Tunkhannock Borough Council is looking to have its noise ordinance updated to include enforcement by borough police when local establishments permitted to sell alcohol are cited.
As now enforced, the Pennsylvania Liquor and Control Board receives citations when someone calls in about noise at a bar, but it (PLCB) does not have the staffing to do investigati ons.
Carl Penedos - owner of the Blogg - was at a March 20 borough council meeting and had requested the change so he would not be run out of business. (He suggested that three citations could cause a bar owner to lose his or her liquor license.)
Council President Bob Robinson said a letter was sent out to other bar owners in town about a possible change and heard back from only one of them. The lack of response from the other proprietors was a sign, he believed, that the other bar owners wouldn’t be opposed to such a change.
A motion was made and seconded to turn the matter over to solicitor Paul Litwin.
He had notified council that he would be working on an ordinance similar to one that had been in force in Jim Thorpe for years.
In the finance and administration area, it was reported there was a shortfall in the pension plan because of an unexpected economic situation with the folks who previously managed the account.
A 2018 auditors report also was given. Robinson said the audit turned out quite well.
Councilman Marshall Davis apologized for Police Chief Keith Carpenter’s absence from the night’s meeting, but a family emergency called him out of town.
According to a monthly report for March, borough police responded to 246 events, with 60 traffic arrests and 22 criminal charges with 1,786 miles of patrol.
Davis said that Officer Dustin Cokely would be attending a national conference soon on domestic violence, courtesy of a grant that the Victims Resource Center helped to underwrite.
There was also discussion about a timeline for hiring new officers in the future, and that should be established by June.
Under transportation, it was stated there was enough salt and cinders to start the next year pending no more storms. Council was looking for a list of work projects for the upcoming season.
There was also a discussion about pole lighting with a chart listing poles and $2,000 per year to be outlaid for replacing older lamps with LED lights.
Under building and property, Council members said they were looking at addressing exposed electric cords and computer cables in the main office, and a proposal to spend $860 via Northeast Data to locate the cords in a closet and then run the wires/cords underneath the carpet was being considered.
Under Riverside Park, Mayor Norm Ball said Omar Camacho had volunteered to do mowing. He also noted that a seat and a slide in a swing set were damaged. Council is to get quotes by next meeting.
Under Planning and Zoning, it was announced that there would be discussion on April 9 at 6 p.m. about possibly rezoning the area immediately surrounding the Wyoming County Courthouse to R2 to make it possible for attorneys and insurance folks to consider as office space, thereby opening up business space downtown on Tioga Street.
In the public comment period, one man asked for an update about the water line that’s being put in by Aqua NE Marcellus from the Susquehanna River to an impoundment in Lemon Township. He suggested maybe a slightly different route than had been previously been reported so as to have more hydrants closer to town.
Council said the route was pretty well mapped out but it would take the information and pass it on.
Sue Barziloski said she noticed out West Tioga Street that a flower tent was going up, and she hoped borough residents would support local garden centers and florists over the non-residents of the county who run the tent, which by the way is located in Tunkhannock Township.
Councilwoman Lisa Tesluk said she wanted to thank the borough police for leading the parade of tow trucks through town Wednesday evening which were paying tribute to Colin Schaefer, a Lake Winola tow truck operator who died following an accident in Overfield Township the previous Friday.