A brief agenda awaited action by North East Borough Council Monday evening, April 5.
One item listed on the agenda was done so at the request of a Gibson St. resident. His concern was discussed briefly, however the resident was not present to address Council. Robin Steff, assistant borough secretary, summarized the concern. The resident, who lives on Gibson St., requested a sign be posted to not allow parking in a particular area as he has trouble pulling out of his driveway in the winter due to snow.
Streets Department Supervisor Mike Skrekla said the section of Gibson St. in question permits south side parking only. The only other option would be to change parking regulations to prohibit parking on both sides of the street. Council took no action on the matter.
A handful of new business items were approved by Council, including a resolution to appoint resident Tom Huber as an alternate member on the Zoning Hearing Board. Council also authorized advertising for a Zoning Hearing Board member and alternate member.
Three requests to use Heard Park were approved. North East Fire Departments received permission to display equipment and conduct periodic demonstrations for the public. The NEFD will also use Heard Park July 8-19 for Cherry Festival, including set-up and cleanup.
Lawrence Park Fire Department will use Heard Park on Saturday, June 26 during the 3rd annual Michael D. Crotty Memorial Bike Run.
Councilman Jerry Hordych reported that the North East Recreation Commission would like to erect a new sign designating Halli Reid Park as well as restroom signs. “At this point in time I don’t feel it’s necessary but probably next year,” Hordych said.
Water Department Supervisor Randy Culver announced that a request has been submitted to PennDOT for the borough water department to replace a water main on Route 20 from Pearl to Mill Streets. Culver said the project would not only improve fire protection but would be the “last piece” of the old main to be replaced.
Council President Jodie Timer announced Baker Creek cleanup will take place Saturday, May 8. Volunteers are asked to meet in the municipal parking lot at 9 a.m. and to please wear boots.