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At the July meeting of the Forest City Borough Council, Pauline Wilcox, a Salvation Army volunteer, announced plans to open a storefront office on Main Street in Forest City. Wilcox explained that the office will be open regularly, with limited hours each week. Dumping will be prohibited. Wilcox highlighted some activities of the Salvation Army, including the Angel Food Christmas Program, which served about 90 Forest City children last year. In addition, Wilcox attempts to involve needy area children in Camp Ladore and provides assistance to victims of domestic violence. Wilcox expects to have the Forest City office running within the next month and hopes to maintain an emergency food pantry and a school clothing and book bag closet. Wilcox describes her work as offering a “hand up” to make needy individuals a “part of the community.” “I think you’re doing a tremendous job,” Mary Twilley stated. Several other Council members concurred.
Council passed a motion to pay KBA Engineering $10,000 to cover fees.
Mayor Nicholas Cost announced that many out of town landlords are not keeping up with grass mowing. Cost thanked individuals who do “keep their homes neat,” but stated that individuals who are not in compliance will receive one letter and ten days to mow the lawn. Thereafter, they will be cited.
Due to damaged and deteriorating blocks on the coal miner’s memorial, restoration is in order. Council approved a $1200 bid to hire Molinaro Construction to complete the repairs.
Council passed a motion to accept the Amendment to Ordinance 479.
At the advice of solicitor Paul E. Smith, Council approved an appraisal to determine the value of a condemned property at Yucca Flatts. The property has already been surveyed.
Council agreed to investigate reports of eight-inch-deep holes on a portion of Maxey Street. Robert Tedesco, head of public works, stated that although the area has been repaired several times, the cold patch washes out during heavy rains. Tedesco suggested installing hot pave, though there is no road repair money in the borough’s budget.
A student’s request to work the recycling truck as part of his senior project was denied due to safety and liability issues.
In an attempt to close an old matter, Council accepted Grimm Construction’s bid of $8,808 to replace two windows on the Borough Building.
Mary Twilley received permission for some Forest City residents to begin an adopt-a-tree program on Main Street, planting flowers beneath trees that do not already have underplantings.
Discussion was held at the July 6 Montrose Borough meeting regarding the park, which was recently vandalized. A mess was made on the slide, the pavilion had to be taken care of, etc. There was further talk of cameras to monitor the space, which could transmit to the borough office. Also, when the problem of purposeful littering was raised, it was pointed out that this action can lead to a $300 fine. Some involved in the recent vandalism, which included human waste on the slide, were caught. Council asked the police to try and enforce the policy of banning those perpetrating such behavior from the park in the future, in addition to other penalties they might face.
Representatives of the Arnold family attended the meeting to request that the new walking track be named in honor of the fallen soldier. Killed in the Iraq conflict, Arnold grew up playing in the park, and in more recent years had played there with his sons. A previous request had been made to rename the park for him, but it had been decided that Memorial Park already stood as an all-inclusive testimony to lost loved ones. The family had been advised at the time to consider requesting that something within the park be named in his honor, and with news of the walking track it was thought that this would be a fitting tribute to the fitness buff. Some conversation was held regarding whether or not this would conflict with the original designation of the park which, secretary Annette Rogers reported after doing research into the matter, was put in place in memory of servicemen in general. In the end it was decided that renaming one part of the park would not go against the overarching dedication, and that a plaque would be placed stating that the track was in memory of Mr. Arnold and in honor of all those serving.
Progress was made on the borough building process, with the architect, John Puzo, attending to report on alterations to the plans since he, council members, and local contractors met 13 days prior. The meeting included both modular and “stick building” contractors, and the general decision was made to pursue the project in a modular direction. Mr. Puzo brought plans with alterations, then, which kept modular in mind, though they are still drawn as if stick built. He described it as being laid out as if you would see the pieces driving down the road. Some aspects of the plans existed, though, to try and make the building still look less modular. It was decided that the plans would be put out for bid, to both modular companies and other companies, still not entirely limiting the project to a modular mindset. A $50 deposit was established for plans to be picked up, and interested contractors must then attend a bid review meeting. The meeting was set for August, with a hoped construction start date of September.
The police handbook was finally approved that evening, though not without some debate. It had been delayed by the necessity to add a policy regarding the Clean Indoor Air Act, legislation from a higher level. This means that if the police respond somewhere and a person refuses to extinguish a cigarette, that person can be cited for violating the law or for disorderly conduct. This being enacted above the borough level, however, it was not the cause of much discussion.
The matter of holiday pay, on the other hand, encouraged more conversation. A complaint had been made that the part-time police received holiday pay for Good Friday, but not for Easter. The current policy did not include this alteration; the proposed policy did. This meant, it was argued, that the council would either have to ask the proposed policy to be altered before being accepted, or have to take action to change the established system. Ms. O'Malley, borough solicitor, expressed her opinion that the workers should not have both holidays off. In the end, the other council members agreed with her, choosing to keep Good Friday and not add Easter. Two reasons were given for this decision: that no one has to work on Sundays, so working Easter would be a choice, and that until recently part-time employees hadn't qualified for holiday pay at all. After a discussion of approximately 20 minutes duration, the police policy book passed, with this one change.
The Traffic Signal Agreement, Ms. O'Malley opined, is misleading in its name. She queried what the borough was really getting out of the agreement. Although Penndot states that it will put in the traffic system, they can then not only require the borough to maintain the system but stipulate how it is maintained. Mr. Yeager asked the chief of police how many accidents occurred there anyway, and received an answer of maybe eight.
The council decided, during an executive session, to establish a new position within the police force. Described as a mini-sergeant, the corporal position will not bring with it an immediate pay raise, and is subject to a 90 day probation period. Josh Atherton is the first candidate for the job.
The July 8 Susquehanna County Commissioners’ Meeting was off and running down to a record time of two minutes, including the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
Commissioners Michael Giangrieco, Mary Ann Warren and Leon Allen, Chief Clerk Sylvia Beamer, three reporters and approximately eight audience members were present.
911 Dispatcher Mary Heron was honored and recognized for her 15 years of service in the 911 Dispatching position.
Commissioners also thanked and congratulated Sandra Cordner for her 15 years of service at the Susquehanna County Prison.
Heron was on hand to accept the recognition. Cordner was unable to attend.
Checks were ratified or approved; seminar requests and payments were made.
Trisha Brown’s (Children and Youth) resignation was accepted with regret, effective July 9, 2009.
Reverend Edwin Simmons, Springville, was appointed to The Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council for July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.
Commissioners motioned to exonerate the Tax Claim Bureau from collecting taxes from three parcels of land in Middletown, Auburn and Dimock, as per Tax Claim Director Catherine Benedict.
They also authorized signing a maintenance agreement with Guyette Communications for repairs and routine maintenance for telephones in the Susquehanna County Prison, for a monthly service charge of $30.00 for the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.
The Susquehanna County Commissioners Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month promptly at 9 a.m. in the Emergency Management Agency’s Conference Room.
At their July 6 meeting, the Great Bend Township Supervisors began by going over a list of road work; projects on McHugh, Emerson, Penny Hill, VanVleck and Route 11 have been completed, and work was set to begin on Church and Locust, weather permitting.
One quote for salt was received, at $60.50 per ton. A motion carried to approve purchase of 150 tons, which should be more than enough needed for the coming winter.
The Bridging Communities sidewalk project was said to be progressing.
Permits issued during the past month included Assessment/UCC permits for Frank Fenice, Robert Conklin, George Sherman, Jason Sternik and Larry Spencer. The County Planning Commission gave final approval for the Rickard subdivision. A driveway permit was issued to Elaine Andusko. Firework permits were issued to Mark Wolfe, Joseph Chobot and Tammy Barnard. And, Chesapeake Energy has applied for a water withdrawal permit for a site on River Road.
Correspondence included notification that the county Conservation District and Northern Susquehanna River Watershed Association have received a Growing Greener grant from DEP for an assessment of DuBois Creek. The quarterly municipal Emergency Management Coordinators' meeting was scheduled for Monday, July 13. Also received was a list from DEP of all the energy/green technology projects that may be funded with stimulus money.
The township is still in need of a representative for the sewer authority.
The lease agreement with Harry Marvin, Jr. was approved by the township's solicitor, with some minor changes, for a parcel the township obtained through the buyout program following the flood of 2006. The lease will be renewed yearly, with a provision for either party to cancel it, and it may not be transferred.
The sewer authority had scheduled a meeting for July 13 with its members, to discuss and possibly take action on loan guarantee paperwork.
The next meeting will be on Monday, August 3, 7:00 p.m. in the township building.
Bernard and Karie Kolenda to Bernard Kolenda, in Thompson Borough for one dollar.
Eugene Notarpippo (By Sheriff) to Peoples National Bank, in Brooklyn Township for $1,610.04
US Bank and Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (By Trustee) to Mark and Lillian Bostjancic, in Forest City for $40,000.00.
Michael D. and Joan Ann McCoy and Mary Kay C. Walsh to David R., Sr. and Kelly B. Ingram, in Herrick Township for $35,000.00.
Ernest E. and Sigrid J. Perry Gustinucci (NBM) Sigrid J. Perry to Ernest E. and Sigrid J. Perry Gustinucci, In Gibson Township for one dollar.
Brandon and Andrea Sanders (NBM) Andrea Owens to Brandon and Andrea Sanders, in Clifford Township for one dollar.
James R. and Valerie P. Cole to James R., II and Lynn Ann Cole, in Clifford Township for one dollar.
Robert Zawisky to Michelle and Debra Tedesco and Jennifer Zawisky, in Herrick Township for one dollar.
Raymond Joseph Hinkley (Estate) to Clair V. Hinkley, in Springville Township for one dollar.
Richard L. and Carolyn F. Webster to Richard L., Jr., Walter Joseph, David A. and William Daniel Webster, in Silver Lake Township for one dollar.
George Carlton, Jr., and Louise M. Shafer to George Carlton, Jr. and Louise H. Shafer, in Liberty Township for one dollar.
Richard A. Osterhout (By Atty) and Betty and Rayond C. Jennings to Steven J. and Heather Oldford, in Hallstead Borough for $81,500.00.
Southstar I LLC to William R. and Arlene J. Tonzelli, in Rush Township for $49,500.00.
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation to Gassearch Drilling Services Corp., in Dimock Township for one dollar.
Silvia M. Barnes (Estate) to Annie Chaffee and Judson J. Barnes, in New Milford Township for one dollar.
Robert Coy to Gary E. and Kelly M. Snow, in Franklin Township for one dollar.
Thomas J. and Kimberly Murphy to Shannon J. and Melanie T. Murray, in New Milford Township for $113,000.00.
Paul (AKA) Paul Joseph (By Atty) and Nancy J. (AKA) Nancy Jean (By Atty) Calderone to James Edward and Jennifer Lynn Kravitz, in Herrick Township for $200.00.
Matthew E. and Renee L. Curley to Renee L. Curley, in Middletown Township for one dollar.
Vida B. Finlon to Rodney D., Jr. and Ann E. Stone, in Auburn Township for $35,000.00.
David A. and Janet L. Schwick (NBM) Janet L. Klein to David A. and Janet L. Schwick, in Lenox Township for one dollar.
Citifinancial Services, Inc. (By Atty) to My House LLC, in Forest City for $17,000.00.
Florence M. Simons to Montrose Hillbillies, II LLP, in Franklin Township for $562,500.00.
James M. and Elizabeth P. Casilio to Robert D. McCarthy, in Herrick Township for $95,500.00.
Joseph and Marjorie A. Pavlovich to John L. Williams, in Forest City for $49,000.00.
Debra Ann Baldwin to Debra Ann Baldwin (Trust), in Silver Lake Township for one dollar.
Randy J. and Diane L. Worobey to Diane L. Worobey, in Ararat Township for one dollar.
John A. Humphry (Estate) to Christy Lee and Tara M. Humphry, in New Milford Township for one dollar.
Robert C. Hess (Estate) to Joy L. Cassels, in Herrick Township.
Jason Robert Eromenok and Kristin Leah Briggs, both of Susquehanna.
Jesse Reed Benedict and Mary E. Dougherty, both of New Milford.
Jeffrey Hunter Smith and Kimberly Faith Ryon, both of Harford.
Leon Edward Pointek, Sr. and Michelle Rena Hitchcock, both of Laceyville.
Jeffrey Gilbert Hazen and Angel Lee Connelly, both of Forest City.
Joseph Wojcik, Jr., and Christina G. Bisignani, both of Union Dale.
Russell Ryan Brittel of Parish, NY and Camille Marie Wright of Laceyville.
Daniel Richard Darrow and Stacy Lynn Fisher, both of New Milford.
Tyler D. Emmerich of Springville and Joanna Marie Kelley of Dallas.
David D. Fitzpatrick Depue and Destiny D. Russell, both of Friendsville.
James E. Juser and Joann L. Guerin, both of Friendsville.
William Earl Lamberson, IV and Mary Elizabeth Winter, both of Susquehanna.
Benton J. Hoover and Jennifer Lynne Robinson, both of Springville.
Rory A. Maginley and Janice A. Fisher, both of New Milford.
Jesse A. Colwell and Debra J. Marvin, both of Susquehanna.
Nicholas A. Cicon and Debra A. Wallace, both of Susquehanna.
Gary L. Evans and Suzanne L. Delanoy, both of Hallstead.
John M. Sosenko and Marisa L. Yelverton, both of Binghamton.
Kevin M. Stone and Melinda J. Novakowski, both of Montrose.
Christopher David Taylor of Hallstead and Hannah M. Barnes of Susquehanna.
Chris E. Hibbard and Jennifer K. Morelli, both of Montrose.
Roy Alfred Herman, Jr., and Maggi A. Waldron, both of Lawton.
Richard C. Sterling of New Milford and Mary Jane Chmielewski of Meshoppen.
Brandon George Gumaer and Sarah Elizabeth Porter, both of Kirkwood.
Adam Nathaniel Henning of Union Dale and Kendal Leigh Miller of Jermyn.
Cody A. Kuiper of Susquehanna and Caroline Ann Crumpler of Zion Grove, PA.
Lisa Ball vs. Warren A. Ball, both of Montrose, married 1987.
Alan Greenberg of Montrose vs. Jo Anne B. Smith of Harford, married 1977.
David Rumage of Springville vs. Brandy Rumage of Meshoppen, married 2007.
The Susquehanna County domestic relations Section has bench warrants for the following individuals as of July 10, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Michael A. Argust, David P. Atherholt, Jr., Erika L. Back, David Shawn Blaisure, Joseph Bonavita, Michael P. Bradley, Jr., Devin S. Brewer, Howard Burns, Robert B. Carrier, Tony R. Clark, Mark T. Conklin, Mary Dallasta, Edward J. Dickson, Jr., Jeremy M. Dixon, Paul H. Donovan, Deborah L. Drish, David J. Fischer, Thomas Fisher, Nesbitt W. Fitch, Jr., Ryan M. Forder, Kelly Fox, Dominick M. Franklin, Tiffany M. Groover, David Haines, Jr., Suzanne R. Hansen, William N. Hendrickson, Anthony D. Hibbard, Sr., Ann Hightower, Steven L. Jones, Kenneth M. Kintner, Kevin D. Klein, Eric C. Kohlhepp, Erik E. Krisovitch, Charlie J. Legere, Carlos L. Leiser, Christopher Locke, Joseph Malloy, Jr., Tanika Marazzani, Patricia J. Marrero, Jason Marshall, Zada A. McDonald, Nancy McGillis, Rollin E. Miller, Jr., Joseph C. Moore, Anthony Neri, Benjamin Newell, Tanya M. Novak, Todd M. O'Hara, Donald Palmer, Gary Perico, Amy S. Pompey, James E. Purse, Timothy W. Rogers, Troy Rohmann, David J. Shiner, Shannon L. VanVleck, Keith W. Vroman, Steven G. Warner, Joseph Watkins, Jamie L. Williams, Kenneth L. Wilmot.
Please contact the Domestic Relations Section at 570-278-4600 ext. 170 with any information on the location of these individuals.
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