CLARKS SUMMIT ‚?? The Borough of Clarks Summit Police Chief Officer Joe Laguzzi, 41, of Clifford Twp. officially received the oath of office Jan. 2. He was sworn in at the regular monthly meeting by Mayor Harry Kelly. Councilman Roy Davis motioned the appointment of Chief Laguzzi and it was seconded by Councilman Herman Johnson.
With the beginning of the new year, the council was required to appoint and reappoint members of committees and employees of the Borough of Clarks Summit. Council President Gerrie Carey motioned to approve committees, but after questions were presented by Johnson, the council agreed to table all committee positions until further notice.
‚??As a council person, I think that we should have work sessions and discuss the reappointment of other people. We have not discussed anyone but the chief of police. We should sit down and talk about the reappointments of people,‚?Ě Johnson said.
Johnson said that council advertise for the positions. Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe said that she spoke to everyone involved with committees in November, and they all expressed interest in reappointment. At that time the list was made available to council members for review.
In other business, council recommended a contribution of 3 percent from the police for the Police Pension Board resolution of 2013, which is the same as last year. The remaining 2 percent would be paid by the borough. Councilman Jenkins approved the resolution and it was seconded by Johnson.
The council moved to discuss parking tickets and the area near Bedford Tower Apartments located at 400 Bedford St. People are parking on streets and the borough is unable to plow. Johnson questioned whether the street was a snow emergency route and the fire trucks are able to get through. Chief Laguzzi suggested the use of a tow tag which would constitute as a warning placed on top of a parking ticket. After five days, if the vehicle has not been moved, it would be towed. No decision was reached. The topic will be discussed at a future meeting.
In old business, the council discussed the parking meter ordinance. Before making any decisions as to whether to relocate current meters or purchase new meters, council members will invite George Carros, who maintains Clarks Summit meters to attend a work session with recommendations.
At the meeting Feb. 6, council will discuss a letter of recommendation sent by LJ Milo Enterprises, Inc. regarding a land development plan. According to Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe, the plan is to build a new CVS on the property located on the corners of State Street and Winola Road. This would adjoin the Donna Buranich and LJ Milo Enterprises, Inc-owned properties. If the CVS is built, there would be storm water changes that might alleviate some minor flooding that currently affects the property, according to council.
Starting this month, Clarks Summit Borough will offer a parking permit, according to Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe. This pilot program was suggested by retailers/businesses and their employees in the downtown. Passes are intended to make parking close to their business more convenient and affordable. Recipient will pay $30 per month. The program is designed to be business/retail friendly, however landlords and tenants may benefit as well. Parking permit recipients are required to be mindful not to park directly in front of a storefront/business that is not their own. Side streets and end of the blocks are suggested.
The parking permit, once purchased, is to be displayed on the dashboard of the driver‚??s side of the vehicle registered. It must be visible at all times. Purchased monthly, the permits are color coded to correspond with each month.
Permits can be purchased at the Borough Office, 304 S State St, 2nd floor, open Mon. ‚?? Fri. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Permits are valid from the 15th to the 15th of each month.