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Zoning Officer John Doddo reported that residents must place trash in leak-proof, approved receptacles, or garbage cans, with lids.

Orloski suggested that the zoning department send letters to anyone who appears in violation, outlining the specifics of the ordinance. He added that bears are frequently seen in Mountaintop and noted that a bear attempted to get into his covered trash can recently.

In other business, the board awarded a bid to Chilewski Enterprises, for $27,746, to replace the playground equipment at Memorial Park for the small children’s area, and for $15,700, for the older children’s area. The work is expected to be done before the park’s annual summer program begins in June.

The board also passed an ordinance to create tobacco-free zones at Memorial Park. Those caught smoking on park property will be issued a $25 fine and signs will be posted explaining the restrictions.

Fairview Police answered 248 calls in April, including 27 reports of suspicious persons or vehicles, nine animal complaints, two noise complaints, and one of the following counts: theft, criminal mischief, and drug possession. Police assisted with six motor-vehicle accidents, and issued eight traffic citations and 13 warnings.

The supervisors appointed Phillip Holbrook to serve as Fairview’s new chief of police, replacing Joseph Intelicato who recently retired. Before the meeting, Holbrook was sworn in by Luzerne County Judge Richard Hughes.

The Mountaintop Hose Company answered 34 calls in April. The organization’s president David Hourigan also reported that the fire department’s annual fund drive has been underway, with $26,745 collected so far from 521 donors.

Plans have begun for the hose company’s annual bazaar, to be held this year July 14 to 16. This may be the last year for the bazaar, Hourigan related, as he earlier announced it will be the last one that he heads and no one has come forward to volunteer to take it on next year. More details will be explained in the hose company’s newsletter.

In April, the township’s road crews serviced police cars, checked and cleared drainage systems, trimmed trees, and installed missing street signs, among other tasks. The zoning department collected $4,461 in permits and fees last month.

Finally, Board Secretary Barbara Wasiakowski read a letter written to the board. It was a thank you for the township’s $250 donation to the Mountaintop Free Medical Clinic, which stated that the money “will go a long way in assisting local families with prescription costs.”