CLARKS SUMMIT- The Borough of Clarks Summit Council voted unanimously at its Nov. 7 meeting to contribute $200 to assist the newly-formed coalition S.T.O.P. (Scranton Taxing Our People) in opposing the City of Scranton's commuter tax, a one percent tax rate hike on nonresident workers' earned incomes.
Council members also discussed the possibility of imposing a similar tax on Scranton residents working in Clarks Summit, although they were doubtful such a tax would be possible. Borough Solicitor Pat Rogan said he would look into the matter.
In other business, Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe announced that a new budget is ready for preliminary review, and although she said it is extremely tight, it is complete without increasing taxes.
During public comment, resident Theresa Barrett lodged a complaint about the leaf collection and neighbors who piled their leaves in front of the drains prior to the recent storm and said it could lead to flooding of the roads. She inquired about the leaf pickup schedule and whether in the future, specific schedule times might be announced in advance.
Resident Janine Port, who spoke of the same problem at the Oct. 30 work session, agreed, adding that the leaf pick-up should follow a regular schedule, and people should not put their leaves in or near the drains, especially before a storm.
Council agreed to look at the system and see how it can be tweaked.
Port also thanked Council President Gerrie Carey for delivering homemade meals to the workers at the polls during the Nov. 6 election.