Clarks Summit council members approve new treasurer, handicapped parking spot

By Robert Tomkavage -

CLARKS SUMMIT — Members of the borough council approved the hiring of Bonnie Flaherty as a part-time treasurer, at the rate of $15 per hour, during a regular meeting Nov. 1.

Members of the council also approved the addition of a handicapped parking spot on the 500 block of School Street, contingent upon approval of the exact location at next month’s meeting.

Finance Committee Chair Dominic Scott provided an update on the borough’s progress regarding the 2018 budget.

“We’ve had at least three meetings and we’re almost there,” Scott said. “We’re anticipating that there won’t be a millage increase. We have not seen an increase in property taxes since 2012 or sewer billing since the 2014-15 fiscal year.”

Members of the council discussed the possibility of offering veterans banners on telephone poles similar to other local municipalities such as Carbondale, Olyphant and Throop.

Clarks Summit mayor Herman Johnson made a suggestion for the banner committee to bring a recommendation to the council for a vote about whether to sell banners for living veterans, deceased veterans, or both.

“I think it’s worthwhile,” Johnson said. “If we’re going to do it, I’d like to see us do it right.”

Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe added that two part-time police officers — Matt Sims and Stephen Hall — were approved during the borough’s Oct. 25 work session meeting.

By Robert Tomkavage

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

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