CLARKS SUMMIT- Borough Council in Clarks Summit discussed possible "new revenue streams" at its regular work session Sept. 25. The first involved the soliciting of advertisements to local businesses, to be placed on police and EMA vehicles.
Councilman Patrick Williams showed two examples of possible sizes for the ads, one 6 by16 inches and the other 8 by16 inches. He said they will be placed on the rear quarter panel of each side of the vehicles.
Williams said the Borough will reserve the right to reject any ads it deems "objectionable or controversial," and the only other responsibility the borough will hold is to place the ad stickers on the vehicles and later remove them. The advertisers will be responsible for designing and purchasing the stickers.
Councilman Herman Johnson suggested the finance committee determine the rates.
Another possibility discussed was that of selling parking meter passes to local businesses for the employees. Council members discussed various rates and ideas to bring the idea into effect and determined to discuss it further with some local businesses.
Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe said if it is something Council would like to move forward with, a new ordinance would have to be passed to make it legal.
Council also discussed a borough-owned property on Sheridan Ave, questioning whether it could bring in new revenue, but after considering several possibilities and not coming to any conclusion, the issue was tabled.
Another item on the agenda was the Junior Council, for which Johnson said two applications were received. He said both applicants are young men and juniors at Abington Heights High school. Council voted 4-0 in favor of accepting both to the Junior Council, effective beginning at the Oct. 3 meeting.
Attorney Carrie Buscarini was present at the meeting regarding a property she wishes to purchase on Stone Avenue for use as an office for her law practice. Kehoe said plans were presented to and discussed by the planning commission, and added that Buscarini will need a permit for her sign.
Council members inquired about parking plans for the property and Buscarini said she plans to have a handicapped parking area designated at the front of the 108-foot-long driveway, which has room for six vehicles, nose to tail. She said there is also parking available on the other side of Stone Ave, should the practice require more parking spots, which she does not foresee.
Kehoe said the item will be put to vote at the Oct. 3 meeting.
Other items discussed included a proposed cell phone use policy, which Council voted unanimously against after brief discussion; a resolution supporting the police in a new truck-weighing project, which Council voted unanimously in favor of; a letter from a resident about roads in need of repair; brush pickups; the possibility of the borough occupying a table in the lower level of the borough building during the Fall Fun Festival Oct. 20 and an upcoming informational event regarding fracking safety in Montrose, which will be attended by the EMA coordinators.