Clarks Summit Council members approve church food shelf in borough building

By Robert Tomkavage -

CLARKS SUMMIT — Residents who may need a little extra help will soon not have to worry about where they will get their next meal. Members of the borough council gave approval April 4 to Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, on a six-month trial basis, to place a shelf with non-perishable food items in the vestibule area near the elevator, of the borough building.

Amy Barlow, head of the missions and outreach committee at the church, feels the location will better serve members of the community.

“We had a Caring Cupboard (in the church) that had food people could take, but it was in a closet and the items didn’t really move,” she said. “We’re finding there are people who have gaps. This isn’t meant to feed a family for a month, but someone can walk down and get a couple boxes of cereal to fill in the gap a little bit. There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and they just need a little something to get them through a couple days.”

Barlow added that church members will stock the shelf, which will not include any religious materials or literature.

The lobby area, where the shelf will be located, is always accessible to the public.

In other news …

• Judy Ferree, a resident of the 700 block of Linden Street, addressed the council with concerns regarding a drainage problem after a paving job last fall.

“A huge pond settles on the road in front of my house and when the water freezes there is ice across the street,” she said. “A lot of people walk up and down the road to get to the shopping center. Water is draining from the properties into the street and cars have to avoid it because the water isn’t getting to the inlets.”

• Clarks Summit Chief of Police Chris Yarns announced the department received a “Click It or Ticket” grant through the Buckle Up Pennsylvania project. Enforcement will run from May 14 to June 3.

Yarns added he instituted three new policies within the department last year and is planning to introduce three more this year.

“Some didn’t exist, including a social media policy, and I thought they were important,” Yarns said.

Borough Solicitor Kevin Hayes lauded Yarns for taking the initiative to add the policies.

“I think it’s very smart for the chief to be doing this because it protects the department and borough,” he said. “In the event that somebody deviates from one of our policies, they will have acknowledged that they knew it.”

• Recycling Chair Bob Bennett announced the borough’s annual Shred Fest event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 29 at Clarks Summit Elementary.

According to Bennett, the borough is in need to volunteers for the event. Anyone interested in assisting should arrive by 8:30 a.m.

There will be a limit of four boxes or bags per visitor and all non-paper items must be removed before shredding. Donations will be accepted.

• Members of the council voted, 7-0, to enforce a no parking zone on the 200 block of Clark Avenue from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

• Members of the council voted, 6-1, to amend the borough’s zoning ordinance to make parking in a no parking zone a $25 fine across town.

• Members of the council approved a motion to grant the Abington Little League authorization to use the Sheridan Avenue field for the 2018 baseball season.

By Robert Tomkavage

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

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