Clarks Green honors centennial volunteers

First Posted: 2/20/2015

CLARKS GREEN — Council presented two residents with Certificates of Appreciation at the regular borough council meeting Feb. 18 for their work helping to raise money for the borough’s Centennial Celebration that was held in May.

Council President David Rinaldi honored Gail Rees and Charles Sandercock for assisting with the fundraising for the borough’s centennial clock tower.

“Without you and the other members of the committee we certainly could not have been as successful,” President Rinaldi told Rees and Sandercock.

“Thank you. It was a wonderful committee, and all your support was wonderful,” said Rees. Sandercock also thanked council and said he, “loved working with everybody,” on the committee.

Council member Joe Barrasse updated council during the Health and Safety Committee report about the traffic control problems the borough faces. Last month, the borough approved paying an approximately $1,400 invoice to fix the signal loop at Grove Street and Abington Road.

“People sitting in traffic on Grove Street making a left onto Abington Road have an unusually long wait as a result of the problem which they (Northeast Signal) hope to fix. This should be completed in the next two to three weeks,” Barrasse said, and added that Northeast Signal did fix the push buttons last week.

According to Barrasse, the main problem for the borough is the way the signal system was originally installed. “The wiring was done wrong,” Barrasse said, adding the problem may be, “very intensive to fix.” Parts of Abington Road, Grove Street, and sidewalks may have to be dug up.

Council has recently discussed the options to fix the underlying problems with the borough’s traffic signals. If the signals are not fixed, Barrasse said the problems will continue to plague the borough. Barrasse hoped to have a price quote for the project by the end of the week for council to review.

Barrasse also reminded everyone that Community Life Support ambulance dispatch is now housed off of Keyser Avenue in Scranton so, “time is of the essence,” in emergency situations. Council and Barrasse recognized and thanked the borough’s two DWP employees and EMTs Charles Saxe and Mike Pehonich who were the first to arrive on scene before the ambulance on Feb. 5 when they heard over the dispatch that a resident fell and needed assistance.

Since Saxe and Pehonich were able to administer oxygen and help the resident before the ambulance arrived they, “may have saved (the resident’s) life,” said council member Lynne Earley.

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