Clarks Summit Council asks residents for feedback on 2016 paving

By Meredith Colohan - For Abington Journal | October 6th, 2015 3:43 pm

CLARKS SUMMIT – Council asked Clarks Summit residents for feedback regarding the borough’s tentative list of roads to be paved in 2016.

At a work session Sept. 29, council discussed taking volunteers from the community to serve on the Public Works Committee to help determine which borough roads will be paved in 2016.

“It makes the residents feel more involved and it gives us a chance to correct any problems,” said council member Herman Johnson, who suggested the paving list should also be advertised in the sewer bill for residents to review.

Residents may view the tentative 2016 paving list now on the Community section of the borough’s website,

“That list is more than we are able to do next year,” said Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe. “It’s got to be whittled down.”

Any residents interested in serving on the committee may contact the borough offices at 570-586-9316.

Johnson said he brought up the paving list after multiple residents attended council’s regular September meeting to address why certain roads were not included in the 2015 paving schedule.

Kehoe reminded council there will be one more brush pick-up for residents before the DPW crew switches to leaf pick-up.

“Just as a reminder for residents, if there are leaves on top of the brush, we can’t get either [brush or leaves]. We don’t have the equipment to get the brush once we start leaf pick up.”

Oct. 15 is the target date to start leaf pick-up, but that date may change depending upon the weather, according to Kehoe.

A committee was also formed at the work session to administer the borough’s Christmas lights this year. The borough budgeted $2500 for lights, and council put together the committee to research purchasing solar powered and or LED lights that may last longer.

Mayor Patty Lawler, council president Gerrie Carey, and Johnson will serve on the committee.

Council also discussed a draft ordinance for regulating the use of drones in the borough. Regulations include flying restrictions before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m., a fee to purchase a permit to fly the drone in the right of way, and the submission of a flight plan so that any properties a drone may capture on video in a proposed flight plan will be notified of the drone’s flight plan.

“If you want to fly your drone, you’re going to do so in a way that doesn’t comprise the privacy of the residents in the borough,” said council member Vincent Cruciani.

By Meredith Colohan

For Abington Journal

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