First month of patrolling Clarks Green a smooth ride, according to Clarks Summit police chief


By Elizabeth Baumeister - [email protected]



Clarks Green officials welcome the Clarks Summit Police Department (CSPD) to the borough before opening the Jan. 18 council meeting. The CCSPD began patrolling the municipality Jan. 1. From left, first row, Mayor Herman Johnson and Council President Gerri Carey, Clarks Summit, and Council President Keith Williams, Clarks Green. Second row, Councilman Bill Toms, Clarks Green; Chief Chris Yarns, CSPD; Mayor Bill Thorburn, and Councilmen Joe Barrasse and David Rinaldi, Clarks Green.


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    CLARKS GREEN — Borough officials heard the first monthly report from the Clarks Summit Police Department (CSPD) since it began patrolling the municipality on the first day of 2017. Members of the Clarks Summit Borough Council and Clarks Summit Mayor Herman Johnson were also in attendance at the regular meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 18.

    Police Chief Chris Yarns gave the report, which was incomplete due to the fact that it has been less than a month since the CSPD started the job. Yarns said a large portion of the officers’ time the first few weeks was spent visiting Our Lady of Peace School, familiarizing themselves with the layout.

    “I think everything is going pretty smooth – actually, smoother than I expected,” Yarns said.

    The chief added officers also issued overnight parking warning notices and responded to two vehicle accidents and a child hotline call in the borough.

    Yarns also discussed with the council members their need to update the borough’s parking ticket forms, which they agreed to do.

    In other business:

    • The council is seeking applicants for two vacancies: one on the shade tree commission and the other on the zoning hearing board. Residents interested in either position should contact the borough office at 570-586-4446 or through its website, clarksgreen.info.

    • Clarks Green resident, Abington Council of Governments (ACOG) secretary and former council woman Marnie O’Dea Palmer addressed the board, inviting members to an event the ACOG is hosting next month in Clarks Summit.

    State Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay is scheduled to speak at the event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Clarks Summit Volunteer Fire Department on Bedford Street. He is expected to talk about the status and challenges of volunteer fire companies throughout the state. The event is free and open to all officers and volunteer firemen of Abington area volunteer fire departments, as well as elected officials of ACOG communities.

    Reservations may be made by contacting Palmer at 570-357-6857.

    • Michael Carr, of County Waste, briefly addressed the council, asking if members had any questions or concerns regarding services to the municipality.

    Councilwoman Joan Pidgeon-D’Oro, refuse and recycling chair, said the borough often receives phone calls from residents regarding the pick-up of large items such as mattresses and furniture. Carr said it is helpful (but not required) if people call the center a day in advance when putting such items out to the curb, as a separate truck is often deployed for that purpose.

    County Waste can be reached at 570-685-7000.

    The next regular borough council meting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, both at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road.

    Clarks Green officials welcome the Clarks Summit Police Department (CSPD) to the borough before opening the Jan. 18 council meeting. The CCSPD began patrolling the municipality Jan. 1. From left, first row, Mayor Herman Johnson and Council President Gerri Carey, Clarks Summit, and Council President Keith Williams, Clarks Green. Second row, Councilman Bill Toms, Clarks Green; Chief Chris Yarns, CSPD; Mayor Bill Thorburn, and Councilmen Joe Barrasse and David Rinaldi, Clarks Green.
    http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_ABJ-ClarksGreen-1.jpgClarks Green officials welcome the Clarks Summit Police Department (CSPD) to the borough before opening the Jan. 18 council meeting. The CCSPD began patrolling the municipality Jan. 1. From left, first row, Mayor Herman Johnson and Council President Gerri Carey, Clarks Summit, and Council President Keith Williams, Clarks Green. Second row, Councilman Bill Toms, Clarks Green; Chief Chris Yarns, CSPD; Mayor Bill Thorburn, and Councilmen Joe Barrasse and David Rinaldi, Clarks Green. Submitted photo

    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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