In a January 12th session, Borough Council again reviewed issues with roads damaged during the $9+ million sewer construction.
In his report, President and Roadmaster Joseph Tucker advised that patching projects are continuing when the weather cooperates. He was especially disturbed by deteriorating conditions on North End Road. “I’ve received hundreds of complaints about North End Road. It’s falling apart.”
Tucker has been working with the Franzosa Trucking of Hazleton doing patchwork in the worst places. He said that they discovered one area of roadway that is literally, “breaking off into the swamp.”
When the sewer lines were being installed, he said, three cross pipes were cut and not repaired properly. He said the borough was not informed of the damages at the time, only realizing the extent of damage when a patch literally broke off and crumbled into the adjacent swamp.
“We will be filing something with the Sewer Authority,” he assured.
Another area cited as a hazard to the public is on Highfield Street which runs steeply to intersect with the busy state road, Nuangola Road. A road cut during the sewer project is now directing water flow out across the hill creating icing conditions where cars need to stop.
Tucker announced that he has been there spreading salt himself the last few days because it unsafe. “I don’t want to do that, but I have no choice until we find someone willing to plow...”
This lead to a long discussion of the difficulty of finding a part-time employee willing to be on-call for storms with no guaranty of set hours. Eventually, it was agreed to offer $20 per hour for plowing as needed. The board also asked if veteran borough worker Frank Suhoski would consider returning to the borough’s employ. It was agreed to conduct an executive session to further the discussion.
An ongoing review of the potential
of another devastating Gypsy Moth invasion was addressed. Borough Secretary Sabine Thomas said she has been conversing with Rice Township’s secretary Alicia Stier, who is helping her to evaluate options. “She told me that we have 609 acres in the borough,” Thomas reported. Based on the lowest price supplied by a certified aerial spraying company, Triple F Flying, the cost would be $21,315.
Councilor Mark Gandzyk, who has also been researching the matter said that the price of treatment is contingent on the chemical used. He warned that the least expensive spray is also the harshest and will kill all
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