CLARKS SUMMIT - At the Clarks Summit Borough Council Meeting April 4, council voted to accept the resignation of Borough Treasurer Christine Tsaklas. They then made a resolution in her honor, which was read by Mayor Harry Kelly, recognizing and thanking her for her service.
Attorney Mike Grab was in attendance representing TowerCo regarding the land development plan for a cell phone tower to be located on private property on North State Street. The plan gained approval at the March 7 meeting, and at the March 27 work session Grab came to the council with two problems regarding the written conditions. Suggestions resolving those problems were made at the work session, and at the April 4 meeting, council voted to approve those amendments to the conditions.
Also in attendance was Gerard Hetman, representing the newly formed Lackawanna County Community Relations department. Hetman said the County is starting a new venture, similar to the Abington Council of Governments, which will feature a series of informal meetings between the commissioners and local elected officials.
Residents of Grandview Street were in attendance to request the removal of the "Road Closed" sign at the beginning of the Street. They also requested more rocks be placed at a walkway opening to prevent motorcycles from driving through. Council decided to place it on the agenda for the next work session.
Also in attendance was Warren Watkins, representing the Abington Senior Center, which he said has been growing in "leaps and bounds." He said since last year at this time, membership has increased by 141 people. Parking is now a problem—a good problem, he said, but a problem nonetheless.
Another topic of discussion was the graffiti on a building at the Abington Little League ball field. Council discussed methods of preventing future vandalism and requested the police force begin an investigation to find out who is responsible.
Council voted 5 to 2 to authorize Council President Gerrie Carey and Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe as signers for activity of non-uniform pensions and police pensions.
Council discussed the Spring Clean Up, sponsored by State Representative Sid Michaels Kavulich, to be held April 28 from 12 a.m. - 3 p.m. Flyers, available to the public at the meeting, stated, "We are seeking volunteers to pick up trash and debris, especially along roadways, borough parks and streams. Community organizations, churches, schools and businesses are encouraged to participate in this community event."