Keith J. Canfield 35, of South Gibson, will spend three to six years in a state correctional facility for burglary in Harford Township on January 13, 2005. State police charged Canfield with breaking into a private home in Harford and stealing two class rings and a wedding band.

Canfield was also fined $1,500 and will be on probation for 12 years. And he was sentenced to an additional 60 months in a state correctional facility to run concurrent with his initial jail sentence and fined $500 on a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

Other sentences handed down by Judge Seamans included:

Timothy Martin Kelly, 19, Friendsville, 48 hours to six months in the county jail and $500 fine for drunk driving in Rush Township; one month to 23 1/2 months in the county jail, $500 fine, and pay $21,327 restitution for recklessly endangering another person in Rush Township; and, 12 months probation, and $1,000 fine for selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors also in Rush Township. All offenses occurred on July 23, 2005.

Richard J. Frisbie, 48, Susquehanna, one month to six months in the county jail, $300 fine for driving under the influence in Susquehanna Borough on June 13, 2005. He also received six months probation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nicholaus J. Baker, 24, Susquehanna, 15 months probation, $500 fine, 25 hours of community service for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in Susquehanna Borough on December 11, 2005.

William Paul Fisher, 41, Hallstead, 90 days to 15 months in county jail, two years probation, $1,500 fine for driving under the influence in Hallstead on October 5, 2005.

Rodney Scott Towner, 29, Hallstead, 90 days to 15 months in county jail, $300 fine, for driving under the influence in Susquehanna Borough on July 18, 2005.

Adam Justin Delouisa, 28, Hallstead, 12 months probation, $350 fine, for possession of drug paraphernalia in Hallstead on October 2, 2005. Also, six months probation, $300 fine, for driving under the influence on October 2, 2005.

Carl Martin Kelder, 55, Sante Fe, MO, one year probation, $200 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia in Springville Twp. on August 18, 2004. One year probation, $200 fine for possession of a controlled substance in Springville Twp. on August 18, 2004.

Deborah Lee Corgan, 40, Hallstead, 18 months probation, $250 fine, 50 hours of community service, for theft by unlawful taking in Great Bend Township on November 10, 2005.

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Signs An Issue In Susky Boro

Susquehanna Boro Council met for a rescheduled meeting (from May 23) on May 30; all council members were present with the exception of Mike Matis.

Mr. Whitehead requested that the agenda be amended to discuss reiteration of the boro’s sign ordinance; a motion carried to approve. Mr. Whitehead made the request due to several inquiries/complaints that council has received, and an editorial in last week’s issue of the County Transcript. The letter was in regard to a banner being taken down by the boro police, from the light poles in front of the post office.

Mr. Bronchella said that he did not like the letter, and questioned whether it was the job of the boro police to take signs down. Mr. Kelly responded that there has been an ongoing effort to get the boro cleaned up, especially as the Memorial Day holiday had been approaching. Mayor Reddon noted that there seems to be new signs being put up daily around town.

Mr. Whitehead said that the boro does have an ordinance, which was put in place to address those who go around putting up signs and neglect to take them down. In just the past month, several were put up in front of the Post Office, but only one was authorized by council. “It is sad that permission is needed,” he said, “but what is good for the goose is good for the gander. The bottom line is, if one needs permission, all need permission. If they had asked, we would know who put it up, and who should take it down.” Mr. Kelly agreed; he said that obtaining permission would not require attending a meeting; the boro office or any council person could be contacted. “It is just so we know who to contact if they don’t take the sign down.” Mr. Whitehead added that the boro police do enforce the ordinance, which has involved taking down unauthorized signs.

Mr. Lewis said that the only signs permitted by the ordinance are real estate signs, which do not have a time limit for how long they are up. He also had concerns about political signs being placed on boro property without permission. He said that (private) property owners get escrow for putting signs in their yards, but the boro does not get it when signs are put up on boro property. He feels the whole issue needs to be looked at, and the ordinance revamped.

Mr. Kelly said that the whole issue came originally came up because of the number of signs that were put up around town, on public property. Mr. Whitehead reiterated that there is an ordinance regulating signs, and those who post them without authorization should be aware that they might be taken down.

In other business, the street sweeper needed repairs, which had been attended to.

Mr. Williams reported that drain work had begun on West Main St., where a clog was causing runoff problems on Front St. The drain, he said, had been clogged with stone and, of all things, a basketball.

The Agility agreement with PENNDOT is still in limbo. Although the final paperwork was still pending, Mr. Williams said that paving of four streets would cost in the neighborhood of $45,000. With the boro contributing $11,000 worth of street sweeping, he did not feel that it was prudent to commit to five years of services for just one project.

During discussion it was noted that there are some areas in immediate need of patching; a motion carried to approve purchase of one truckload of material to take care of them.

Since it is unlikely that paving will be done by PENNDOT/Agility and there is money in the budget for it, it was agreed to proceed with putting out bids for paving of Front St. and Fourth Ave., to be accepted until June 13. A motion carried to approve.

Mr. Williams noted that there has been a continuing problem with people sweeping grass clippings and other material into the street, which has been clogging storm basins.

Mayor Reddon relayed a request from a resident to use more salt and less cinders on the hills in winter. Mr. Williams responded that salt is quite expensive, much more so than cinders. And, Mr. Kelly pointed out that salt is very corrosive.

The mayor also relayed a request from Barnes-Kasson Hospital, to sweep their parking lot. As the hospital has always been cooperative with the boro and has even loaned equipment when needed, all agreed that this request should be honored. A motion carried to approve.

Mr. Bronchella asked why the boro doesn’t get rid of the old sweeper. Mr. Kelly said that although the truck itself is in good shape, the sweeper is no good. It had been put out to bid twice, with no offers.

During public comment, resident Margaret Biegert asked if, in keeping with the effort to revitalize neighborhoods, the CEO could do some drive-through inspections and issue warnings where warranted. “It is always the same houses where you see garbage on the same porches,” she said. Mr. Kelly said that had been discussed with the CEO, and time will be set aside for some drive-through inspections.

John Brooking, of B & B Enterprises (Laurel Hill Apartments) told council that there has been a continuing problem with motorists using the building’s parking lot as a shortcut, presumably to avoid the stop signs at the intersection of Grand St. and Broad Ave. There has been some damage to the property, with torn up pavement and fencing removed. And, unfortunately, the majority of incidents occur when there is no police officer on duty. Mayor Reddon suggested that he take license numbers whenever possible, or even take pictures of offenders. Mr. Kelly suggested that the police department be contacted to find out what signs need to be posted to ensure that violators can be prosecuted. And, Mayor Reddon said that the police schedule would be adjusted to have an officer on duty during daytime hours at least once a week; an officer would patrol the area.

The mayor was pleased to announce that the police department received a commendation from the Child Safe program, through which police departments offer firearms awareness information and hand out gun locks.

The Stinky Boys were thanked for an outstanding job, organizing a garbage pickup effort on May 21, which, Mayor Reddon said, is much appreciated. Over 100 bags of litter were picked up.

The county United Way will once again host a Punt Pass & Kick contest with Chris Snee on July 3 at the Montrose High School. It is open to kids ages 7 – 14.

The police department has a new officer, Dominic Andidora, who, the mayor said, is very professional and brings 13 years’ experience with him.

A problem with the light bar for the new police car has been solved; the car was expected to be ready within a few days.

Copies of the renters ordinance were made available to council; President Kelly asked that they all review it and bring any suggestions for changes to the June 13 meeting.

And, a motion carried to adopt Resolution 053006, which is an authorization to proceed with a DCNR grant application for funding to put in a boat launch at the boro’s riverfront property. The application is for the first phase of the project, in the amount of $71,600.

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Courthouse Report
Compiled by P. Jay Amadio


Donald R. Bennett, Beverly J. Bennett to Donald R. Bennett, Herrick Center, Beverly J. Bennett, in Herrick Township for one dollar.

Mary Deidre Donovan, Thomas Schroeder to Frances Q. Donovan, RR3, Montrose, in Bridgewater and Franklin townships for one dollar.

Walter Dimek, Carolyn Dimek to Barbara Dimek, RR5, Montrose, in Bridgewater Township for one dollar.

Lisa Blachek (nka) Lisa M. Yachymiak to Lisa M. Yachymiak, RR6, Montrose, Jack L. Bishop, Sr., in Brooklyn Township for one dollar.

Robert Benton, Ellen Benton to Thomas Wilkinson, Warrington, Graham Wilkinson, in Bridgewater Township for $33,000.

Charlotte Plaisted, James Plaisted to Charles Seifert, Glen Rock, NJ, Priscilla Seifert, in Jessup Township for one dollar (Corrective Deed).

Manzek Land Co., Inc. to Frederick C. Giffin, Leyraysville, Bonnie R. Giffin, in Auburn Township for $139,000.

Alfred Maass, Eleanor Maass to Scarlet Oak Acquisition LLP, Lewisburg, in New Milford Township for $720,000.

David E. Meade, Linda K. Meade, Sandra M. Decker, Gary F. Decker to Joseph F. Arnold, Doylestown, Jennifer L. Arnold, in Herrick Township for $113,000.

Brian V. Paciotti, Danielle Paciotti, to James T. Cook, Carbondale, Joan Balinas, in Lenox Township for $145,000.

Frank K. Bury, Jr., Barbara J. Bury to Kevin Bowers, Philadelphia, Lisa Bowers, in Auburn Township for $290,000.

Rush Township to David A. Newhart, RR2, Montrose, in Rush Township for $42,000.

James I. Christian, Laurey Christian to Stephen Sobiech, Montrose, Renee Sobiech, in Montrose for $260,000.

James Wostbrock, Teresa Wostbrock to Karen Vandegriek, Montrose, in Montrose for $165,000.

Sofia Kieler Paul (estate) to Sofia Kieler Paul (estate) Hatboro, in Gibson Township for $10.

Edna M. Takacs to Edna M. Takacs, RR1, New Milford, in New Milford Township for one dollar.

Louise M. Allen to Clifton E. Allen, Jr., RR1, New Milford, Louise M. Allen, in Gibson Township for one dollar.

Joan Handy (aka) Joan A. Handy to Robert Terchek, Sr., Scotch Plains, NJ, in Jackson Township for one dollar.

Laurel Lake Aquatic Assoc. Inc. to Laurel Lake Assoc. Inc., RR1, Brackney, in Silver Lake Township for $10.

Catherine Shipski (estate) aka Catherine Conick (estate) aka Catherine Shipsky (estate) to Joseph W. Shipsky, RR1, Forest City, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Maple Highlands LLC to Lakeland Capital LLC, Carbondale, Waterfront Capital LLC, in Herrick Township for $245,000.

Evelyn Biddle, Joseph Biddle, Ruth Barber, Lawrence Barber to Ferrel Investments Inc., RR2, Union Dale, in Lenox Township for $370,000.

Louis Joseph Zefran, Jr., Patricia Ann Zefran to Ronald A. Franks, Forest City, in Forest City for $100,000.


Stephen A. Garnett, New Milford and Nichole Ashley Cranage, Harford.

John N. Butts, Susquehanna and Carrie Ann Towner, Susquehanna.

Ryan J. Kipar, Montrose and Megan Elizabeth Larue, Montrose.


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Starrucca Borough Council Minutes

Following are the April 5, 2006 Starrucca Borough Council minutes, as submitted.

The Starrucca Borough Council met for their regular, monthly meeting on April 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough building in Starrucca. All members (President Rhone, Mr. Gurske, Mr. F. Rhone, Mr. Buck, Mr. Haynes, Mrs. Haynes, Mr. Palonis, and Mayor Bennett) were present.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and Mr. Gurske asked for the following corrections: The reason he was opposed to the February 10, 2006 minutes was because the bridge, he believes is a “county bridge.” He asked that Ms. Everett be changed to Mrs., and the correct spelling of her first name is Loreda. And, that Kirk Rhone presented the deed in 2005. He also added that the council should not be referred to as a board, “They’re either a council or a borough, not a board.” Motion to approve carried.

The minutes of the special meeting held on March 13 were read, and Mr. Haynes had the following correction. “John Bohannan, when speaking of the debris removed, pointed out some behind ‘Sterling Bedford’s’ old place.” Motion carried to approve.

The treasurer’s report was read; motion carried to approve.

The bills were presented for payment, motion carried to approve.

Correspondence: The Wayne County Election Bureau needs persons to serve on the Election Board of the borough, for the upcoming election.

A notice of upcoming Emergency Management meeting – Mayor Bennett suggested the notice be forwarded to Paul D’Agati (EMC).

An ESCP multi-municipal plan from Union Dale Borough.

A notice of the annual Liquid Fuels Allocation from PENNDOT.

A response from Pat Schneyer concerning an account with Social Security Administration.

Correspondence copies from Attorney Howell (turned over to Mayor Bennett).

The annual audit report and letter were read. President Rhone will “go over” same with the auditors.

A DGK Insurance review.

A copy of a letter from PENNDOT to Mr. Ken Rauch.

A letter from DEP addressed to Mayor Bennett, citing a violation, asking for an explanation of the status of the debris removed from Shadigee Creek. Mr. Palonis suggested a letter along with copies of the easements the borough is requesting and the minutes from the last two meetings to go to DEP.

In Public Participation – Pat Schneyer asked why her letter was not read in its entirety. President Rhone responded the “question was answered.” Her letter was then read.

Mr. Robert Weldy asked of the status of the PENNDOT finding of $10,000. President Rhone stated that was just addressed earlier (with the bills).

President Rhone was asked why persons, not Council members, were invited into an Executive Session. He responded that the board can ask persons on committees, etc., into an Executive Session.

Mr. Paul Everett, former FEMA agent brought to the board’s attention what he referred to as “misinformation” in December of 2005. The tax map, he said, indicated that the property involving the Shadigee Creek, belonged to Bishop Tillman. That was “incorrect,” he has uncovered information that show the true owners to be Lou and Marie Gurske and he presented paperwork to show the same. He also asked if the Borough received $413.00, representing a “closeout” of a former project.

Mr. Ken Rauch was present and wanted to make the council aware of the time schedule with the Shadigee Creek Wall Project. He stated that the last day in September is the last day you could be in the creek, because it is a trout stream. He is concerned that the DEP could take two to three months to approve the permit. President Rhone told him the board is in the process of obtaining signed easements, and the next step is the GP11 permit. Mr. Gurske stated that if the borough is still insisting the landowners take over ownership of the wall, the easements will never be signed. President Rhone clarified these are the temporary easements to remove the debris only. Mr. Weldy expressed concern that the borough doesn’t have the guidance of an attorney. Mr. Downton asked how the easements were handled the last time the wall was worked on. President Rhone responded he did not know. Mrs. Everett stated that Evan Jenkins FEMA told her they do not give money to individuals. President Rhone said the money came to the borough, so the borough acts as an agent.

Mr. Downton stated, “It looks like the borough doesn’t want to do it, and if they keep messing around, they’re ‘gonna’ lose the money, and get sued.” He also told the board, during the recent brush cutting, trees and limbs were left on his fences and if it is not removed he will do it and submit a bill to the borough. Mr. Fred Rhone promised to rectify the situation “right after Easter.”

A motion to purchase 300 feet of 18” sluice pipe through Harmony Township carried. Mr. Gurske voted no, stating, “We have to check our budget to see if we can afford it.” President Rhone stated leftover 2005 FEMA money will be used.

Mayor Bennett needs “Hall Rental Agreements” – he will be provided with same.

A letter from Attorney Zimmer representing Ms. Renee Warden was read. He suggests an alternate easement concerning the wall project. A motion to re-send the original easements back to both landowners carried. Mr. Gurske was opposed, as he stated, “It is not a proper easement.” Mayor Bennett suggested contacting Attorney Zimmer to arrange one that can be agreed on.

There was a lengthy discussion of “ownership,” now and after the project.

Two proposals for lawn maintenance were presented. The first from Daniel Boughton for $1500/year. the second from Flynn’s Landscaping for $150/cutting. Mayor Bennett stated that Mr. Boughton has done a good job in the past. Motion to award the job to Mr.  Boughton for the price quoted carried.

A letter will be sent to those having signs at the ballfield (except Porosky Lumber) and new companies will be sought.

The Bucks Road/Bridge Project was then discussed. A motion to send easements to the landowners (Mr. and Mrs. K. Rhone, Mr. and Mrs. R. Buck) carried.

A motion to apply for all necessary permits concerning the project carried.

Mayor Bennett cautioned the board, before any money is borrowed, the Local Unit Debt Act must be satisfied. Mr. Gurske made a motion to stop all work on the Bucks Road/Bridge Project until that paperwork can be reviewed. The motion died for lack of a second.

Mayor Bennett questioned an entry on the grant paperwork for the bridge. He said there was a figure of $8400 for engineering costs, not the $16,500. President Rhone will get him a copy of the application.

No further business to come before the board, motion to adjourn carried.

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County Moves To Next Phase Of Readdressing

MONTROSE, PA – Susquehanna County 911 is moving to the next phase of our 911 Readdressing and Mapping. Field personnel from InterAct Public Safety have completed delivery of notification packets, and will soon be compiling the data to send to the Postal Service for approval. We ask that all Susquehanna County residents return the Verification Cards as soon as possible, to avoid disruption in mail service, or exclusion from the 911 database. Persons who have lost their cards are asked to be alert for future updates, as we will be following up with those people soon. We cannot issue replacement cards, as they each have a unique serial number associated with the residence on which it was placed.

Also, it is critical that those residents living on a private road, lake road, or driveway with three or more addressed structures contact us as soon as possible to name their roads. Those residents can call 1-800-395-6503 to find out how to submit the road name choices. This only applies to private roads, not state, township, or borough streets. To avoid disruption in mail service or other problems, road names must be submitted to us no later than July 7, 2006.

The next step in the process will involve the US Postal Service validating and approving all road names, street ranges, and addresses. We can begin issuing addresses to residents after the information is returned from the Postal Service.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this very important project. Questions or concerns can be directed to our toll-free number at 1-800-395-6503 or to

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