Clarks Summit Borough Council members discuss options for street sweeper

By Robert Tomkavage - | June 8th, 2016 8:35 am

CLARKS SUMMIT — Members of Clarks Summit Borough Council discussed options for purchasing a street sweeper or skid steer with a sweeper attachment during a meeting on Wednesday, June 1. A vote on the purchase of the equipment is expected during the borough’s July regular business meeting after a representative from Medico Industries Inc. provides a recommendation.

Council Vice President Herman Johnson believes the issue should be resolved as soon as possible.

“We’ve been dragging this out and I don’t think it’s fair to the residents,” he said. “Councilman (Pat) Williams brought this up four months ago and spent days and night researching it. We have streets that make our community look very poor, especially when there are cinders on the road from two years ago.”

Members of borough council voted, 4-3, to hire Janice Reich as the borough’s treasurer. Dominic Scott, Gerrie Carey, Herman Johnson and Patrick Williams voted yes. Bob Bennett, Vince Cruciani and David Jenkins voted no.

Members of council approved a motion to hire Christian Orlando as a part-time Department of Public Works (DPW) worker for the summer season, two days a week. Casey Musheno was approved as a part-time seasonal DPW worker, four days a week, effective until the end of November.

Jenkins voiced concerns regarding speeding and reckless driving in the borough.

“I think we need to do a little bit more enforcement of speed in the borough,” he said. “Stop signs are almost as ridiculous as right turn on red where people don’t even slow down.”

Bennett plans to work with Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe and Solicitor Dan Mulhern on finalizing an employee handbook.

Mayor Patty Lawler announced Brianna Eagen, a student at Gettsysburg College and native of the Abingtons, will serve as a summer intern for the borough.

In other business:

• Members of the board voted, 5-2, to approve the the borough’s current insurance policy for renewal. Williams and Johnson voted no.

• Members of the board voted, 7-0, to approve Harry Jenkins to the Abington Regional Wastewater Association (ARWA) Board.

• Members of the board approved a resolution, 7-0, to suspend the enforcement of parking meters from July 14-16 during the borough’s Sidewalk Sales.

Members of Clarks Summit Borough Council will meet for a work session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at the borough building, 304 S. State St.

From left, Clarks Summit Mayor Patty Lawler, summer intern Brianna Eagen and Clarks Summit Council President Gerrie Carey. left, Clarks Summit Mayor Patty Lawler, summer intern Brianna Eagen and Clarks Summit Council President Gerrie Carey. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

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