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STAFF PHOTO/BROOKE WILLIAMS Factoryville Borough Council President Charles Wrobel swears in Catherine Litwin, a new junior council member.

Factoryville Borough Council plans to advertise a noise ordinance for future adoption.

At Wednesday’s (Sept. 11) council meeting, solicitor Paul Litwin said the ordinance, addresses “unreasonable” noise in the borough.

“If there’s an allegation of unreasonable noise, the police would issue a warning,” he explained. “If the person receiving the warning doesn’t immediately stop or within the next 30 days, engages in the same behavior, then it becomes a penalty.”

A penalty would result in a citation and the magistrate would assess a fine. Afterward, a second violation would carry a higher fine.

There’s also a permitting procedure in the ordinance for special events that would generate noise.

Litwin said Tunkhannock passed the ordinance with an exemption for garbage truck noise and told council members to consider possible exemptions or changes relevant to Factoryville.

Council members plan to read over the ordinance and return with feedback.

Mayor Gary Evans and council member David Truitt were absent on Wednesday.

With a new year approaching, councilors scheduled a 2020 budget meeting for Monday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m., where they also plan to discuss the noise ordinance more in depth.

Litwin also plans to have proposed changes to the borough’s recently adopted rental ordinance prepared for October’s council meeting with the goal of having them approved by January.

Council also took time on Wednesday to swear in junior council member Catherine Litwin, a junior at Lackawanna Trail High School and the first person to hold the position in several years.

Borough manager Mary Ellen Buckbee said Factoryville received $3,598.96 in county liquid fuels funds, an increase from last year’s $1,900, which council plans to put towards costs for paving on upper Church Street.

During the public comment period in last month’s meeting, Colin Fricke suggested extending park hours from dusk to 9 p.m., as it gets darker earlier in the winter and police officers understandably have stopped him a few times for taking late walks.

Buckbee said the Lackawanna Trail School District has agreed to extend its elementary center parking lot hours to 9 p.m. since people often use the lot while visiting Christy Mathewson Park.

Council members discussed possibly enacting a “no loitering” rule instead, but waited to take action until Litwin could check if there’s an ordinance in effect regarding park hours.

The Countryside Conservancy wants to change the switchback on the Trolley Trail from stone dust to pavement to make it more accessible for people with mobility issues, said Buckbee, noting that the Wyoming County Conservation District gave its approval and the conservancy has the necessary funding.

Council members approved the change.

The board of the Clinton Township/Factoryville Borough Joint Municipal Park, now renamed Creekside Park, requested that Factoryville Borough allow the appointment of a new member since one is needed.

Council gave its approval and also allowed Buckbee to transfer leftover budgeted funds from Christy Mathewson Day to Creekside Park for hosting the event.

The payment would be up to $587.50, as there might be outstanding bills to pay from the event first.

Council vice president Bill Edwards announced under roads and maintenance that a window was broken on the borough’s skid steer.

Joe Bruchko attended Wednesday’s meeting to tell council members for the third time in three months that paving on Church Street has impacted his property.

The Factoryville resident has found pieces of asphalt in the street gutters and his yard. Rainwater has also been running into his driveway.

He requested that council reestablish the gutters near his home and also refrain from using the same material for future paving projects.

Both Edwards and council president Charles Wrobel promised to address the problem within one week.

Under buildings and grounds, council member Gregg Yunko said the second round of Hometown Heroes banners honoring active and retired military personnel are incoming.

The borough received around 11 more requests and plans to charge $60 per banner.

“They should be ready next week some time,” Yunko said.