Clarks Green resident concerned about catch basin on Fairview Road

By Elizabeth Baumeister - [email protected]

CLARKS GREEN — Borough resident Mike Pacyna addressed the council at its regular meeting Wednesday, Aug. 17, regarding a sluice pipe and catch basin in disrepair near his home on Fairview Road.

“There is a big hole right now and it’s eroding. …It’s a serious situation, because if anyone walks around that corner, they can go right into a hole that’s about that big right now,” he said, gesturing with his arms.

He said he hand-delivered a letter to the borough office, informing the council of the matter on July 28, 2015 and never received a response.

“I am very disappointed in Clarks Green Council,” he said. “I’d like you to know that.”

Council President Keith Williams apologized on behalf of the board and promised council will look into it. He said he does not recall seeing the letter before.

“We have several catch basins that are in trouble, so this will be put on the list,” said councilwoman Lynne Earley.

In other business:

• The council voted to remove one of the five conditions on which approval was granted at last month’s meeting for conditional use of the former CVS building at 100 S. Abington Road as an equestrian veterinary clinic. The business will no longer be required to provide proof of a highway occupancy permit, although the borough has documented correspondence from the property owner, saying he still intends to do so.

According to Atty. Alfred Weinschenk, borough solicitor, the board is not taking any legal risk by removing the requirement.

The removal was requested for the purpose of speeding up the plans by the clinic, which is currently listed under the name, Clarks Green Veterinary Clinic.

• An update was received regarding a grant the borough was previously awarded for repairs on the traffic light at the intersection of Grove Street and North Abington Road. It was determined the municipality’s most recent plans for the project do not match the original grant application. In light of this, the funds cannot be used for that purpose.

After brief discussion, the council decided to give up the grant for this year and re-apply next year.

• The borough received notice that a Verizon cell phone tower application withdrawn in November 2014 for a project on the property of Clarks Summit University (then Baptist Bible College) is back on the table in South Abington Township. Although the tower will not be placed in Clarks Green Borough, in the initial application it was located in a bordering section of land, affecting several Clarks Green residents.

The new plans, however, put the tower in a spot further away from the borough.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, with a work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. Both meetings are held at the borough office building, 104 N. Abington Road.

By Elizabeth Baumeister

[email protected]

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

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