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Representatives of Tunkhannock Borough will again be meeting with UGI to discuss the possibility of installing a natural gas line in the borough.

Council President Robert Robinson reported on Thursday that an ad hoc gas committee - made up of council members Ben Barziloski, David Wiggins, Marshall Davis, as well as resident Ned Slocum , and Mayor Norman Ball - will meet with UGI Director Don Brominski as well as it engineers on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. at the borough hall. Robinson said that as president he is a de factor member of all committees, and may also attend the meeting. The meeting is only open to committee members and UGI representatives.

Robinson also reported on Thursday that no agreement has been reached at this point between the borough and UGI. If installed, the gas pipeline will run along Harrison Street.
The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce has received a $1 million grant to help with infrastructure, to allow the borough's residents, businesses and other stakeholders to tap into the  Marcellus gas which had not been previously accessible to the local market.
If it's to happen Council will need to approve a resolution in support of the project.In another matter, Robinson informed the rest of the council that reports from a recent DPW meeting indicated that there were problems during the recent storm which dumped six inches of snow throughout the area.
Vehicles parked on both sides of the street made it difficult or impossible for the plows to keep them clear - particularly where the streets are narrow.

Robinson reminded people that an ordinance requires people not to park on the sides of the street with even numbers on even-numbered days, and not park on the odd-numbered side on odd-number days. Those who ignore the ordinance risk being cited by the police, he said.

The president also reminded people that they have 24 hours to clear their walks after it snows. There have been reports that certain residents are not shoveling their walks promptly, which could subject them to a warning or a fine, he said.

At the request of borough Manager Dawn Welch, council decided by consensus to collect outstanding invoices from property owners who have had trees removed from their premises.

As explained by Robinson, there are times when the borough’s shade tree commission determines that a tree on private property has become a hazard. When that occurs, the borough often contracts to have the tree removed, then presents to the bill to the property owner in question.

Most times the bills are paid, but occasionally someone gets in arrears or refuses to pay up. In those circumstances, the borough usually puts a lien on the property and receives payment when it is sold, he said.

On the recommendation of Marshall Davis, council voted to pay $8,750 to purchase a used 2012 Chevrolet to replace one of its police vehicles. Police Chief Keith Carpenter explained the car has low mileage and will be an excellent replacement for Vehicle One - a 2011 Chevrolet Impala, which is in need of repairs.

Also on Davis’ recommendation, council voted to advertise that it will be adopting Ordinance DROP 2018-1 at its meeting on March 8. The ordinance will allow police officers who reach retirement age to stay three more years on the force, if they desire. Instead of continuing to contribute to their pension fund, council will instead put money aside in a separate account for those officers, which they can take as a lump sum at the end of the three year period.

In other business, council voted to appoint Frank Oliver to the Shade Tree Commission for 2018.