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Tunkhannock Borough Council was appraised of acts of vandalism that damaged two stone benches at different locations in the borough

Mayor Norman Ball, in his Riverside Park report, said that vandals had broken a granite stone bench dedicated to former borough councilman Chuck St. Clair. The bench is being repaired, and will be moved to a small park near CVS Pharmacy where it will be more visible to the public.

Council President Bob Robinson also reported that another granite bench - this one in Feed Mill Park - was also recently broken by vandals.

During the police report, Chief Keith Carpenter informed council that things went well in the borough during the first day of school. Officers are scheduled to attend a seminar on domestic violence put on by the Victims Resource Center on Oct. 13 at the Emergency Management Agency. Carpenter also gave a big thank you to the County Probation Department, as well as an unnamed local businessman, who help with recent renovations to the police station.

Council voted to appoint Michael DiStadio to the Tunkhannock Borough Municipal Authority.

DiStadio will fill the unexpired term of Eric Hueg who recently resigned his position when he moved out of the borough. DiStadio will serve on the authority until Dec. 31, 2019.

Council reported Trick-or-Treat will be celebrated in the borough on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. A Halloween parade will begin at 7 p.m. at the courthouse.

On a motion made by Dan Gay and seconded by Lisa Tesluk, council voted to renew its contract with solicitor Paul Litwin for 2018.

Before the vote was taken, President Robert Robinson noted that Litwin has been the borough’s solicitor for over 10 years. In that time, he said, the attorney had never increased his fees. However, this year, Litwin was asking for $125 per hour for his services, up from $100 an hour. Council agreed to the increase.

At the request of member Marshall Davis, council voted to request Civil Service set up a promotional test for the a sergeant’s position on the borough police force.

During the report on Riverside Park, Mayor Norman Ball reported that vandals had broken a granite stone bench dedicated to Chuck Sinclair. The bench is being repaired, and will be moved to a small park near CVS Pharmacy where it will be more visible to the public.

Robinson reported that another granite bench in Feed Mill Park was also recently broken by vandals.

Robinson reported that the borough received a savings of $12,225 this year, thanks to Kilmer Insurance. The biggest reduction was caused by a drop in the number of worker’s compensation claims, he said.

Council also acknowledged a $1,000 payment in lieu of taxes from Triton Hose Company, as well as a $100 payment from the Presbyterian Church.

In other business, the borough has received $3,121 from Wyoming County Liquid Fuels which will be used to purchase salt, coal patches, and line painting.

Council reported that Sheila Talcott, who serves as a substitute when Borough Manager Dawn Welch is absent, will be resigning her position on Oct. 30.

Welch praised Talcott’s work record, saying she will be hard to replace.