New streetlights causing concern in Clarks Summit borough

By Robert Tomkavage - | October 10th, 2017 4:11 pm

CLARKS SUMMIT — Councilman Vince Cruciani voiced his concerns regarding newly installed LED streetlights in the borough during a regular meeting Oct. 4.

“I know it’s going to be bright, crisp white light now, that’s not my complaint,” he said. “The problem is the light shoots 100 plus feet. The street in front of four of the houses (on Woodlawn Ave.) looked like an evening basketball court. My neighbor’s front yards were completely illuminated and the light was completely in my bedroom window. It’s almost intrusive.

“I think, at least in residential areas, at least upon request, there needs to be shields installed because it’s light pollution. The street is brighter and that’s a good thing; the problem is the reach of the light is expanding past the street.”

Councilman Frank Besten feels the borough should look at the situation on a case-by-case basis on each street.

Tom Hendrian, of Carnation Drive, addressed council with concerns regarding the paving of the road.

“The big concern is when (Leeward Construction) did the sewer work and blacktopped it, it’s now really bumpy and lumpy,” he said. “Are they going to mill this road again or just come in and put an inch of blacktop on top? It’s been going on for two years.”

Borough manager Virginia Kehoe informed Hendrian the work is supposed to be a mill and overlay job.

Mayor Herman Johnson announced the police department received a grant to target aggressive driving from Oct. 23 to Nov. 19 and a grant for seat belt use enforcement from Oct. 17 to Oct. 27.

Members of the council plan to vote on a parking amendment, which would add one handicapped space on the 500 block of School Street, if passed, during the Nov. 1 meeting.

Members of the council plan to vote during the December meeting on possible changes to the code enforcement ordinance, including granting the code enforcement office and borough manager the authority to issue citations.

Members of the council plan to vote on the hiring on a part-time police officer during the October 25 work session meeting.

According to Johnson, a part-time police officer recently left the department.

The borough is still seeking a part-time treasurer. Applicants must be fluent in QuickBooks and fund accounting experience is a plus. Hours are Monday through Friday, but flexible (approximately 18 per week). Those interested may send resumes to: Virginia Kehoe, Borough Manager, Borough of Clarks Summit, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

Members of the council also voted to ratify the bid for the sale of a DPW truck to Bridgitte Baum, Global Trucks, for $4,250.

By Robert Tomkavage

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