Clarks Green honors outgoing council member Maureen Palmer

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal | December 21st, 2015 11:36 am

CLARKS GREEN — At the Clarks Green Borough Council meeting, Dec. 16, council President Dave Rinaldi presented a plaque of the service award to outgoing board member Maureen “Marnie” Palmer.

“We are grateful for your many years of outstanding and dedicated service to the citizens of Clarks Green,” said Rinaldi.

Palmer thanked Rinaldi for the award.

During public comment, Clarks Green resident Tom Artley, who owns a house on South Abington Road, said that his tenant hasn’t been paying his sewer taxes nor his garbage taxes since he’s moved there. He also said that the tenant owes $45,000 in back rent.

“We will pass it on to our zoning officer (Lori Harris), and she’ll investigate, and council will discuss it at our work session and then we’ll determine what action the borough should take in an effort to correct the situation,” Rinaldi said.

In other business, Rinaldi welcomed new board member Joan Pidgeon-D’Oro, who was sworn in before the meeting.

“This is her first and last meeting fulfilling the term of the late (council member) Barry Phillips,” he said. “Joan will be sworn in again. She was successful in the election, and she will be begin her four-year term on council beginning Jan. 4.”

Rinaldi said the borough building now has a second automatic door opener on the side door.

“We are finally handicapped-accessible on both of our entrances,” he said.

He said the council will submit paperwork for reimbursement of $4,700 to Lackawanna County for the purchase of the two automatic door openers and a new defibrillator purchased in honor of Phillips.

Council member Joe Barasse announced that the borough finally has the new defibrillator, which he showed to the board.

“This particular defibrillator is a Physio-Control LIFEPAK,” he said. “It’s a refurbished.”

Barasse said that the borough also purchased pediatric pads, which didn’t come with the $595 unit. The total cost was $700.

“Our intention is to utilize these pads,” he said. “Should an ambulance arrive a minute or two later, they can simply leave the pads on the patient, and then be able to transfer the units, and they would replace the pads to the borough.”

President Dave Rinaldi presents the service award to board member Maureen Palmer. Dave Rinaldi presents the service award to board member Maureen Palmer. Submitted photo

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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