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A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on March 11, 2014 at 7:12 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Michael McGlynn presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a moment of silence was held in honor of the former borough fire chief Paul Komensky. A roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Yager, Marcinko, Hanczyc, Akulonis, Ameika, Balchune and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Akulonis that all correspondence be accepted, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Ameika to accept Ordinance 2014-2 regarding the collection of refuse in Duryea Borough. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Balchune to accept Ordinance 2014-3 regarding the Duryea Borough property maintenance code. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to reject to be part of the proposed police regionalization. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Balchune to proclaim the month of March as Demolay Month. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Marcinko second by Yager to purchase a power drain snake in the amount of $480.00 from A.S. Powers Plumbing in Pittston. Roll Call: (7).

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to repair the storm drains at the rear of the municipal building. Cost will be $1600.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Chairman McGlynn asked council for their opinion concerning the Land Bank. (7) councilmembers agreed with the Land Bank program.

Ameika spoke about the streets in Blueberry Hills, the weeds in the retention ponds and about Popple still taking out dirt from the property. Resident Ed Smith complained about the retention ponds. Mayor Moss stated the borough never accepted the ponds. Attorney Saporito stated the county or borough code enforcement can enforce him to cut weeds, etc. Marcinko also spoke about the streets and also stated that the water doesn’t flow into the retention ponds. Resident Ellen Velehoski also spoke about the ponding areas. Resident Jack Zabrovian asked if we had snow emergency removal plan. Resident Robert Bejeski Jr. asked questions such as where the borough is going to get the money for the land bank.

Business owner Robert Trusavage spoke about the 83 storage units he will be constructing off of Brown Street.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on February 11, 2014 at 7:20 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Michael McGlynn presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Councilmembers present: Yager, Marcinko, Hanczyc, Akulonis, Ameika, Balchune and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Balchune that all correspondence be accepted, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc that all bill, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Marcinko that all reports be accepted, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Marcinko to accept the bid from DeNaples Auto Parts in the amount of $5600.00 for the sale of the 1988 Mack Garbage packer. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to authorize the proper borough officials to sign change order #9 regarding the wiring of the handicap chair lift of the building renovations project. The motion is subject to the receipt of the change order from Champion Builders in the amount of $500.00 rather than $1096.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Councilman Balchune stated to the public that he does not vote as a majority or minority councilman. He was elected by the majority of the people and wants to do what is best for the town. Councilman Ameika stated he stands behind Balchune’s comment.

Balchune stated that the property and landlord ordinance committee had two meetings and is working on a property maintenance code that will  be fair to the homeowners and tenants.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Marcinko to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.


A special meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on February 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Michael McGlynn presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Yager, Marcinko, Hanczyc, Akulonis, Ameika, Balchune and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued. Penn Eastern Architect Emil Jarolin was also present at the meeting.

            The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss the four change orders listed for the municipal building renovation project. The four change orders are:

  1. #8- vinyl treads on front stairs- $2,148.00

  2. #9- additional wiring for wheel chair lift- $1,096.00

  3. #10 – card access/panic devices - $10,090.00

  4. #11 – men’s room renovation - $5,000.00

Architect Emil Jarolin stated the specifications called for painted steps in the

foyer. The vinyl treads would be more money but maintenance free and safer. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to approve the scope change request for vinyl treads on the front stairs for $2,148.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Emil Jarolin stated that the wiring for the wheel chair lift was in the specifications, but not explicitly shown on the bid. The solicitor will look into the additional cost to determine if the cost should be paid by the contractor, architect or negotiated. A motion regarding scope change request #9 will be tabled until the next meeting.

The scope change request #10 was not acceptable to council and no motion was made. Emil stated the panic bar with a mega-lock was missed in the plan. As a cost saving measure, council decided the security system would be added at a later date. The engineer will look into the bid for the security system in the amount of $8677.00 and determine what the incurred costs are, if there are any restocking charges and what can be deleted at this time. The cost for the change will be determined by the next council meeting.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to approve scope change request #11 for the men’s room renovation in the amount of $5,000.00. Roll Call: (7) yes. Any money saved by eliminating the security system from the front entrance will be used towards the men’s bathroom renovation. Balchune stated that the one-person men’s bathroom as per the specifications meets ADA requirements and would not cost the borough additional money. Marcinko suggested renovating the sewer authority entrance so the bathroom in the sewer authority could be accessible from the hallway and could be used as an additional bathroom. Akulonis stated the additional cost to the men’s bathroom renovation should be approved because the renovation will only be done once and should be done the right way. McGlynn did not want the borough building to have a one-man bathroom for years to come because council did not want to spend the extra money at this time. Council decided the funds saved by the deletion of the security system would be used to pay for the additional men’s bathroom renovation.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.



A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on January 14, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Michael McGlynn presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Yager, Marcinko, Hanczyc, Akulonis, Ameika, Balchune and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Balchune to release Martin Hanczyc from his 2013 tax duplicate and authorize him to collect the 2014 property tax. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Ameika to adopt Resolution 2014-1 which sets the contribution rate of 0% for the police pension fund. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to reject the bid from Mike Veneziano in the amount of $3101.00 for the 1988 Mack Packer. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to adopt Resolution 2014-2 relating to the sale of the 1988 Mack garbage packer. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Ameika second by Akulonis to appoint Chief Lohman, Jeff Pisanchyn, Lois Morreale, James Balchune, Al Akulonis, Robert Bejeski Sr. and Robert Bejeski Jr. as the property and landlord ordinance committee. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to accept the resignation of Jordan Chiochio as a part-time police officer in Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Attorney Falcone explained that Duryea Borough representatives had attended a meeting in Pittston City to discuss the formation of a land bank trust. Municipalities totaling a minimum population of 10,000 residents can form a land bank to purchase properties prior to being sold at sheriff’s sale. The municipality can then buy, fix or raze the building, or have a private developer fix and sell the property. Another meeting will be held with the Pittston City Redevelopment Authority to further discussed the formation of a land bank trust.

Councilwoman Marcinko questioned why the new majority of council appointed council members to the Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority and the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority after Akulonis and McGlynn had criticized that it was a conflict of interest to have too many council members on the sewer authorities. Marcinko also stated that the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority board seat was not discussed or advertised and Joan Orloski had done a commendable job and should have been reappointed. Akulonis stated he did not want the majority of the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority board to be council members and that was why he resigned from the board.

Mayor Moss stated he has a community calendar and asked that he be contacted to schedule all upcoming events on the community calendar so two functions are not scheduled on the same date.

Ellen Velehoski, Barbara Shock and Joseph Neutts all complained that the correspondence, bills, and reports were not publicly read and therefore, the public did not have the opportunity to question any of the information. McGlynn stated that all bills and correspondence will be attached to the agenda which will be available to the public attending the council meeting. Joseph Neutts was concerned about the personal interests of the property and landlord ordinance committee and questioned who chose the members of the committee and would the committee for the land bank be the same committee.

Kim Brominski complained about the property at 818 Foote Avenue. She stated the building permit was given two weeks after the work was completed and that the building permit was not placed in the window.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.


A re-organization meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on January 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Mayor Moss presiding. The meeting opened with a pledge to the flag.

The following newly elected officials were sworn in by District Magistrate Alexandra Kokura: Mayor Keith Moss, Council members Edward Ameika, James Balchune, and Michael McGlynn, Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc and Auditor Mary Russo. Audrey Marcinko had not received her certificate of election and would be sworn at a later date. (Marcinko was not able to vote at the meeting).

Mayor Moss appointed Lois Morreale as the temporary secretary of the re-organization meeting. An attendance roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Yager, Marcinko, Hanczyc, Ameika, Balchune, Akulonis and McGlynn. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Balchune second by Ameika to nominate Michael McGlynn as council chairman. Roll Call: (5) yes (1) no- Yager. Yager voted no because she stated that the council candidate that had the highest vote in the election should be chairman of council.

Motion by Ameika second by Akulonis to nominate James Balchune as council Vice-Chairman. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to reappoint Lois Morreale as borough manager. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Ameika second by McGlynn to appoint the law firm of Saporito, Saporito and Falcone as the solicitor for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (5) yes (1) no- Yager.

Motion by Ameika second by Balchune to reappoint Penn Eastern Engineers as the borough engineer. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Ameika to appoint Joseph Bender as borough fire chief and Jeff Hughes as the assistant borough fire chief. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Balchune to reappoint Trina Moss to the Duryea Recreation Board. Her term will expire December 31, 2018. Roll Call: (5) yes (1) no-Yager.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to reappoint Joan Orloski to the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. Her tem will expire December 31, 2018. Roll Call: (4) no- Ameika, Balchune, Akulonis and McGlynn (2) yes- Yager and Hanczyc. Motion denied.

Motion by Balchune second by Akulonis to appoint Ed Ameika to the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. His term will expire December 31, 2018. Roll Call: (4) yes- Ameika, Balchune, Akulonis and McGlynn (2) no- Hanczyc and Yager.

Motion by Balchune second by Ameika to appoint Al Akulonis as the Duryea Borough Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority representative. His term will expire December 31, 2014. Roll Call: (5) yes and (1) abstained- McGlynn.

Motion by Balchune second by Akulonis to appoint Audrey Marcinko as the Duryea Borough representative to the Greater Pittston Compost Commission. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc that the Duryea Branch of Penn Security Bank be named as the depository for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that the regular monthly worksession of the Duryea Borough Council will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting immediately following the worksession on the same evening. Roll Call: (6) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on December 10, 2013 at 7:23 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Councilmembers: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, McGlynn. Absent- Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by McGlynn that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, crime watch and recreation board. Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

The following bids were accepted for the sale of the John Deere loader:
John Cremard, Duryea ……………………………………$752.00
Mike Veneziano, Bellefonte ……………………………...$2852.00
Frank Stellatella …………………………………………..$1400.00
Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to accept the bid from Mike Veneziano in the
amount of $2852.00 for the John Deere loader. Roll Call: (6) yes.

The following bid was received for the 1988 Mack packer:
Mike Veneziano, Bellefonte ………………………………..$3101.00
Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to table the bid until the borough checks for the
amount that could be received for scrap. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Hanczyc to adopt the proposed 2014 budget. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to table proposed Ordinance 2013-5 and Ordinance 2013-6 for further review since many residents had questioned the ordinances. Residents are asked to submit in writing by January 3, 2014 all questions and concerns about the ordinances. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by McGlynn to accept Ordinance 2013-7 which condemns land along the Lackawanna River for the flood protection project. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to ratify the purchase of a 1994 GMC top kick dump truck with snow plow and spreader in the amount of $8100.00 from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. The dump truck will be paid from the Liquid Fuels account. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to sell four old guns from the police department to previous police officers who used the guns. At least two police officers are interested in purchasing the guns. The guns will be sold at a price of $200.00 each. Solicitor Frederickson stated that the bid process is not needed since the items are under $10,000.00 and being sold for fair market value. Chief Lohman would also like to sell additional small police items that are no longer needed. McGlynn suggested that the chief submit a list of items to be sold to borough council.

Rose Zaino, Donnelly Street, complained about the slippery condition of the basketball court. Hanczyc suggested that the parks should be closed during the winter months because no one uses the parks during the winter and would save the cost of electricity. McGlynn stated he has never been in favor of closing the parks and said the parks should be maintained to the best of the borough’s ability during the winter months.

Frank Groblewski questioned the borough solicitor why he could not vote for himself on the motion to appoint him as the Duryea Borough LLVSA representative. The solicitor stated it was against the state ethics code.

McGlynn asked Chief Lohman if he could let residents know about crime in the borough by placing articles in the local newspapers. His postings on facebook are very informative, but many residents do not use facebook.

McGlynn thanked outgoing councilmembers Joan Orloski and Frank Groblewski for their years of service as borough council members.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on November 12, 2013 at 7:15 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Chief Lohman and Mayor Moss presented certificates for five years of service as Duryea police officers to Michael Rosemellia and Matthew Fredmonski.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, recreation board, and crime watch. Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to accept Ordinance 2013-5 that establishes a registration program for residential properties. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes. Solicitor Frederickson explained the police department, emergency services, sewer authority, and the tax collection agency will all benefit from an updating of the list of tenants who lives in rental properties in Duryea Borough. Points of the ordinance include a first time registration fee of $50.00 and out-of-town landlords must appoint a local agent within 20 miles of Duryea Borough.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to accept Ordinance 2013-6 that provides for the inspection of dwellings and buildings prior to renting, leasing, changes in residence and occupation. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes. The ordinance includes a $100.00 inspection fee when a new tenant rents a property or apartment.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to accept Ordinance 2013-7, which condemns land along the Lackawanna River for the flood protection project. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call:(7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to appoint Frank Groblewski as the Duryea Borough representative on the LLVSA board. His/her term will expire December 31, 2014. Roll Call: (3) yes- Orloski, Yager and Hanczyc (3) no-Marcinko, Akulonis and McGlynn (1) abstained- Groblewski. Mayor Moss broke the tie by voting no. Motion denied. McGlynn questioned if this was a lame duck appointment. The solicitor stated the new council has thirty days to review any appointments. McGlynn said council should advertise the position.

Motion by Orloski second by McGlynn to submit an application for the local share account funds for parks and recreation. The installation of a kitchen and bathroom in the Community Park pavilion and an upgrade of the kitchen in the Healey Park pavilion will be included in the grant application. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by McGlynn to hire John Baier III as a part-time police officer as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman. Hourly wage will be $11.25 per hour with no guarantee of work. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to sell the three used police bicycles and bicycle equipment to Prestige Security Specialists in the amount of $400.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to advertise for volunteers for the position on the LLVSA board. Roll Call: (7) yes. Al Akulonis, Keith Moss and Rose Rava might be interested in the position.

Mayor Moss stated the motor is bad in the Ford Expedition and would cost about $5500.00 to replace the motor. Groblewski and Akulonis said he should call Ford Motor Company direct if there is a problem with the valve in the motor and only 72,000 miles. McGlynn suggested to take the car to Coccia Ford for a second opinion because he had listened to the motor and did not think the motor was bad.

Council told McGlynn to look at the 2008 Ford dump truck with 5000 miles that Old Forge Borough is selling that he had spoken about at the worksession.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:05p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on October 8, 2013 at 7:15 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present , the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire chief, and recreation board. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Only one bid was received for the sale of the 2007 Dodge Charger. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to accept the bid from Jersey One Auto in the amount of $3631.99 for the 2007 Dodge Charger. All lettering and police equipment will be removed. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to adopt the proclamation of National Teen Driver Safety Week. An article in the newspaper will ask residents to go to the website www.celebratemydrive.com and vote for Pittston Area to win a grant in a contest. Roll Call: (7) yes. Michael Garzella, Pittston Area Superintendent, was present to accept the written proclamation from Mayor Moss.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to have the Community Park closed at    4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (October 14-17th) due to the increasing vandalism. Roll Call: (5) yes and (2) no- Orloski and McGlynn. Orloski felt the length of time closed was too long and McGlynn stated everyone is being punished because of a few causing the vandalism.

Michael Brown from North American Schott asked borough council to sponsor North American Schott for a local share account grant in the amount of $300,000.00 to invest in equipment for research and development. Council will discuss the upcoming  local share account program.

Akulonis asked that council review the landlord ordinance. Attorney Frederickson and Chief Lohman will review the proposed ordinance and make the necessary modifications.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Yager second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.


A special meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on September 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (5) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, and McGlynn. Absent- Akulonis and Groblewski. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

            The following bids were received for the improvements to the borough building:

Contractor                                                                   Base Bid

Champion Builders, Kingston                                        $179,426.00

Callahan Construction, Lehman                                    $249,300.00

Bognet, Inc., Hazleton                                               $185,200.00

Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to award the bid to Champion Builders in the amount of $153,000.00 which is the base bid of $179,426.00 minus the roof price of $43,500 and adding the price of the security system for $8,677.00 and carpet for the police department for $8,397.00. The bid will be awarded pending the approval of the bid documents by Penn Eastern Engineers. Roll Call: (5) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on September 10, 2013 at 7:50 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial and police. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Bids were opened for the Kramer Street drainage and street improvement project:

BIDDER                                             BASE BID                             ALTERNATE BID

American Asphalt                               179,883.00                              215,621.00

Site Services Group                            191,375.00                              237,560.00

Popple Construction                            157,970.00                             204,779.50

Latona Trucking                                 168,452.25                             215,821.75

Smart Recycling                                 245,640.00                             293,999.50

Pikes Creek Site                                 241,109.16                             295,253.36

Ed Krasavage Construction                   149,096.00                             200,976.00

Linde Corp.                                        211,060.00                            279,260.00

Pioneer Construction                           190,187.50                             237,929.00

Fehlinger Construction                        185,496.50                              229,869.00                            

by Hanczyc second by Yager to award the bid to Krasavage Construction in the amount of $200,976.00 based upon the approval of the borough engineer after inspecting all the bid documents. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to approve Resolution 2013-7 regarding the H2O grant. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept the minimum municipal obligation reports for the police pension and non-uniform pension plans for 2014. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Orloski to pave the right of way on the corner of Donnelly Street and Hallstead Street when paving Kramer Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to advertise for bid the sale of the 2007 Dodge Charger. Minimum bid will be based on the recommendation of Chief Lohman and Attorney Frederickson. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Mary Winn, Holiday Drive, questioned if Holiday Drive was going to be restored after the sewer project is complete. The project is a sewer authority project and will be reviewed by the Duryea Sewer Authority board members.

Dr. Eric Urruti. Director of Research & Technology Development of Schott North American requested Duryea Borough to sponsor a Local Share Account grant for Schott North American. The grant needed will be for a couple hundred thousand dollars and would create jobs. Council tabled the request for discussion.

Councilwoman Orloski questioned the time the lights are on in the Community Park. Council decided to have the spotlights on until 9:00 p.m. and the walking trail lights on until 10:00 p.m.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:43 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on August 13, 2013 at 7:10 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to approve the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Akulonis that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police chief, fire chief and recreation board. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Akulonis to adopt Ordinance 2013-3, the Duryea Borough Burning Ordinance. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Orloski to adopt Ordinance 2013-4 which provides for the maintenance of swimming pools with Duryea Borough and provides for penalties for pools that are not maintained and become a nuisance. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion to advertise for bid the renovations to the Duryea Borough building. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to lend the Duryea Borough bucket truck to Old Forge Borough for them to hang their Christmas decorations. Insurance will be checked for liability. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Akulonis suggested that council consider an ordinance regarding out of town landlords. Attorney Frederickson stated a meeting should scheduled to review the details of the proposed ordinance.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on July 9, 2013 at 7:25 P.M. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After the pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Akulonis and McGlynn. Akulonis joined the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Absent- Groblewski. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Orloski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (5) yes. Akulonis entered the meeting at this time. Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, crime watch and recreation board. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to adopt Ordinance 2013-2 which amends sections modifying benefits as provided in Act 30 of  2002 for the police pension fund, amends several provisions of Act 600, amends Ordinance 2004-4 and repeals Ordinance 2012-6. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to accept Ordinance 2013-3, the Duryea Borough burning ordinance. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to accept Ordinance 2013-4 which provides for the maintenance of swimming pools within Duryea Borough and provides for penalties for pools that are not maintained and become a nuisance. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to use fiscal year 2014 Luzerne County Community Development funds to resurface borough streets that qualify in the service area survey. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Bernie McGurl asked for support of a grant application due July 31st. He explained the recent completed  study of how much water is coming out of the two boreholes located in the Lackawanna River. To alleviate the acid mine drainage problem, a water treatment plant needs to be built. They are meeting with landowners on the west side of the river to purchase land to build the water treatment plant. If the possibility of land acquisition is not possible, the grant will not be possible. Motion by Orkoski second by Yager to Resolution 2013-7 which expresses that Duryea Borough Council supports the application of the Lackawanna Valley Conservancy, Inc. to the Commonwealth Finance Authority for an Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program Gant. Roll Call: ((4) yes (2) abstained- Akulonis and McGlynn. McGlynn stated he had just received the information before the meeting. He stated everyone wants to clean the river, but felt council was once again acting too quickly regarding a grant proposal to clean up the river.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to retain Attorney Robert Buttner to represent Duryea Borough in appeal litigation cases. Roll Call: (6) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on June 11, 2013 at 6:55 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Council members present- Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski and Akulonis. Absent- McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. There was no correspondence. Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc that all bills be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire, crime watch and recreation board. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2013-2 regarding the benefits of the police pension fund. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the proposal from American Asphalt to repair Brown Street at a cost of $7300.00 and Railroad Street at a cost of $2160.00. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski authorizing a one day Armorers training course in the amount of $195.00 for Michael Rosemellia. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Leo Glodzik, a local auctioneer, called stating he was having an auction of used municipal  equipment and asked if Duryea Borough had any equipment they wanted to sell at the auction. Council stated they would sell the Centreville trailer at a minimum bid of $10,000.00 if he was interested.

Akulonis was upset with Chairman Marcinko and complained that flags were not hung on Main Street for Memorial Day to honor our veterans. Robert Webb, our building and grounds supervisor, apologized for not having the flags displayed for Memorial Day.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on May 14, 2013 at 7:35 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (5) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, and Groblewski. Absent- Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was absent. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (5) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (5) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police and fire chief. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to hire Kyle Gilmartin as a part-time police officer as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman. Hourly wage will be $11.25 per hour and will be called as needed with no guarantee of work. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski to hire Eric Williams as a part-time police officer as the recommendation of Chief Lohman and provided he successfully passes a full background check and all other M.P.O.E.T.C. requirements for newly hired police officers with no prior police experience. Hourly wage will be $11.25 per hour and will be called as needed with no guarantee of work. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski to hire Jordan Chiochio as a part-time police officer as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman and provided he successfully passes a full background check and all other M.P.O.E.T.C. requirements for newly hired police officers with no prior police experience. Hourly wage will be $11.25 per hour and will be called as needed with no guarantee of hours. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski to hire Cintas to shred borough documents at a cost of $5.00 per box. All documents shredded will be non-essential and dated before the year 2000. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to open the Community Park on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. year round as per the request of the pastor of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to purchase playground equipment from Playtime Playground Equipment. Price not to exceed $10,000.00. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Orloski to either purchase a rubber surface or saw cut the blacktop and properly prepare the toddler playground area with stone, geotextile and mulch. Price not to exceed $6000.00. Roll Call: (5) yes. Marcinko explained that in the past, council had voted to remove and sell the skateboard equipment and had suggested the space be used for a toddler park. James Balchune questioned the warranty on the playground equipment by asking what was meant be lifetime warranty. Marcinko stated that the toddler area will be surfaced with rubber matting or mulch depending which was more economically feasible.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on April 9, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis, McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, neighborhood watch and recreation board. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

After the reading of the correspondence from Susan Kasteleba, Akulonis asked that the borough engineer, Mike Amato, check the exact measurements of the width of Donnelly Street at the intersection of Donnelly Street and Hallstead Street. Kasteleba insisted that the area along her wall on Donnelly Street was in the borough right-of-way and should have been paved when Donnelly Street was resurfaced.

Bids were now opened for the sale of the 1995 Ford borough dump truck:

Mike Veneziano          Bellefonte, Pa.                                $700.00

N & N Trucking          Duryea, Pa.                                     $995.00

Marriggi Industries     South Abington, Pa.                          $675.00

Bill Fells                   Covington Twp., Pa.                          $815.00

Hi-Way Auto             Pittston, Pa.                                    $735.00

Jason Dievenik                                                               $600.00

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to award the bid to N & N Trucking in the amount of $995.00 for the 1995 Ford Dump Truck. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Bids were now opened for the 2009 Centreville trailer:

Mike Veneziano           Bellefonte, Pa.                                  $1010.00

Marriggi Industries       South Abington, Pa.                           $850.00

Sulli Motors                Ambridge, Pa.                                   $429.00

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to reject all bids received for the 2009 Centreville trailer. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Bids were now opened for the resurfacing of Jones Street and Walnut Street:

American Asphalt, Shavertown……………………  $45,424.00

Smith Blacktopping, Plains ……………………….     67,725.00

Slusser Brothers, Pittston ………………………….     47,170.00

Stell Enterprises, Plains ……………………………    53,555.00

Popple Construction ……………………………….    61,240.00

Reading Materials ………………………………….   59,099.82

Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to award the bid to American Asphalt in the amount of $45,424.00 pending the approval of the borough engineer after he reviews the bids. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to approve the 2012 borough audit. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to accept the bid from Louis Romanelli in the amount of $35,000.00 for Lot  #1 on the corner of Jones Street and Grove Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to accept the bid from Joseph Bender in the amount of $30,000.00 for Lot #3 on Jones Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept the bid from Michael Bender in the amount of $30,000.00 for Lot #4 on Jones Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to purchase a 2013 Peterbilt chassis and 2013 Heil body for a new recycling truck in the amount of $214,980.00. Recycling grant money in the amount of $183,534.00 will be used towards the purchase of the new recycling truck and the balance of $31,446.00 will be paid with funds from the packer fund. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to allow the Youth Aid panel to meet in the borough building on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to have the borough workers hang the flags on Main Street for the Duryea Neighborhood Watch.  Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by McGlynn to designate Avoca Ambulance as the temporary primary ambulance provider for Duryea Borough.  Roll Call: (5) yes and (2) abstained- Orloski and Yager.Yager stated she abstained because she had received  complaints from Avoca residents who did not agree with Avoca Ambulance providing service to Duryea. When questioned by McGlynn why she abstained, Orloski stated she did not approve of the report from the committee that met with the various ambulance services. Mayor Moss stated having Avoca Ambulance provide service to Duryea is for the good of the community.

Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to unmark the Dodge Charger police car. Price is not to exceed $2000.00. If the amount exceeds $2000.00, council would have to approve the work. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Hanczyc made a motion to have a toddler park in area of the Community Park where the skateboard park had been. McGlynn questioned the cost and if the equipment was commercial grade. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to have a feasibility study to create the toddler park. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on March 12, 2013 with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis, and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: police, financial, and fire chief. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

One bid was received for sale of the four lots on Jones Street. Donna Tigue submitted a bid of $30,000.00 for lots 2, 3, and 4 but was only interested in purchasing one lot. Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to accept the bid from Donna Tigue in the amount of $30,000.00. She will be able to choose between lot 2, 3, or 4. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to advertise for sale without the bidding process the remaining three lots. The minimum price to be accepted for the lots will be a minimum of $35,000.00 for Lot 1 and $30,000.00 for the remaining two lots on Jones Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Council member Hanczyc left the meeting at this time.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to advertise for sale the Centreville trailer. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to advertise for bid the sale of the 1995 blue dump truck. Roll Call: (4) yes and (2) no- Akulonis and Groblewski.

Akulonis questioned majority council members where they were on February 26, 2013 and stated they violated the Sunshine Law by meeting and having a quorum. He stated he questioned the meeting since Marcinko had accused him of open meeting violations in previous years. Orloski stated the Sunshine Law is only violated if council members meet to make any kind of ruling without the public being present.

Orloski questioned if council knew about a paving issue on the corner of Hallstead and Donnelly Street. The resident claims that the paving of Hallstead Street should have been wider in the area of her property. Marcinko stated the borough engineer had surveyed the width of Hallstead Street at the time of the paving project and stated that was the correct width for that section of the street.

McGlynn stated Duryea Borough should maintain its own ambulance service and questioned if council could run the ambulance. The borough solicitor stated that under the borough code, the borough can financially support but not run the ambulance service. McGlynn stated the borough owns the ambulance building and should provide emergency service to the Duryea residents. Orloski had a company that would provide ambulance service for nothing if the borough provided the building. Attorney Frederickson will contact the solicitor for the Duryea ambulance to get information about the closing of the Duryea ambulance and will check with other companies to inquire about them providing service to Duryea Borough.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on February 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police and fire chief. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski to accept the resignation of John Bevilaqua as a part-time police officer. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to approve a change order for Pennsy Supply to resurface Elm Street. Cost will be $17,087.25. The project will be funded with Office of Community Development funds and general funds. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to authorize the borough engineer to advertise for bid the resurfacing of Jones Street and Walnut Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to approve Resolution 2013-5 by which Duryea Borough will re-advertise for bid the lots on Jones Street. Minimum bid will be $35,000.00 for Lot 1 and $30,000.00 for Lots 2,3, & 4. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Orloski to approve Resolution 2013-6 approving the easements for the Duryea Flood Protection Wall project. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to hire Andrew Mauer as a part-time street department worker to be called as needed with no guarantee of work. Roll Call: (5) no (2) yes- Akulonis and McGlynn. Orloski voted no due to the 2013 budget for the street department. Motion denied.

McGlynn questioned why the parks are closed during the winter months. A motion was previously passed to have the park open year round. After discussion, council agreed that during the winter months, the Healey Park will be opened from dusk to dawn and the Community Park will be opened from 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

McGlynn stated that Duryea Borough Council should purchase the property at 321 River Street so there is no problem with the signing of the easement for the flood protection project. He hopes there will not be an issue with the easement and the project is delayed.

Akulonis stated there were too many council members and the mayor on the Duryea Sewer Authority. The board should be a separate entity with different board members. He questioned the letter sent by the Duryea Sewer Authority regarding the $50.00 mandatory increase for insurance to repair the sewer lines from the house to the main line. The issue will be discussed at the next Duryea Sewer Authority meeting.

A discussion was held regarding the disbanding of the Duryea Ambulance Association. McGlynn stated council should look into the possibility of taking over the ambulance. Mayor Moss stated the ambulance will lose their license and certification and stated that since Duryea has not been able to handle calls the last few weeks, Avoca ambulance has been and will continue to provide full coverage for Duryea Borough. Both Groblewski and the Mayor stated they had asked for financial reports and had not received any answers.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on January 8, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski and Akulonis. Absent - McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police chief and fire chief. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to release Martin Hanczyc from his 2012 tax duplicate and authorize him to collect the 2013 property tax. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt Resolution 2013-1 which sets the contribution rate of 0% for the police pension fund. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2012-7 by which Duryea Borough will adopt the streets in Phase 5 of the Blueberry Hills development. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to adopt Resolution 2013-2 by which Duryea Borough enters into an agreement with Pisanchyn Inspection Services, LLC to perform inspection services and enforcement of the uniform construction code within Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to amend the previous motion that Duryea Borough will enter into the agreement with Pisanchyn Inspection Services, LLC after the borough solicitor reviews and approves the agreement. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Hanczyc to adopt Resolution 2013-3 which designates the westerly side of Shaft Street and the southerly side of Kramer Street as “No Parking Zones”. Roll Call: (5) yes and (1) no- Akulonis.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to adopt Resolution 2013-4 which establishes and sets forth fees to be charged by the Duryea Borough Police Department. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to authorize the borough engineer to design a storm water system on Kramer and Shaft Street. The storm system will be installed in conjunction with the sewer project. Roll Call: (6) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.


A special meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on December 18, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis, McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to adopt Resolution 2012-9 regarding the application of the 2013 Local Share Account in the amount of $206,748.00 to renovate the municipal building. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Hanczyc to adopt the 2013 budget. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on December 4, 2012 at 7:10 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, McGlynn, Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accepted the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, and crime watch. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to submit an application for the local share account funds for the renovations to the municipal building, including a handicap lift in the front entrance, handicap restrooms, new roof and carpeting throughout the building. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the resignation of Andrew Maurer as a part-time street department worker effective December 14, 2012. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to reappoint Wendy Radle to the Duryea Recreation Board. Her term will expire December 31, 2017. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to reappoint Lois Hanczyc to the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. Her term will expire December 31, 2017. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) abstained- Hanczyc. Akulonis questioned if having three council members on the sewer authority board was a conflict of interest since the sewer authority is supposed to be a separate entity. Attorney Frederickson stated it is not illegal, but does create some legal questions. However, the borough is ultimately responsible for the Duryea Sewer Authority.

Motion to table Ordinance 2012-7 by which Duryea Borough will adopt the streets in Phase 5 of the Blueberry Hills development. The attorney for the developer has not contacted the borough solicitor to verify that the necessary work has been completed on the storm drains in the streets to be adopted by the borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to accept the first reading of the proposed 2013 budget. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Carl Bechtold complained that there are many vehicles parked on borough streets that have illegal inspection stickers. He stated these cars should be towed. Mayor Moss will look into the law for the next meeting.

Joan Orloski questioned the correspondence requesting that the borough place “No parking” signs on one side of Shaft Street. There had been no parking on one side in the past, but the signs were removed. Chief Lohman had recommended the signs be replaced, but past council did not vote to take action on the replacement of the signs. The solicitor will draw up a resolution to have the “No parking” signs placed on Shaft Street.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on November 13, 2012 at 6:45 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Akulonis that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police chief, fire chief, neighborhood watch and recreation board.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to accept the resignation of Lois Hanczyc from the Duryea Recreation Board. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to appoint Ed Ameika to the Duryea Recreation Board due to the resignation of Lois Hanczyc. His term will expire December 31, 2014. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to approve the payment in the amount of $67,820.00 to Slusser Brothers for the resurfacing of Chittenden Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by McGlynn to accept Ordinance 2012-7 by which Duryea Borough will adopt the streets in Phase 5 of the Blueberry Hills Development contingent that the repair work on the streets is done to specification. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to approve a letter of intent from Duryea Borough to participate in a feasibility study regarding the regionalization of Duryea Borough with surrounding municipalities. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to promote Andrew Maurer from a part-time worker to a full-time worker in the street department. Roll Call: (5) no (2) yes- McGlynn and Akulonis.

The bids were opened for the Jones Street properties. Only one bid was received. Victor and Theresa Salidas submitted a bid of $50,000.00 for Lot 1. Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to accept the bid of $50,000.00 from Victor and Theresa Salidas for Lot 1 on Jones Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to re-advertise for bid the sale of Lots 2,3 & 4 in January. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to purchase twelve Brute garbage containers with lids for borough parks and Duryea Little League. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Mr. & Mrs. Ted Thomas, Donnelly Street, people not picking up after their dogs and also about the deplorable condition of the house next to their property. The house is vacant and is a disgrace.
Johanna Yachna, Chittenden Street, complained about ATV’s on the street and the mold in two houses near their house.

James Plisga also complained about the condition of vacant properties in the flood area, including the property at the corner of Walnut and Main Street and the backyard of 111-113 Chittenden Street, especially the swimming pool. Chief Lohman stated that swimming pools are not covered under the borough ordinance and requested that the nuisance ordinance should be revised to include swimming pools.

Tony Zuchinski, Chittenden Street, asked if the revisions have been completed on the landlord ordinance.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:42p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on October 9, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, recreation and neighborhood watch. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2012-6 which amends those sections and adding and modifying benefits as provided in Act 30 of 2002 for the police pension fund. The ordinance amends several provisions of Act 600 and amends Ordinance 2004-4. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to table proposed Ordinances 2012-7 and 2012-8 for further study. Ordinance 2012-7 establishes a registration program for residential rental properties, requiring the appointment of an agent for out of town landlords, prescribing duties of owners and occupants and penalties for violation. Ordinance 2012-8 provides for the inspection of dwellings and buildings prior to renting, leasing, changes in residence and occupancy. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the resignation of Edwin Weidow as a part-time police officer for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to authorize the borough manager to sign the police car loan documents with Penn Security Bank. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to close Wright Street for the Halloween parade as per the request of the Duryea Recreation Board. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Jeff Pisanchyn, the Duryea building inspector, explained what would be inspected in rental properties as per Ordinance 2012-8. The inspections would be done in accordance with the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code. There are 14 points on the inspection checklist that are basically for the safety of the renter and homeowner when a new tenant moves into an apartment.

McGlynn questioned why the skateboard ramps were removed from the park. Yager stated that council voted over a year ago to remove the skateboard equipment from the park. McGlynn stated that the ramps were quickly removed after Orloski brought up at last month’s meeting to possibly re-open the skateboard park. Ellen Velehoski stated the skateboard park was placed in the new park without a council vote and that no one on the recreation board wanted it. She stated that council and the recreation board go out of the way for the kids, and now should work towards a united goal, such as a soccer field.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Groblewski second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 9:10p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on September 11, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was present. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire, neighborhood watch and recreation board. Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2012-4 which regulates the disbursement of gasoline from gas stations directly to engine powered vehicles. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to adopt Ordinance 2012-5 which establishes the fines and penalties for parking violations in Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to accept Ordinance 2012-6 which amends those sections and adding and modifying benefits as provided in Act 30 of 2002 for the police pension fund. The ordinance amends several provisions of Act 600 and amends Ordinance 2004-4. The ordinance will be legally advertise to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to accept Ordinance 2012-7 which establishes a registration program for residential rental properties, requiring the appointment of an agent for out of town landlords, prescribing duties of owners and occupants and the penalties for violation. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to accept Ordinance 2012-8 which provides for the inspection of dwellings and buildings prior to renting, leasing, changes in residence and occupation. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski to adopt Resolution 2012-6 which authorizes the appointment of the borough manager as a liaison between Duryea Borough and Berkheimer, the duly appointed collector of earned income tax for the district, for the express purpose of sharing confidential tax information with the district for official purposes. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to adopt Resolution 2012-7 authorizing and empowering the local tax collector, Berkheimer, to impose and return costs of collection on delinquent taxes. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to adopt Resolution 2012-8 which provides for the selling of four borough lots on Jones Street. Minimum bid must be $35,000.00 for lots #2,3 & 4 and $40,000.00 for lot #1. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by McGlynn to accept the minimum municipal obligation reports for the police pension and non-uniform pension plans for 2013. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to accept the resignation of Ann Levandoski from the Duryea Recreation Board. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to accept the resignation of Thomas Hughes as a part-time police officer for the Duryea Police Department. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Hanczyc to buy a used 2003 Crown Victoria car “as is” from Blakely Borough in the amount of $1000.00. All certified fire police will be able to drive the fire police car. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to appoint Rose Zaino to the Duryea Recreation Board. She will replace Ann Levandoski and her term will expire December 31, 2015. Roll Call: (7) yes. McGlynn suggested all six residents interested in serving on the Duryea Recreation Board should be appointed.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to appoint Wendy Radle to the Duryea Recreation Board. She will replace Barbara Kapish and her term will expire December 31, 2012. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on August 14, 2012 at 7:55 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police chief, fire chief, neighborhood watch, and recreation board. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept Ordinance 2012-4 which regulates the disbursement of gasoline from gas stations directly to engine powered vehicles. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to accept Ordinance 2012-5 which establishes the fines and penalties for parking violations in Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to pay Slusser Brothers in the amount of $158,990.50 for the resurfacing of borough streets as per Penn Eastern Engineers. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to authorize an appraisal of the four borough lots on Jones Street that will be sold by the borough. Roll Call: (7) yes. The lots will be sold individually and bidding will be by a sealed bid with the minimum amount being the appraised value of each property.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to hire Andrew Maurer as a full-time street department worker. (5) no (2) yes- Akulonis and McGlynn. Orloski stated she did not have information regarding the hiring of a full-time worker and Yager stated that Louis Radle should be hired before Maurer if a full-time job was available. Marcinko stated the union would have to be contacted regarding any hiring of a full-time street department worker.

Motion by Akulonis second by Orloski to authorize the sale of the old borough snow plow in the amount of $75.00. Roll Call: (6) yes (1) abstained- McGlynn.

Motion by Orloski second by Hanczyc to have the borough engineer arrange to have core samples done on the streets in Phase V of Blueberry Hills in order to begin the process of adoption of these streets by Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Hanczyc authorizing a letter be sent to DEP as per the request of the LLVSA requesting that the fines not be charged to the LLVSA due to the flood causing a delay in the construction of the sewer plant renovations. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to approve an extension of the labor agreement with the Duryea Police Union until 2016, with a wage re-opener retroactive to January 2012, upon the terms and conditions agreed upon by Duryea Borough and the Duryea Police Union negotiations. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Mayor Moss stated that the fire police still need a car and the fire police will not operate after September 1st without a vehicle. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to acquire three quotes for the salvage of the old fire police car and to have the proceeds to go towards the purchase another fire police car not to exceed $5000.00. Roll Call: (7) yes. Council agreed that the fire police can temporarily use the buildings and grounds car until funds are available to purchase a car.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to open the skateboard park but do not allow bikes. Roll Call: (3) yes- Akulonis, McGlynn and Orloski (3) no- Groblewski, Hanczyc and Yager (1) abstained- Marcinko. Motion denied. Orloski stated that the recreation board is in charge, but hoped they would consider re-opening the skate board park. McGlynn stated the skateboard park provided a safe place for skateboarders. Ellen Velehoski, a recreation board member, stated the skateboard park was being used by many skateboarders over twenty years old and were not from Duryea. She stated school is starting and there is not enough supervision and the police department had issues with the skate board park that should be considered. Chief Lohman agreed that Duryea children were not a problem, but most of the skateboarders were not from Duryea. When the skateboard park was open, there were more bikes. The bikes would be parked on the walking trail and damage the walking trail. He had no complaints from residents about skateboarding on private property. Hanczyc stated many towns are closing their skate board parks because of problems associated with the parks.

Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to purchase a bike rack for the Healey playground. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to purchase a roller from Medico Industries in the amount of $14,625.00. Roll Call: (5) no and (2) yes- Akulonis and McGlynn. Motion denied. Marcinko stated there is no funding right now to purchase a roller. Rose Rava suggested looking for a used roller or exploring other options. Groblewski stated the street department needs tar buggy more than a roller to seal the joints in the borough streets. Mayor Moss stated the department needs the roller to patch the potholes the right way.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Orloski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 9:15p.m.
 


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on July 10, 2012 at 8:05 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (5) Council members present- Marcinko, Yager, Hanczyc, Akulonis and McGlynn. Absent- Orloski and Groblewski. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (5) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that all bills, wags, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (5) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire, recreation board, crime watch. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to accept Ordinance 2012-3, the Duryea Borough Floodplain Ordinance. Roll Call: (5) yes.

The Duryea Recreation Board sent a proposal to council requesting the removal of Barbara Kapish from the board. Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to remove Barbara Kapish from the Duryea Recreation Board. Roll Call: (3) yes and (1) no- McGlynn and (1) abstained- Akulonis.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to advertise for any resident interested in being appointed on the recreation board to replace Barbara Kapish. Roll Call: (5) yes.

The Duryea Recreation Board will review the applicants and make a recommendation to council regarding the appointment to the recreation board.

Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to approve Michael Rosemellia to attend school for his firearm’s certification to become an instructor. Officer Rosemellia will have no out of pocket expense for the training during October 8-12, 2012. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Council tabled the purchase of a roller for the street department until three bids are received for the purchase.

A letter will be sent to Lowe’s asking for a donation of refuse cans for the two borough parks and Duryea Little League fields.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on June 12, 2012 at 7:20 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Absent- Orloski. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Yager second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire, recreation board, crime watch. Motion by Hanczyc second by McGlynn that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2012-3, the Duryea Flood Plain Ordinance, and have the ordinance legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to have the borough manager apply for a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for a new recycling packer fueled by natural gas. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to no longer retain the law firm of Ufberg & Associates, LLP as the labor counsel for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (4) yes and (2) no- Akulonis and McGlynn. Akulonis voted no because he stated Attorney Ufberg had much more experience than Attorney Walsh.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to hire the law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC as the legal counsel for Duryea Borough. Attorney Jennifer Walsh is an attorney of the law firm. Roll Call: (4) yes and (2) no- Akulonis and McGlynn.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to approve the revised emergency action plan for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to place a handicap sign at the property at 711 Foote Avenue at the request of the resident. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to approve the use of the Healey Playground for the CEO free meal program for children during the months of the program. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to accept the resolution designating the Pittston Library as the head library for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (6) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on May 8, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis, McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager that bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire chief, recreation board and Neighborhood Watch. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.
Motion to adopt Resolution 2012-4 which names Frank Groblewski as the primary representative, Audrey Marcinko as the first alternate and Lois Morreale as the second alternate as representatives to the Greater Pittston Regional Compost Commission. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to purchase a new police car as per specifications by Chief Lohman and not to exceed $40,000.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion to have the street department maintain the grass at the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority pumping station twice a month at no cost to the sewer authority. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to purchase a 18 foot, 14,000 lb. Trailer for the street department at a cost of $4495.00 plus the purchase of a set back jack, an A-frame tongue tool box, spring assisted ramps and an adjustable cast iron coupler. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to have Chief Lohman and Street Supervisor Gino Marriggi attend the council meeting with pay to be able to answer questions from council members and residents. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Mayor Moss stated the Duryea Fire Police need a fire police vehicle and asked council to consider providing them with a vehicle.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on April 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (5) yes and (2) no- Akulonis and McGlynn. Akulonis and McGlynn did not like way the minutes were written regarding the Railroad Street project. Akulonis asked the solicitor if he checked into the legality of Marcinko undertaking the project without all of council knowing about the project. Akulonis also asked if the council members who ratified the bills could be held accountable if the project was illegal. Solicitor Frederickson said there was nothing criminal and council members approved the project by ratifying all the bills related to the project. Akulonis stated she should have called a special meeting. Yager questioned when he was council president and a dump truck was purchased without a special meeting and Marcinko questioned why the pavilion was never inspected. Hanczyc stated the issue has been brought up numerous times and is resolved. Motion by Hanczyc second by Akulonis that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: police, fire, financial, recreation and neighborhood watch and Dupont compost facility meeting. Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to accept the 2011 audit as read. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to hire Eugene Marriggi as the full-time supervisor of streets. Hourly rate will be $15.00 per hour with benefits pending the results of his physical and drug test. Roll Call: (4) yes- Marcinko-Yager, Orloski and Hanczyc (2) abstained- Groblewski and Akulonis (1) no- McGlynn. Groblewski stated he abstained because he was not present for the interview and hiring process. Akulonis and McGlynn stated they do not have all the questions answered and no written response from Attorney Walsh. Akulonis questioned the financial situation of the borough that council cannot buy a police car, but can hire a street supervisor. Marcinko stated that Councilman Groblewski does a good job every morning when he goes to the borough garage, but the street department needs full-time supervision because of the number of complaints received. She stated the position is non-union and is a working supervisor.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to purchase a new police car, not to exceed $40,000.00 in price. Chief Lohman, Mayor and Councilman McGlynn will decide the model and specifications of the car. Council stated Chief Lohman should give a written statement about the police car he would like purchased. A discussion followed regarding who would decide and what type of car to purchase. Roll Call: (5) no- Marcinko, Yager, Orloski, Hanczyc, and Groblewski (2) yes- Akulonis and McGlynn. Motion denied.

McGlynn requested that council consider buying a set of forks for the skid steer and a trailer to haul the borough equipment. He asked that the specifications and pricing be ready for the next council meeting.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Hanczyc to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:00p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on March 13, 2012 at 6:50 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Groblewski second by Akulonis to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (5) yes (2) yes on all except the bills related to the Railroad Street project- Akulonis and McGlynn. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire, recreation board, and crime watch. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

McGlynn questioned the borough solicitor if Council President had the authority to complete the Railroad Street project on her own. . Akulonis questioned that if the other council members were not informed, Marcinko illegally approved the project.

Frederickson stated that council members had the option not to vote for the bills from the project, but opted to pay the bills. Therefore, the project is approved and financed.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to purchase recycling containers from Orbis Corporation. Cost will be approximately $25,300.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to waive all Duryea Borough building permits for the LLVSA expansion project. Roll Call: (4) yes- Marcinko, Hanczyc, Groblewski and Akulonis (3) abstained- Orloski, Yager and McGlynn- McGlynn abstained because he is employed by LLVSA. Yager and Orloski questioned Mr. McDermott’s statement that Duryea Borough would not receive the annual funding that all the towns receive from LLVSA if Duryea charged the building permit. LLVSA will still be responsible for inspection fees to MDIA.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to purchase a carport building to be placed behind the borough garage to store the trailer with sandbags. Cost of the building is approximately $4500.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to interview to hire a supervisor for the street department in conjunction with the Luzerne County Workforce. The job will be a full-time management position as per the job description printed and held in the borough manager’s office. Hourly rate will be $15.00. Roll Call: (5) yes and (2) no- Akulonis and McGlynn. Akulonis and McGlynn both stated more thought should have been given to this position.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to buy a new police car not to exceed $40,000.00. Council had submitted a grant for the purchase of a new police car and would wait for a decision on the gaming grant funding.

Groblewski publicly thanked Duryea Realty for allowing Duryea Borough to dump the borough yard waste on their property for many years and asked that a letter of thanks be sent to Duryea Realty.

Yager thanked Jerry and Barbara Shock for donating 650 ton of dirt for the Railroad Street project.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:45p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on February 14, 2012 at 7:30p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire chief, neighborhood watch and recreation board. Motion by Akulonis second by Hanczyc that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Hanczyc to accept a resolution by which Duryea Borough enters into an on the job training master agreement with the Luzerne /Schuylkill Work Force Investment Board. Roll Call: (7) yes.
Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2012-2 which designates an account with the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT) as the depository for the borough earned income tax. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt the resolution naming James Brozena, the executive director of the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, as the agent to represent Duryea Borough for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Hanczyc to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Dupont, Avoca, Pittston, Jenkins, Hughestown and Laflin to create the Greater Pittston Regional Compost Commission. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to appoint Frank Groblewski as the Duryea representative and Audrey Marcinko as the alternate representative to the Greater Pittston Regional Compost Commission. Roll Call: (7).
Motion by Orloski second by Hanczyc to hire Charles Swisher, Old Forge, as a part-time police officer as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman. Hourly wage will be $11.25 per hour and a maximum of 24 hours per week. He will be called as needed with guarantee of hours. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to hire John Bevilaqua, Dallas, as a part-time police officer as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman. Hourly wage will be $11.25 per hour and a maximum of 24 hours per week. He will be called as needed with no guarantee of work. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to hire Donald MacRae III, Duryea, as a part-time police officer as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman. He will be available for work once he has passed his M.P.O.E.T.C. exam after his successful completion of the police academy. Hourly wage will be $11.25 per hour and a maximum of 24 hours per week. He will be called as needed with no guarantee of hours. Roll Call: (7) yes.
Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to open both borough parks now with the following hours. The Healey Park will be open dawn to dusk and the Community Park will be open 7:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. daily. The Duryea Police will open and close the park. These hours are in effect until the spring. Roll Call: (4) yes- Marcinko, Orloski, McGlynn and Akulonis. (2) no- Hanczyc and Yager (1) abstained- Groblewski.

McGlynn questioned when the storm water pipe project was awarded on Railroad Street and questioned why he was not made aware of the project until almost completed.

Marcinko stated she was responsible for the project. Akulonis stated she had criticized him in the past for not informing all of council and she did the same thing. He also complained that the concrete barrier along the Lackawanna River was placed without council’s approval. Funds are not being reimbursed from FEMA for the $20,000.00 barrier project and now the borough will have to pay fines to Reading & Northern because the project was done without the proper approvals. Solicitor stated there is a pending survey regarding the Railroad Street project.

With further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:30p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on January 10, 2012 at 7:50p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Hanczyc, Groblewski, McGlynn. Absent- Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Groblewski second by Hanczyc to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Yager second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available: Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, recreation and crime watch. Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to release Martin Hanczyc from his 2011 tax duplicate and authorize him to collect the 2012 property tax. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by McGlynn to adopt Resolution 2012-1, which sets the contribution rate of 0% for the police pension fund. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2012-2 which authorizes the designation of an account with the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT) as the depository for the earned income tax collected by the Don Wilkinson Agency for Duryea Borough. The ordinance will be advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to reappoint Keith Moss to the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. His term will expire December 31, 2016. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by McGlynn to reappoint Ann Levandoski to the Duryea Recreation Board. Her term will expire December 31, 2015. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to reappoint Ellen Velehoski to the Duryea Recreation Board. Her term will expire December 31, 2016. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to designate the terms of the two recreation board members appointed at the October council meeting. The term of Robert Cappelloni will expire December 31, 2015 and Mary Ann Cappelloni will be December 31, 2016. Travis Firestone will not be on the Duryea Recreation Board because he is no longer a Duryea resident. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Hanczyc second by Yager to open the police contract, but limited to wages and the contract expiration date. Roll Call: (4) yes (2) no- Groblewski and McGlynn. Both stated that the police contract should be followed as negotiated at the time.

Motion by McGlynn to open the park from 7:00a.m.-9:00p.m.during the winter months and 7:00a.m.-10:00p.m.during the summer months. No second. Motion denied.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Yager second by Hanczyc to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


The re-organization meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on January 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Mayor Moss presiding. The meeting opened with a pledge to the flag.

Newly elected council members were sworn in. Judge Rogers administered the oath of office to Audrey Yager, Judge Sklarosky to Lois Hanczyc and Judge Pierantoni to Al Akulonis.

Mayor Moss appointed Lois Morreale as the temporary secretary of the re-organization meeting. An attendance roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Yager, Orloski, Hanczyc, Groblewski, McGlynn and Akulonis. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to nominate Audrey Marcinko as chairman of council. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to nominate Joan Orloski as the vice-chairman of council. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Hanczyc to reappoint Lois Morreale as borough manager. Roll Call: (7) yes.
Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to reappoint Attorney Donald Frederickson as the borough solicitor. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to reappoint Penn Eastern Engineers as the borough engineer. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to appoint Jeff Hughes as the borough fire chief and Joseph Bender as the assistant fire chief. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that the Duryea Branch of Penn Security Bank be named as the depository for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that the regular monthly work session of the Duryea Borough Council will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30p.m. with the meeting immediately following the work session on the same evening. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
 


 A special meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on December 20, 2011 at 6:00p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (5) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski and Brosso. Akulonis and McGlynn were absent.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to accept the 2012 budget. Roll Call: (5) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:15p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on December 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken (7) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, McGlynn and Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as read. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Akulonis that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, recreation board and crime watch. Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. McGlynn questioned why the park is closed when the weather is fine.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to submit an application for local share account funds (gaming grant) for:
1. Schott research and technology development in the amount of $500,000.00 for 2012 and 2013
2. Funding for a new police car and municipal building improvements.
Joanne Van Ness questioned if there were any pollution concerns regarding the project. Eric Urruti of Schott stated the project is self-contained and there is no local disposal.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
 


A special meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on December 7, 2011 at 6:15p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (5) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Brosso and Groblewski. Absent- Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Orloski second by Marcinko to accept the proposed 2011 Budget as read. Roll Call: (5) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on November 15, 2011 at 7:15 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Brosso, Groblewski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, recreation board. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to pay Slusser Brother Inc. in the amount of $363,774.50 for the paving of Curry, Barnum, Miller, Donnelly, Bowen, Hallstead, and Marcy Street. Funds for payment will be from the local share account. The remaining amount of $262,822.00 will be used to complete streets in the flood damaged area- Chittenden, Church, Lackawanna, and Pettebone Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:40p.m.


 

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on October 12, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis, McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, recreation and crime watch. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to hire Nickolas Brown as a temporary emergency flood worker. Hourly wage will be $9.75 per hour. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso to pay Smart Recycling Inc. in the amount of $31,130.00 for the demolition, disposal and site clearance of property located at 410 Jones Street in Duryea Borough pending the approval of the Borough Engineer Michael Amato. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso to accept the names submitted by the Duryea Recreation Board to be placed on the Duryea Recreation Board. The additional members of the recreation board will be Mary Ann Cappelloni, Robert Cappelloni and Travis Firestone. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Lois Hanczyc, Main Street, stated she was in flood and lost every thing. She said people had choices to make and most people including herself did nothing when the evacuation notices at noon, 3:00p.m. and 5:30p.m. stating a mandatory evacuation at 8:00. She thanked everyone who helped the flood victims.

Amy Hughes, Main Street stated the evacuation was voluntary and sewer back-up caused a lot of damage. Council commented that they were amazed by the number of volunteers from many hose companies.

Mrs. Britton, 702 Main Street,  complained about rats and skunks coming from adjoining rear property at 700 Main Street and asked that the police department have the property cleaned up.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned ay 8:35p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on September 13, 2011 at 8:50 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Councilmembers present : Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to accept the minimum municipal obligation reports for the police pension and non-uniform pension plans for 2012. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Brosso to hire Richard Hall, Paul Reap, Thomas Reap and Fred Diriwachter as temporary emergency flood workers. Hourly wage will be $9.75 per hour. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on August 9, 2011 at 7:15p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was present. With a quorum, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Brosso that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) Yes. Motion by Yager second by Akulonis that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police chief, and neighborhood watch. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2011-5 which amends the recreation board ordinance by increasing the number of board members from five to seven members. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2011-6, the pawn shop Ordinance. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2011-7, the Fireworks Ordinance. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Bids were opened for the $500,000.00 paving project.
Slusser Brothers, Pittston ………………………………………….$626,596.50
Popple Construction, Laflin ……………………………………….$651,663.00
American Asphalt, Shavertown …………………………………...$689,691.50

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to award the bid to Slusser Brothers in the amount of $614,104.00, depending on the review of bids and recommendation of the borough engineer. Award of bid included the deletion of line #3. Funds used for the project include $500,000.00 from the local share account program, $100,000.00 from the Community Development Block Grant program, and $14,104.00 from the general fund. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to accept the resignation of Robert Leombruni as a Duryea Borough part-time police officer effective September 1, 2011. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to hire Andrew Maurer as a part-time street department worker. Roll Call: (4) no- Marcinko, Orloski, Yager and Groblewski. (3) yes- Akulonis, Brosso and McGlynn. Motion denied. Council members voted no because standard operating procedure for hiring employees was not followed.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on July 12, 2011 at 7:20 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (5) Council members present: Marcinko, Yager, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Absent- Orloski and Groblewski. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (5) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (5) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, recreation, and neighborhood watch. Motion by Brosso second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Chairwoman Marcinko stated that since every public official is responsible for decision making, she made a motion that all public officials should be subject to a random drug test. Solicitor Frederickson said that council cannot make public officials take random drug tests.
Motion by Yager second by Brosso to adopt Ordinance 2011-4, the Duryea Borough Stormwater Ordinance. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to accept Ordinance 2011-5 which amends the recreation board ordinance by amending the number and term of the members of the recreation board. The number of recreation board members will be increased from five to seven members. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (5) yes.

There were no bids received for the sale of the 1999 Ford Crown Victoria police car. Motion by Yager second by Akulonis to sell the car for scrap. Three bids for selling the car for scrap will be received and the car will be sold to the highest bidder. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to accept the resignation of Andrew Ryzner as a part-time Duryea Borough street department worker. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to have the borough solicitor do a title search to determine who owns the alley between Marcy Street and Swetland Street. (3) no- Marcinko, Brosso and Yager (2) yes- Akulonis and McGlynn. Motion denied.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to accept Ordinance 2011-6 the Pawn Shop Ordinance. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to accept Ordinance 2011-7, the Fireworks Ordinance. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Yager second by McGlynn to advertise for a part-time street department laborer. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to advertise for a part-time police officer. Roll Call: (5) yes.
With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on June 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, recreation, and crime watch. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Akulonis to accept Ordinance 2011-4, the stormwater management ordinance, and to have the ordinance legally advertise to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.
Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to pay American Asphalt in the amount of $325,680.00 for the paving of borough streets. Funds for payment are $200,000.00 from the local share account and $125,680.40 from liquid fuels. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Brosso to place “Children at Play” signs on Spring Street as per the request of the resident. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to place a handicap parking sign at 529 Adams Street as per the request of the resident. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to advertise for bid the sale of the 1999 Ford Crown Victoria police car. The car will be sold “as is” with no warranty. All police equipment will be removed. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to amend the park ordinance. The age limit for unsupervised children shall be raised from six to ten years old and the sign shall reflect the change. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to amend the recreation board ordinance. The number of members on the recreation board shall be increased from five to seven members. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to authorize the police department to sell their three bikes at a minimum price of $300.00. If not, the bikes will be advertised for sale. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to enter into an agreement with the Pittston Township Firemen stating that Duryea Borough will collect the garbage from the fair at a daily rate of $125.00 plus costs. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) no- Groblewski.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to appoint Keith Moss to the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. He will replace Alfred Akulonis Jr. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Akulonis requested that the skateboard park be reopened. Skateboarders are skating on the tables because they cannot use the ramps in the park. Brosso complained about the bicycles in the park.

Joseph Demich, Swetland Street, stated he had presented to council in 2009, a petition of twenty signatures of residents requesting that the alley between Marcy Street and Swetland Street be paved. Since the ownership of the alley is unknown, he requested that a title search should be completed to determine if the borough owns the alley. He suggested when the borough receives funding to pave the borough streets, one alley should be paved at a time.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Brosso to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on May 10, 2011 at 7:20 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis, and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Brosso second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire chief, recreation board, and crime watch. Motion by McGlynn second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to award the contract of the demolition of the silk mill on Jones Street to Smart Recycling Company in the amount of $31,130.00 Work includes demolition, site preparation and installation of sewer laterals. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) no-McGlynn.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to accept the resignation of Al Akulonis Jr. from the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to pay Multiscape the final amount of $9,893.85 for work completed on the pavilion: gutters and downspouts, spray coating of water seal on the underside of the roof, and retainage from previous invoice. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Brosso to continue to retain the law firm of Ufberg Sileo until December 31, 2014. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to advertise for bid the resurfacing of borough streets with the $500,000.00 funding from the local share account grant pending the receipt of an executed agreement. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis to purchase a sign which shows the speed of motor vehicles. No second.

Motion by Akulonis to waive all building permit fees for the LLVSA so the ratepayers do not have to pay the increased cost of the permits for the construction. No second. Yager and Orloski need to get more information.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to have solicitor research an ordinance banning bath salts and synthetic marijuana. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to have the solicitor research an ordinance regarding pawn shops. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Mr. Armitage, 1320 Main Street, again questioned who is responsible for paying for the sewer lateral from the curb to the main. Solicitor Frederickson stated it is the responsibility of the homeowner if the sewer lateral is blocked or broke from the house to the main line.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Groblewski second by Brosso to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on April 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Mayor Keith Moss honored Excelsior Fireman Frank Dushko, Avoca Police Officer James Graham and Avoca resident Jim McDermott for their heroic action during a recent house fire on McAlpine Street.

Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Brosso that all correspondence with the exception of the LLVSA correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes (1) yes but abstained on the LLVSA correspondence- McGlynn (1) no- Akulonis stated council should accept and not have to table the correspondence from LLVSA which requests that council waive the building permit fee of approximately $10,000.00 for the LLVSA expansion project. The motion was tabled until a meeting is held with LLVSA and Jeff Pisanchyn to discuss the matter. Motion by Brosso second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, fire, neighborhood watch and recreation board. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Bids were opened for the demolition of the silk mill on Jones Street:
Bidder Base Bid Alternate Bid Total
North Penn Distributors, Dunmore 58,400.00 7,200.00 65,600.00
Bejeski Construction, Avoca 64,400.00 10,000.00 74,400.00
Brdaric Excavating, Luzerne 38,300.00 10,000.00 48,300.00
Multiscape, Pittston 43,651.00 10,000.00 53,651.00
Artistic Excavating, Dunmore 48,898.00 16,000.00 64,898.00
Smart Recycling, Dunmore 24,450.00 6,680.00 31,130.00
Shea Industries, Clarks Summit 53,313.00 7,823.00 61,136.00
Stell Enterprises, Plains 35,370.00 19,200.00 54,570.00
Empire Wrecking Co., Reading 96,338.00 8,094.00 109,432.00
T. Brennan, Carbondale 54,900.00 7,000.00 61,900.00
 
Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to table all bids for further review. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to accept the 2010 Duryea Borough Audit. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Brosso to accept a donation of $500.00 from Lorrain Harmonas Henrich for a flower gardening contest in memory of John Harmonas. The contest will be scheduled by the Duryea Recreation Board and two prizes of $250.00 each will be awarded for best annual and perennial garden. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to approve the Resolution 2011-4 which creates the position of a street commissioner for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) no- Akulonis..

Mr. Armitage, 1320 Main Street, explained that his sewer lateral is blocked Because the problem is under a Penn Dot highway, the repair will be costly. He complained that the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority should pay for repairs from the main sewer line to the curb and the resident should only have to pay for work from the house to the curb. Chairman Marcinko stated the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority would be setting a precedent if the sewer authority paid for a blockage in their lateral from the main to the curb.

Al Akulonis submitted a letter of resignation as a member of the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority.

Lucille Maziarz, 321 Edward Street, questioned the illegal dumping on Duryea Realty property behind the Stephenson Street bridge. She questioned who gave permission to dump yard waste on the property.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on March 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion By McGlynn second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Brosso that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, code enforcement and fire. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to accept Resolution 2011-3 which opposes the proposed cuts to the Community Development Block Grant Program by the federal government. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Bids were opened for the resurfacing of borough streets with the $200,000.00 funding from the local share account grant. The streets include Hope Street, South Street, Wood Street, Wright Street, Mitchell Street, Jenkins Street, Constitution Avenue and Miner’s Court:

Bidder Total Bid
American Asphalt, 500 Chase Rd., Shavertown $322,304.00
Pikes Creek, 528 Trojan Rd., Hunlocks Creek $404,540.00
Minichi, Inc., 453 Ziegler St., Dupont $534,151.00
Pennsy Supply, 1001 Paxton Rd. Harrisburg $366,552.00
Popple Construction, 215 E. Saylor Ave, Laflin $395,700.00


Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to table all bids for further study by the borough engineer. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to have the borough solicitor look into a part-time street department supervisor position. Probationary period will be a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 6 months. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) no- Akulonis.

Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to purchase tables and benches for the new pavilion from Playworld in the amount of $8788.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on February 8, 2011 at 7:40 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial and police. Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2011-2 by which Duryea Borough adopts Boylan Drive. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2011-3 which raises the health coverage cap for non-uniform employees to $325.00 per month. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to adopt Resolution 2011-2 by which Duryea Borough accepts a delinquent real estate tax settlement proposal from the estate of Kenneth Nowakowski in the amount of $14,322.07. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to advertise for bid the resurfacing of borough streets with the $200,000.00 funding from the local share account grant. The streets include Hope Street, South Street, Wood Street, Wright Street, Mitchell Street, Constitution Avenue and Miner’s Court. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Marcinko stated a fund has been set up at Wachovia Bank for house fire victim on McAlpine Street. Mayor Moss stated he would like to honor Avoca Police Officer Graham, Duryea firemen Frank Dushko and Avoca resident Jim McDermott who assisted during the fire.

Akulonis stated that Duryea Borough has not had representation at LLVSA meetings since the illness of Al Rava. Marcinko will check on the status of Rava’s health.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on January 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Akulonis, McGlynn. Absent: Brosso. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, and fire. Motion by Yager second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Audrey Marcinko stated that Duryea Borough could take the recyclables to another location in Wilkes-Barre and be paid for the recyclables. However, concerns were expressed that loads might be rejected because recyclables were not prepared properly. Council decided to continue taking the recyclables to the Lackawanna Recycling Center.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to accept Ordinance 2011-3 which amends Ordinance 2009-3. The borough provides major medical coverage for each full-time employee and will increase the monthly amount not to exceed $325.00. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to release Martin Hanczyc from his 2010 tax duplicate and authorize him to collect the 2011 property tax. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to adopt Resolution 2011-1 which sets the contribution rate at 0% for the police pension fund. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to authorize the borough engineer to advertise for bid the demolition of the silk mill on Jones Street. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Orloski to ratify the one-year agreement with Alliance Landfill for the disposal of Duryea Municipal refuse at the rate of $51.00 per ton. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Akulonis to place a handicap sign at 104 Chittenden Street as per the request of the resident. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to purchase the land in the 600 block of Main Street at a price of $7000.00 pending the approval of the solicitor. Roll Call: (4) yes and (2) no- McGlynn and Akulonis.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to place the skateboard park on the land being purchased on Main Street. Roll Call: (4) no and (2) yes- McGlynn and Akulonis. Orloski voted no because the solicitor has not yet approved the purchase.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on December 14, 2010 at 7:50 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. Before the meeting began, Duryea Borough Council honored Edmund Viadock for their fifty years of service as a firefighter in Duryea Borough. The meeting began with a pledge to the flag and a roll call was taken : (6) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, McGlynn. Absent- Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Brosso second by Orloski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police chief, code enforcement, crime watch, and recreation board. Motion by Orloski second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to adopt the proposed 2011 budget. Roll Call: (5) yes and (1) no- McGlynn. McGlynn stated that council said they would look at the budget and the possibility of purchasing a new police car. He recommended $12,000.00 per year be allocated towards a three year loan for a new police car.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2011-2 by which Duryea Borough adopts Boylan Drive. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to allow Cathy Connors to hold a two day seminar for the child passenger technician update course in the Duryea Borough building in late February/March. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to pay Rutkowski Fence in the amount of $25,597.50 for the installation of the fence around the park pending the correction of minor repairs. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Brosso second by Groblewski to have jake brake signs placed at the entrances into Duryea Borough to enforce Ordinance 2001-7.. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to apply for a local share account grant in the amount of $500,000.00 for the paving of borough streets. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to hire Michael Sherlinski as a part-time police officer as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman. Hourly rate is $11.25 per hour and hours worked are not to exceed 24 hours. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by McGlynn to amend the Health Insurance Ordinance by increasing the cap paid by Duryea Borough to $325.00. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to reappoint Audrey Marcinko to the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. Her term will expire December 31, 2015. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to have the solicitor do a title search on the property in the 600 block of Main Street being sold for $7000.00. Roll Call: (5) yes (1) no- McGlynn. McGlynn and the Mayor asked if council would buy a new police car instead of the land. Orloski said there is not much land in the borough and the original asking price was $14,000.00.

Council decided the lights would be off in the new park from dusk to dawn and the park would be closed depending on the weather.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Orloski second by Brosso to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
 


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on November 9, 2010 at 7:30p.m. in the borough building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was present. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept the minutes as presented. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, code enforcement, fire, recreation board and crime watch. Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Council suggested that the recreation board and the neighborhood watch should co-ordinate the scheduling of events. Council requested a financial report from the recreation board and will be audited annually by the borough auditors.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to pay $55,778.40 to Multiscape Inc. for the work completed on the park pavilion. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to assemble the swing set in the new park as soon as arrangements can be made. The Duryea High School Class of 1953 will donate $2850.00 towards the cost of the swing set. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by McGlynn to approve the request from Holy Rosary School to hold a 5K run and a 1 mile family fun walk on Saturday, April 16, 2011, as a fund raiser for the school. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to purchase carpeting for the offices of the Duryea Police Department from H&N Floor Covering. Cost will be $2337.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to borrow $34,935.00 to purchase a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria police car. The loan would be for thirty six months. Roll Call: (5) no (2) yes- McGlynn and Akulonis. Orloski voted no until the budget is discussed. Motion denied.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to rescind the motion at the October council meeting to dismantle the skateboard park. Roll Call: (5) no and (2) yes- Akulonis and McGlynn. Motion denied.

Mayor Moss requested council to have the borough solicitor draft a resolution banning parking on Lackawanna Avenue. He suggested no parking on the north side of Lackawanna Avenue from Main Street to the new park.

Council President Marcinko stated that the borough has instituted a new format for all borough departments to report their fuel purchases that are paid by the borough. All departments must complete a log sheet reporting details of the fuel purchases and return them to the borough manager by the third day after the end of the month so there is more accountability regarding the fuel paid by the borough.
With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Orloski second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
 


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on October 12, 2010 at 6:55 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, the roll call was taken: (5) Council members present- Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski and Brosso. Absent- Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (5) yes. Motion by Brosso second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes. Motion by Groblewski second by Orloski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (5) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, code enforcement, recreation board and neighborhood watch. Motion by Brosso second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes.
Motion by Brosso second by Groblewski to hire Robert Walling as a full-time CDL driver. Hourly rate will be $12.50 per hour with benefits. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to accept the resignation of Ken Redding as a part-time street department worker. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to adopt Resolution 2010-6 which is a joint resolution of Duryea Borough and the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority to adopt and submit an Act 537 official sewage facilities plan update revision to the Department of Environmental Protection. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to accept the collective bargaining agreement between Duryea Borough and Teamsters Local Union No. 401. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to appoint Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Goggin & Coleman as counsel for former employee Charles Guarnieri in the lawsuit of Darrin Bidwell vs. Keith Moss et al. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion to approve a change order in the amount of $3,650.00 in the purchase of the fence for the park. The change order includes replacing the white slats with green slats in the existing fence, an additional gate, and the additional height at the main entrance of the park. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Brosso to appoint Lois Hanczyc to the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. She will replace Valerie Olszewski whose term expires December 31, 2012. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to disassemble the skateboard park area and advertise for sale the skateboard equipment. Roll Call: (5) yes. In the Duryea Recreation Board report, the board recommended in their opinion that the skateboard park ramps should be removed and a toddler area should be created in the area. The fenced area would create a safe area for toddlers. The recreation board will work on a proposal and cost estimate for a plan of a toddler area. Orloski suggested looking into another area in the borough where the skateboard park could be relocated.

Mayor Moss requested that council purchase a new Crown Victoria police car. He would like to replace the unmarked police car and make the Dodge Charger the new unmarked car. Marcinko stated council will table the request to purchase a new police car until they determine if the purchase is financially reasonable and if the borough can afford the purchase.

With no further business to transact, motion by Orloski second by Brosso to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
 


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on September 14, 2010 at 7:50 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Councilmembers present- Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Absent- Groblewski. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

McGlynn requested that the August minutes be amended because he stated that he did not object to being part of the interview process to hire a full-time police officer. He objected because he did not want to be the only councilman at the interviews and thought all seven council members should have been included in the interview process. Motion by Yager second by Orloski to accept the minutes with the change as requested by Councilmen McGlynn. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Orloski second by Akulonis that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Yager second by Orloski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, neighborhood watch, recreation board. Motion by Brosso second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Akulonis to adopt Ordinance 2010-4 which regulates material collection containers in Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept the minimum municipal obligation reports for the police pension and non-uniform pension plans for the year 2011. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to purchase an ornamental fence for around the park. Roll Call: (4) no (2) yes- Akulonis and McGlynn. Motion denied.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to delete placing a fence around the park. Roll Call: (4) no (2) yes- Akulonis and McGlynn. Motion denied.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to award the contract to Rutkowski Fence in the amount of $21,947.50 to install a green fuse bonded fence around the park. Roll Call: (4) yes and (2) no- Akulonis and McGlynn.
A discussion was held about the skate board park. Borough Engineer Michael Amato was asked to check into the placement and securing of the equipment in the skateboard area.

Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso to accept the resignation of Valerie Olszewski from the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to pass a resolution to authorize the filing of a proposal with the Department of Community and Economic Development in the amount of $95,000.00 to demolish the silk mill on Jones Street in Duryea Borough. The site will then be used to promote economic development by subdividing the property and selling for construction of residential homes. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to use the Luzerne County Office of Community Development grant funds in the amount of approximately $100,000.00 to pave borough streets. The streets to be paved with these funds must be in the low to moderate income area designated by the map. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Orloski to accept the resignation of James Halford as a part-time police officer in Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by McGlynn to have seamless rain gutters and ice blocks placed on the roof of the pavilion. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to have the existing white slats changed to green in the chain link fence between the park and the adjacent residential property owner. Roll Call: (6) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair will entertain a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
 


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on August 10, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Groblewski second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Brosso second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, neighborhood watch, recreation board, code enforcement. Motion by Groblewski second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that the separation of employment of part-time police officer Patrick Wall was in error. Therefore, his employment with the Duryea Police Department will be reinstated back to January 10, 2008 and will show no break in service. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski that the separation of employment of part-time police officer James Halford was in error. Therefore, his employment with the Duryea Police Department will be reinstated back to January 10, 2008 and will show no break in service. Roll Call: (7) yes.

All bids were opened for the wrought iron fence for around the park.
Rutkowski Fencing, West Wyoming …………………………….. $38,330.00
Pro Max Fence Systems, Reading ……………………………….. $53, 895.00
Abel Fence, Leola …………………………………………………$59,291.00
Keystone Fence, Olyphant ……………………………………….. $47,400.00
Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to table all bids for further review. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2010-3, the Nuisance Ordinance. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Brosso second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2010-4, which regulates placing containers such as those for clothing donations in Duryea Borough. The permit fee will be $50.00. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Marcinko to accept Resolution 2010-5 which states there will be no parking on the west side of Shaft Street. (5) no- Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. (2) yes- Orloski and Marcinko. Motion denied. McGlynn stated that council would be taking away the resident’s right to park on the side of the street in front of their properties. Orloski stated council would be only confirming what is already in place and everyone has a driveway.

Motion by Brosso second by Yager to accept the resignation of Jeff Hughes as a full-time street department worker. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept Ken Redding’s request to change from a full-time to a part-time street department worker. He will work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on recycling weeks and Monday, Tuesday, and Friday on non-recycling weeks until further notice due to scheduling needs up to 32 hours per week. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski that based upon recommendation of Chief Lohman, to hire Michael Rosemellia as a full-time police officer. As per the collective bargaining agreement between Duryea Borough and the Duryea Police Association, the salary will be $27, 560.00 with benefits and will have a twelve (12) month probationary period. Roll Call: (4) yes- Marcinko, Yager, Groblewski and Brosso (3) abstained- Orloski, Akulonis and McGlynn. Orloski and Akulonis abstained because of all the litigation filed against Duryea Borough. McGlynn stated he did not like the hiring process. He should have been able to be part of the hiring process so he could vote on his own recommendation rather that Chief Lohman’s recommendation. Marcinko stated he was asked to be part of the interview process and he refused. Marcinko also stated the previous council had hired a labor attorney and the hiring process recommended by the labor attorney was followed because of so much excessive litigation. McGlynn also wanted Sheri Rose’s name brought up for a vote, but there was already a motion on the floor that passed. A resident, Mark Kay Brady, Parkcrest Drive, stated that a labor lawyer was hired and her advice should be followed.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to hire Thomas Walsh as a part-time police officer as per Chief Lohman’s recommendation. Hourly rate will be $11.25 per hour and will be called as needed with no guarantee of minimum hours per week. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to pay Slusser Brothers, Inc. in the amount of $65,564.00 for the completed paving project of Blueberry Drive. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Pat Shotwell asked council to revise the towing schedule so that the towing could be rotated between the garages in the borough.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

** At the September Council meeting, McGlynn requested that the August minutes be amended because he stated that he did not object to being part of the interview process to hire a full-time police officer. He objected because he did not want to be the only councilman at the interviews and thought all seven council members should have been included in the interview process. Motion by Yager second by Orloski to accept the minutes with the change as requested by Councilman McGlynn. Roll Call: (6) yes.
 


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on July 13, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Absent- Frank Groblewski. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that a correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, code enforcement and recreation board. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all reports except the general account be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Bids were now opened for the chain link fence:

Bidder Name & Address Total Bid
Rutkowski Fence, West Wyoming $22,522.50
ProMax Fence Systems, Reading $22,625.00
New Holland Fence, New Holland $23,685.00
T. Brennan Heavy Equipment, Carbondale $36,290.00

Akulonis was against placing a chain link fence around the park and requested that council should advertise for quotes for a wrought iron fence. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to table the bids for the chain link fence until a comparison can be made with the cost of a wrought iron fence. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to retain the law firm of Ufberg Sileo as special counsel for the Bidwell vs. Duryea Borough litigation. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to hire Louis Radle as a part-time street department worker. Hourly rate will be $9.75 per hour and will be called as needed but not to exceed 32 hours per week. Roll Call: (4) yes (1) abstained- Akulonis (1) no- McGlynn.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to hire Robert Walling as a part-time CDL driver/laborer. Hourly rate will be $12.50 per hour and will be called as needed but not to exceed 32 hours per week. Roll Call: (4) yes (1) abstained- Akulonis (1) no- McGlynn. Akulonis and McGlynn questioned if the jobs were advertised. Marcinko stated that Louis Radle and Robert Walling were hired because of the lack of attendance by the regular street department workers.

Motion by Brosso second by Orloski to permanently assign the duties of code enforcement to the Duryea Police Department. Sixteen hours per week will be scheduled for code enforcement duties. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to appoint Jeff Pisanchyn as the permanent building inspector of Duryea Borough. His compensation will be increased to ½ of the cost of the permit with a maximum of $100.00 per permit. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2010-3, the Duryea Borough Nuisance Ordinance. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be adopted at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to advertise for bids the cost of a wrought iron fence around the new park. Roll Call: (5) yes and (1) no- Yager. Marcinko stated the bids would be received for a feasibility study to determine which fence would be financially suitable for the borough.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Brosso second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
 


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on June 8, 2010 at 7:35 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis, and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: police, financial, sewer and code enforcement. Motion by Orloski second by Brosso that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.
Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2010-2, the Duryea Borough Floodplain Ordinance. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the resignation of Justin Tokar as a part-time patrolman. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion to hire William Dubiak, Scranton, as a part-time patrolman as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman. Hourly rate will be $11.25 per hour and will be called as needed with no guarantee of work. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion to hire Michael Twerdi, Wilkes-Barre, as a part-time patrolman as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman. Hourly rate will be $11.25 per hour and will be called as needed with no guarantee of hours. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to advertise to hire part-time police officers for Duryea Borough. Hourly wage will be $11.25 per hour and will be called as needed with no guarantee of hours. Roll Call: (7) yes.
Motion to hire Richard Szumski as a part-time street department worker. Hourly rate will be $9.75 per hour and will be called in when needed. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) abstained- Akulonis.

Motion by Akulonis second by Orloski to authorize the borough solicitor to begin the process of legal action regarding the Duryea Flood Protection easement encroachments. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to place a mirror at the intersection of Swetland Street and Main Street to improve the visibility of motorists exiting from Swetland Street onto Main Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Brosso second by Yager to table the motion to adopt Resolution 2010-5 which adopts a volunteer emergency responders policy for employees of Duryea Borough. The motion is tabled to study the cost of going to fires outside Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes. Ellen Velehoski, wife of a volunteer fireman, proposed that borough council continue to pay borough employees when they leave their job to respond to out of town emergency calls. Akulonis stated the borough is lucky to have volunteer fireman. Orloski stated that 1/3 of the work force responds to the emergency calls. They can leave to respond to out of town calls, but should not be paid.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to advertise for bid the installation of a chain linked fence around the new park because there is too much vandalism. Roll Call: (5) yes and (2) no- Akulonis and McGlynn.
Motion by Orloski second by Yager to award the contract to Multiscape in the amount of $57,900.00 to complete the work as per the recommendation of Borough Engineer Michael Amato. The work to be completed is the base bid of $49,000.00 plus Alternate 5, electrical lighting/fans, $8,900.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to appoint Al Akulonis and Joan Orloski to represent Duryea Borough at meetings and plans organized by Bernie McGurl to collectively look for answers and determine if there is interest in creating a comprehensive plan to clean up the acid mine drainage in the Lackawanna River. Roll Call: (7) yes.

To promote pride in the community, Lorraine Henrich has donated $500.00 to Duryea Borough to sponsor a flower contest in the memory of John Harmonas. The grand prize will be $300.00.

The two newly hired part-time police officers, William Dubiak and Michael Twerdi were sworn in by Mayor Keith Moss.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
 


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on May 11, 2010 at 7:40 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police and code enforcement. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

The bids were opened for the resurfacing of Blueberry Drive:
Stell Enterprises, Plains ………………………………… $44,550.00
Multiscape, Pittston …………………………………….. $57,750.00
American Asphalt, Shavertown ………………………… $46,705.00
Popple Construction, Laflin ……………………………. $45,975.00
Pennsy Supply (Slusser Brothers) Pittston …………….. $42,195.00
Lake Construction, West Avoca ……………………….. $74,222.00

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to award the bid to Slusser Brothers in the amount of $42,195.00 pending the approval of the borough engineer after he reviews all bids. Roll Call: (7) yes.

The bids were opened for the new pavilion improvements:
Bidder Base Bid Walls Columns Bathrooms Kitchen Electrical
Multiscape 49000.00 45000.00 16000.00 30000.00 27000.00 8900.00
Pioneer Const. 75600.00 73190.00 34275.00 18085.00 26575.00 18975.00
Kobalt Const. 78270.00 67770.00 38000.00 47875.00 36000.00 9450.00

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to table all bids for further review by the borough engineer. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the resignation of Cartrick Thompson as a part-time police officer in Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept Resolution 2010-4 which is an agreement for Duryea Borough to collect garbage and recyclables in the Forest Heights Development. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt Ordinance 2010-1 the Duryea Borough Recreation Ordinance with the amendment in Section 4 to state that major purchases must be approved by borough council prior to the expense. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2010-2, the Duryea Borough Floodplain Ordinance. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to allow ZR Performance Cycle to close a section of Lincoln Street for a celebration on June 12th on the condition that a certificate of insurance naming Duryea Borough is presented to council. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to appoint Lois Hanczyc to the Duryea Recreation Board. Her term will be for five years and will expire on December 31, 2014. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) no- Marcinko.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to appoint Trina Moss to the Duryea Recreation Board. Her term will be for four years and will expire December 31, 2013. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to purchase Nextel phones with GPS for the borough street department. The Mayor, Borough Police Chief, Borough Manager and the Council Representative supervising the street department will also receive Nextel phones. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
 


A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on April 13, 2010 at 7:20 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Brosso second by Yager to accept the March minutes after amending as per Mayor Moss’ request. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, Duryea Borough Sewer Authority, and code enforcement. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

The borough manager now read the 2009 audit. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept the 2009 audit as read. Roll Call: (7) yes.

The bids were now opened for the repair of the roof on the food stand in the Healey Park:
Valley Construction, Pittston………………………………….. $2485.00
Durkin Home Improvement, Duryea …………………………. $2950.00
Brandon Balchune Construction, Duryea …………………….. $4200.00
Motion to award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder after the bids are reviewed by the building inspector. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept Resolution 2010-3 which authorizes the installation of a stop sign on Lincoln Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept Resolution 2010-4, the volunteer emergency responder policy. Roll Call: (3) yes- Marcinko, Orloski and Yager (3) no- Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn (1) abstained- Groblewski. Mayor Moss broke the tie by voting no. Motion denied. McGlynn had asked for an explanation that the borough employees who respond to a fire will be allowed to go to fires, but will not be paid for calls outside of the borough. Fire Chief Joseph Bender stated that Duryea Borough participates in a mutual aid agreement and the volunteers who work for the borough should be paid. McGlynn and Akulonis stated that the committee of three council members that are negotiating the street department contract are not informing the rest of council. Marcinko stated that all participants who attend the contract negotiation meetings were advised by legal counsel and union representatives not to discuss the negotiations.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to adopt Resolution 2010-5 which authorizes the borough manager to sign the DCNR agreement on behalf of Duryea Borough for a DCNR grant in the amount of $40,000.00 for a fence around the park. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to accept Ordinance 2010-1 which amends the terms of the establishment of a recreation board, the number and terms of the members, and designating duties and powers of the board. The ordinance will be legally advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) no- Akulonis.

Motion by McGlynn second by Brosso to install a handicap sign on Fulton Street as per the request of the resident at 211 Stephenson Street. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to appoint Audrey Marcinko and Frank Groblewski as the borough council representatives to the street department to handle street department problems. Roll Call: (5) yes and (2) no- Akulonis and McGlynn.

Motion by Orloski second by Yager to authorize the borough engineer to advertise for bid the resurfacing of Blueberry Drive. The project will be paid with liquid fuels funds. Roll Call: (7) yes.

A motion to sell the 2004 Subaru Impreza code enforcement car was removed from the agenda. Mayor Moss stated that the fire police are in need of a new vehicle and council should donate this car to the fire police. Council will review the request.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to advertise for bid additional work on the park pavilion. Base bid will include work including the foundation, utility work and concrete slab. Alternate bids on additional work will also be included. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt the Duryea Police taser policy. Roll Call: (7) yes.
Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to donate $500.00 to the Duryea Little League to purchase a freezer. Roll Call: (7) yes. Steve Yuhas stated he would donate a freezer he has to the Little League.

Mayor Moss stated that Beatrice Cimakosky Rutkowski celebrated her 100th birthday.

Orloski discussed a letter from 2009 by Chief Lohman in which he recommends no parking on the one side of Shaft Street. Orloski stated that the police are saying that it is a hazard to allow parking on both sides. Residents from the area complained there is no place to park. Mr. Breymeier stated he would sue the borough if parking is banned on one side of Shaft Street. Akulonis left the meeting at 9:10 p.m.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Orloski second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.


Minutes March 9, 2010

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on March 9, 2010 at 7:40 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Councilmembers present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Groblewski second by Akulonis that the minutes be accepted as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, fire chief and police. Motion by Brosso second by Akulonis that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adopt Resolution 2010-2 which approves the extension of the LLVSA articles of incorporation by increasing its term of existence from 16 years to 50 years. Roll Call: (6)yes and (1) abstained- McGlynn.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to post for the position for full-time police officer to be hired within the police department. Applications will be accepted and then interviews will be scheduled. Mayor, Chief and council will interview all applicants. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


Minutes February 9, 2010

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on February 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Akulonis, Brosso, Groblewski and McGlynn. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Groblewski to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Orloski second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial and police report. Motion by Brosso second by Groblewski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

The bids were opened for the sale of 2004 Dodge Intrepid police car:
DeNaples Auto Parts, 400 Mill Street, Dunmore …………………….. $1400.00
Michael Tracy, Edwardsville …………………………………………. $700.00
Chicago Motors, Chicago, Illinois ……………………………………. $207.00

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to accept the bid from DeNaples Auto Parts in the amount of $1400.00 for the 2004 Dodge Intrepid. The car will be released once all the equipment to be used by the borough is removed. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to adopt the proposed 2010 budget. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to assign the Duryea Police Department the duties of code enforcement for a total of sixteen hours per week. This will be a feasibility study not to exceed six months pending the approval of the labor attorney. Roll Call: (4) yes and (3) no- Yager, Akulonis and Brosso. Yager stated a resident who needs a job should have been given the opportunity to make a living.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to assign Jeff Pisanchyn as the building permit officer. This will be a feasibility study not to exceed six months. His compensation will be one third of the cost of the building permit, but not to exceed $50.00 per permit. Roll Call: (4) yes and (3) no- Yager, Akulonis and Brosso. Akulonis stated council should look into having one person do the whole job. Proposals from other companies will be received to compare them with this agreement as per the motion.

Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to authorize Lois Morreale to sign the landowner grantee agreement form for the NEPA traffic signal conversion program. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to paint the four doors and roof of the new Crown Victoria police car. Work will be done at Toyota Scranton in the amount of $958.80. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) no- Orloski.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned
at 8:40 p.m.


Minutes January 19, 2010

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on January 19, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Audrey Marcinko presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. McGlynn requested that a typing error be corrected. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Groblewski that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Akulonis second by Brosso that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial and police. Motion by Groblewski second by Orloski that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Marcinko announced that the following residents had interest in being appointed as the Duryea representative to the LLVSA board: Al Akulonis, David Bartuska, George Nowakowski, Al Rava and Bob Ryzner. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to appoint Al Akulonis Jr. to the Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority. His term will expire December 31, 2014. Council President Marcinko stated that Councilman McGlynn should abstain from voting because he works at the LLVSA and would actually be appointing his boss. She presented documentation regarding conflict of interest from the PA State Ethics Commission and the Borough Code. Solicitor Frederickson stated the Councilman McGlynn’s vote had the potential to be a conflict of interest, but allowed McGlynn to decide whether or not to vote for the appointment of the LLVSA representative. Roll Call: (5) no- Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Groblewski, Brosso (2) yes Akulonis and McGlynn. Motion denied.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to appoint Alfred Rava to the Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority. His term will expire December 31, 2014. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by Yager to release Martin Hanczyc from his 2009 tax duplicate and authorize him to collect the 2010 property tax. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adopt Resolution 2010-1 which sets the contribution at 0% for the police pension fund. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Groblewski to accept Ordinance 2009-5 which repeals Ordinance 2004-4 which states the Commonwealth will now provide the killed in service survivor benefits for full-time police officers. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to appoint Al Rava to the Duryea Sewer Authority. Al Rava declined the position.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to reappoint Diane Plisga to the Duryea Sewer Authority. Her term will expire December 31, 2014. Roll Call: (4) yes and (3) no- Akulonis, Brosso and McGlynn. They voted no because the appointment should have been advertised.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to accept the resignation of Theresa Wychoskie as the borough code enforcement officer. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to place a handicap sign at 175 McAlpine Street at the request of the resident. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to appoint Michael Pasonick Engineering as the borough engineer for six months. Roll Call: (7) yes.

The 2010 budget was read. Motion by Orloski second by Yager to adopt the 2010 as read. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) no- Akulonis.

Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to advertise for sale the 2004 Dodge Intrepid police car. Roll Call: (7) yes. The police department will remove all items that can be used by the department.
Mayor requested that the new police car should have the four doors and the roof painted white. He had received five bids and the lowest quote was from Tom’s Master Craft in the amount of $960.00. McGlynn stated that only the four doors needed to be painted so the car matched the other police vehicles. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to receive bids to have only the four doors painted on the police car. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orloski to have a formal letter sent to Dupont Borough stating that Duryea Borough is interested in working with Dupont Borough and other boroughs to purchase a barrel chipper to recycle yard waste. Representative Michael Carroll will also be sent a letter. Roll Call: (7) yes.
Motion by McGlynn second by Orloski to authorize the borough engineer to complete the specifications for the pavilion. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Groblewski stated that temporary repairs will be done to Blueberry Drive as soon as possible.
Orloski stated that possibly the storm drain in alley behind the Kurlancheek building could be repaired with the funding from the LLVSA.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Brosso to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.


Re-organization Meeting • January 4, 2010

A re-organization meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on January 4, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal building. Mayor Moss began the meeting with the pledge to the flag. District Magistrate Pierontoni administered the oath of office to the following officials: Mayor- Keith Moss, Council- Audrey Marcinko, Joan Orloski, Frank Groblewski and Michael McGlynn, Tax Collector- Martin Hanczyc, Auditors- Dorothy Lovenduski and Renee Turkos, Constables- James Steer, Robert Ryzner and Louis Radle. After the swearing in ceremony, Mayor Moss appointed Lois Morreale as temporary secretary of the re-organization meeting. An attendance roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, Akulonis, Brosso, Groblewski and McGlynn. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to nominate Frank Groblewski as the chairman of council. Roll Call: (4) no- Marcinko, Orloski, Yager and Groblewski and (3) yes- Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Motion denied.
Motion by Yager second by Groblewski to nominate Audrey Marcinko as the chairman of council. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Yager to nominate Joan Orloski as the vice-chairman of council. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orloski second by Groblewski to reappoint Lois Morreale as borough manager and secretary. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Groblewski second by Akulonis to reappoint Attorney Donald Frederickson as the solicitor for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Brosso to appoint Joseph Bender as the borough fire chief and Jeff Hughes as the borough assistant fire chief. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn that the Duryea Branch of Penn Security Bank be named as the depository for Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis that the regular monthly worksession of the Duryea Borough Council will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting immediately following the worksession on the same evening. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to appoint Stanley Kapish on the Duryea Borough vacancy board. Roll Call: (4) no- Marcinko, Orloski, Yager, and Groblewski and (3) yes- Brosso, Akulonis and McGlynn. Motion denied.

Marcinko asked for names of volunteers for appointments to the Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority, Shade Tree Commission, and Recreation Board.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Akulonis second by McGlynn to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m


Special Meeting December 29, 2009

The Duryea Borough Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 7:05 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. After a pledge to the flag, the meeting began. The following council members were present: Yager, Brosso, Orkwis, McGlynn and Akulonis. Absent: Kapish and Burke. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.
Motion by Yager second by Orkwis to adopt the proposed 2010 budget. Roll Call: (5) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Orkwis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
 


Minutes December 8, 2009

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on December 8, 2009 at 7:55 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (5) Council members present: Yager, Brosso, McGlynn, Burke and Akulonis. Absent- Orkwis and Kapish. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Burke second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (5) yes. Motion by Burke second by McGlynn that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Burke that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (5) yes. The following reports were read: financial, code enforcement and police. Motion by Yager second by Brosso that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Burke to have “Slow Children at Play” signs installed at the intersection of Blueberry and Blackberry Drive. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Yager second by McGlynn to hire Michael Wall as a part-time snow plow driver. Hourly rate will be $10.25 per hour and will be called as needed for snow plowing. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Yager second by McGlynn to hire Robert Walling as a part-time snow plow driver. Hourly rate will be $10.25 per hour and will be called as needed for snow plowing. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by Burke second by McGlynn to accept Ordinance 2009-5 which repeals Ordinance 2004-4 pursuant to the provisions of Act 51. The Commonwealth will now provide the killed-in-service survivor benefits for full-time police officers. The ordinance will be advertised to be passed at the next council meeting. Roll Call: (5) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Burke to accept Resolution 2009-10 which accepts the 911 addressing system. Roll Call: (5) yes.


Bids were opened for the fence around the skateboard park:
Knick Fence, 418 Main St., Dupont …………………………. $8,015.00
Rizzo Fence, 140 Scott Rd., Lake Ariel ………………………. $10,918.00
Keystone Fence, 950 Underwood Rd., Olyphant ………………$9,200.00

Motion by McGlynn second by Burke to accept the bid from Knick Fence in the amount of $8,015.00. Roll Call: (4) yes and (1) no- Yager.

The 2010 proposed budget was read. Motion by Yager second by Burke to accept the 2010 proposed budget. Roll Call: (5) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Burke to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
 


Minutes November 10, 2009

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on November 10, 2009 at 7:20 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Councilmembers present: Yager, Brosso, Orkwis, McGlynn, Burke and Akulonis. Absent- Kapish. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Orkwis second by Yager that the minutes be accepted as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Burke second by Brosso that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Burke second by Brosso that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police, and code enforcement. Motion by Brosso second by Burke that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to adopt Resolution 2009-8 which authorizes Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance to submit an application for Duryea Borough with PA Conservation Works to save energy by converting traffic signal lights to LED bulbs. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orkwis second by Brosso to accept Resolution 2009-9 which adopts the bi-county hazard mitigation plan for Luzerne and Lackawanna County. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orkwis second by Burke to advertise for bid the installation of a fence around the skateboard park. Roll Call: (6) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Orkwis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.


Minutes October 22, 2009 (Special Meeting)

A special meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on October 22, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Council members present: Yager, Kapish, Brosso, McGlynn, Burke and Akulonis. Absent- Orkwis. Mayor Moss was absent. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Stanley Matys questioned council’s intention regarding the siren. He questioned who complained, was there a petition and if there was, he wants a copy. If there is no petition, then why remove the siren. He stated if there is a natural disaster, who will be responsible if the siren does not warn the community. There are other loud noises in the borough. Will they be stopped also? The Duryea Emergency Plan calls for the use of the siren to warn the community. He stated a number of events in the past where the siren played an important role, such as the borough building fire, the Excelsior Hose Company fire, and a tornado.

Chris Matys asked council to reconsider their course of action about the siren. He stated Frank Groblewski, who is the head of civil defense, should be present to discuss the siren. He stated when there was a fatal fire on Lackawanna Avenue, the pagers did not alert the fireman. Because the siren blew, the fireman realized that the pagers were not working. He stated the siren would be used in emergencies such as an incident at the Petro Gas or Hawk Tire.

Akulonis questioned what is the signal for a tornado or emergency and can the siren blow only for Duryea emergencies. Akulonis asked if the community could be educated about the siren and what signals an emergency. Joe Korea stated the Duryea is part of a mutual aid agreement and must blow for any emergency in the mutual aid towns. He stated there is protocol to alert another town when our fire company is out of town. He stated there was a car fire on McAlpine Street in the summer and only the siren blew and the pagers did not work. The ambulance is a paid service and does not use the siren to alert the ambulance members.

Audrey Collier stated that Mayor Moss had contacted Kanjorski, Carroll and Luzerne County regarding the siren. She said the siren should not be dismantled and there was a lack of communication to the people.

Trina Moss questioned if the pavilion was going out for bid. After all the comments were heard about the siren, council did not take any action regarding the siren. Motion by Kapish second by Yager to advertise for bid the installation of the pavilion. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Kapish to advertise a part-time position of a snow plow driver at a rate of $10.25 per hour and will be called as needed. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Kapish to order a new 2010 Crown Victoria police car at a price of $35,510.00. The car will be paid with funding in the amount of $15,000.00 from the closing of the New Street railroad crossing and the other $20,000.00 to be a lease or loan. Roll Call: (6) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Burke to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
 


Minutes October 13, 2009

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on October 13, 2009 at 7:15p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Yager, Kapish, Brosso, Orkwis, McGlynn, Burke and Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Kapish second by Brosso to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Orkwis second by Kapish that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Yager that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police and code enforcement. Motion by Burke second by McGlynn that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Orkwis to authorize AFG Pension to credit Chief Lohman with an additional seven months of service to account for the time he was furloughed in 2005. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orkwis to ratify the purchase of the 2003 Ford Dump Truck from Ransom Township in the amount of $24,000.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orkwis to ratify the installation of a brick and bronze sign in the community park. Estimated cost of the commemorative sign is $4591.00. Roll Call: (7) yes. Kapish voted yes providing his name is not on the sign.

Motion by Yager to place the names of past council members involved with the park in addition to the present council members’ names on the commemorative sign in the park. No second. Motion denied.

Motion by Orkwis second by Kapish to purchase a pavilion from Mid Atlantic Park and Playground Concepts, Inc. in the amount of $73,691.00.The pavilion is being purchased through the Co-Stars program and will be funded with a $200,000.00 grant from Senator Mellow and Representative Carroll. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.


Minutes September 8, 2009

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on September 8, 2009 at 7:45 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Councilman present: Yager, Kapish, Brosso, Orkwis, McGlynn, Burke and Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting will continue.

Motion by Yager second by Orkwis to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Brosso second by Kapish that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Burke second by Orkwis that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police and code enforcement. Motion by Brosso second by Yager that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Kapish second by Orkwis to adopt Ordinance 2009-4, which prohibits the feeding or providing food to feral cats and wild animals in Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orkwis second by Kapish to adopt Resolution 2009-7 which assigns a tax collection committee pursuant to Act 32 of 2008. The committee will be Lois Morreale, Donald Frederickson, Jr. Esq., and Audrey Yager. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Kapish second by Burke to install a traffic mirror at the intersection of Foote Avenue and Clark Road. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Brosso second by Yager to accept the minimum municipal obligation statements as submitted for the police pension and non-uniform pension plans. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Kapish to place a handicap sign at 207 Lackawanna Avenue as per the request of the property owner. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Orkwis second by Brosso to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Prior to the council meeting, Wes Westenhoefer of the Reading & Northern Railroad stated the railroad would like to file a petition with the Public Utility Commission to permanently abolish the railroad crossing on New Street due to safety concerns. Council agreed to send a letter of support for the closing of the New Street railroad crossing by the Reading & Northern Railroad Company.

Lisa Devlin of the Feral Cat Neutering Program of Luzerne County offered the services of the volunteers of the non-profit group to aid in the limiting of the feral cat population through spay and neutering.
 


Minutes August 11, 2009

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on August 11, 2009 at 7:30p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (6) Councilmembers present: Yager, Brosso, Orkwis, McGlynn, Burke and Akulonis. Absent- Kapish. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Brosso second by Yager to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (6) yes. Audrey Marcinko stated she had a correction to the minutes because she stated there was no correspondence because the letters were not read at the last council meeting. Because council did not have her letter read, she could not justify her integrity. Motion by Orkwis second by Yager that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes. Motion by Burke second by McGlynn that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (6) yes. The following reports were read: financial, police and code enforcement. Motion by Brosso second by Burke that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Burke to authorize William McFarland of Borton Lawson Engineering to complete an energy audit of the borough municipal building and garage and submit the grant application for Pennsylvania Conservation Works. The fee for the service is $1600.00. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orkwis to enroll in the traffic signal conversion program. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance will submit applications on behalf of Duryea Borough and the surrounding municipalities. Roll Call: (6) yes.

Motion by Orkwis second by Yager to introduce Ordinance 2009-4, which prohibits the feeding or providing of food to feral cats and wild animals in Duryea Borough. Roll Call: (6) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.


Minutes July 29, 2009 (Special Meeting)

A special meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on July 29, 2009 at 7:45 p.m. in the municipal building with Council Vice-Chairman Edward Orkwis presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (4) Council members present- Yager, Kapish, Brosso and Orkwis. Absent- McGlynn, Burke and Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Councilwoman Yager stated Duryea Borough Council does not feel that it is the best use of public funding or in the best interest of the Borough of Duryea to proceed any further with the Acid Mine Drainage clean up of the Lackawanna River. Motion by Yager second by Kapish to authorize the borough manager to begin the process of reallocating Duryea Borough’s gaming commission grant to another project to be decided upon on another date. Roll Call: (4) yes.

Audrey Marcinko stated she agreed with the clean up of the river, but this project was taking the wrong approach. Audrey Marcinko and Joan Orloski had gone to the Bureau of Mines and had a map of Duryea Borough that illustrated a large number of boreholes in the town. They stated that DEP said there were mines underneath as per the map. When the beaver dam broke, the wetlands went down. The retention ponds with limestone and vegetation such as cattails could clean up the river naturally. Jack Sammon stated the job of cleaning the river could be done cheaper and thanked Duryea Council for their decision. Kapish stated council had been looking objectively for a while about the scope and cost of the project. Kapish noted that the state had selected the grant application because they saw good in the project. Attorney Frederickson stated the objective was to prove if the technology of the prototype worked. The ultimate goal is to clean the river, but Duryea Borough should not be in the business of cleaning the river beyond proving the technology. Mary Kay Brady stated the idea was good, but the borough should not have to pay for it by a grant in the name of the borough. Councilman Akulonis entered the meeting at 7:55p.m. and stated he was upset with the decision to not proceed to build the prototype and clean the river. He had hoped for a clean river with fish.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by Kapish second by Brosso to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:00p.m.
 


Minutes July 14, 2009

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on July 14, 2009 at 8:40 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Yager, Kapish, Brosso, Orkwis, McGlynn, Burke, and Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by McGlynn second by Kapish to accept the minutes as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Yager to accept the correspondence, action be taken where necessary and place on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Kapish that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Orkwis that all reports be accepted, action be taken where necessary and place on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by McGlynn second by Kapish to have National HVAC Service install air conditioning in the police department at a cost of $3,960.00. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orkwis second by McGlynn to fund an escrow account in the amount of $52,000.00 as per Resolution 2008-7. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orkwis second by Kapish to purchase the Mega Tower from Miracle Recreation Equipment Co. in the amount of $79,334.00 as per the Co-Stars Program. A DCNR grant in the amount of $40,000.00 will be used to purchase the Mega Tower. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orkwis second by Kapish to have the borough engineer advertise for bid the repair of Blueberry Drive. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Burke second by Brosso to adopt Resolution 2009-6 which creates the Duryea Crime Watch. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Kapish second by Orkwis to give a letter of endorsement for the Growing Greener application to be submitted by the Lackawanna River Corridor Association to develop a watershed assessment and restoration plan for the Lackawanna River that is affected by acid mine drainage from the Old Forge borehole and Duryea outfall. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
 


Minutes June 9, 2009

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on June 9, 2009 at 7:30p.m.in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. Before the meeting, Mayor Moss presented a Mayoral Certificate to Attorney Greg Skibitski for volunteering his legal expertise at the Luzerne County Planning Commission hearing regarding a proposed Verizon Wireless Cell Tower. Because of his outstanding job of representing the residents of Blueberry Hills, the proposal to place a cell tower on Clarks Road was denied. The meeting began after the pledge to the flag. A roll call was taken: (7) Council members present- Yager, Kapish, Orkwis, Brosso, Burke, McGlynn and Akulonis, Mayor Moss was present. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Orkwis second by Kapish that the minutes be accepted as posted. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Burke that all correspondence be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Burke second by Brosso that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, code enforcement and police. Motion by McGlynn second by Brosso that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orkwis second by Kapish to hire Robert Leombruni as a part-time police officer as per the recommendation of Chief Lohman and pending the physical and drug test results. Hourly rate will be $11.25 per hour and will be called as needed with no guarantee of work. Roll Call: (6) yes and (1) no- Yager.

Motion by Kapish second by Brosso to hire Andrew Ryzner and Darren Josey as part-time street department workers pending physical and drug test results. Hourly rate will be $9.75 per hour and will be called as needed. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Brosso second by Burke to accept the resignation of Stanley Kapish from the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority. Roll Call: (6) yes (1) abstained- Kapish.

Motion by McGlynn second by Orkwis to appoint Alfred Akulonis Jr. to the Duryea Sewer Authority. He will replace Stanley Kapish. His term will expire December 31, 2011. Roll Call: (5) yes (1) no-Yager (1) abstained- Akulonis.

Motion by Kapish second by McGlynn to accept the resignation of Trina Moss from the Duryea Recreation Board. Roll Call: (4) yes (3) no- Yager, Orkwis and Burke.

Motion by Yager second by Kapish to return the donated 1985 Ford Ambulance to Darrin Bidwell. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Burke second by Kapish to recycle the Dodge truck used by Robert Webb. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Yager second by Brosso to place a handicap parking sign at 405-407 Main Street at the request of the property owner. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Orkwis second by McGlynn to accept Resolution 2009-5 authorizing an easement on Boylan Drive to UGI Penn Natural Gas. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Motion by Kapish second by Yager to purchase three police radios from NEPA Emergency Lighting in the amount of $1011.59. Roll Call: (7) yes.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Akulonis to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:50p.m.


Minutes May 29, 2009

A regular meeting of the Duryea Borough Council was held on May 29, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. in the municipal building with Council President Alfred Akulonis Jr. presiding. After a pledge to the flag, a roll call was taken: (7) Council members present: Yager, Kapish, Orkwis, Brosso, Burke, McGlynn and Akulonis. Mayor Moss was in attendance. With a quorum present, the meeting continued.

Motion by Orkwis second by Brosso to accept the minutes as presented. Roll Call: (7) yes. Motion by Yager second by Burke that all bills, wages, salaries and commissions be paid when funds are available. Roll Call: (7) yes. The following reports were read: financial, code enforcement and police. Motion by McGlynn second by Burke that all reports be accepted as read, action be taken where necessary and placed on file. Roll Call: (7) yes.

Trina Moss questioned if council was going to participate in the Luzerne County Summer Youth Program.
Mayor Moss asked if “No Parking” could be designated on Lackawanna Avenue from Main Street to Miner’s Court.

Don MacRae asked how much of the borough’s taxpayer’s dollars were spent on the park. He stated Amato and council said that tax dollars would not be spent on the park. Orkwis stated that borough money was used towards the match for the DCNR grants. MacRae also questioned how many lawsuits are presently filed against Duryea Borough, how much was spent on legal fees for past lawsuits, where is the trailer for the acid mine river project being placed in the Lackawanna River, did Old Forge Borough give permission to place the trailer in the river, and is Duryea Borough buying the land.

Audrey Marcinko asked why the May 12th council meeting was cancelled. She questioned the grant for the Lackawanna River project- the resume of Chris Gillis, the market for iron oxide, why Old Forge Borough is not getting involved, and the purchase of the trailer for $12,000.00. She asked about applying for a grant for the Main Street and the $160,000.00 that was received in the past for the Main Street project. Council stated that a grant for the Main Street project was submitted at the same time as the Lackawanna River project. However, DCED awarded the acid mine river project and not the Main Street project. Akulonis and Orkwis stated that Duryea Borough has the pollution problem, not Old Forge Borough and also, Duryea Borough received the grant in order to prove the technology to process the iron oxide from the Lackawanna River.

With no further business to transact, the chair entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion by McGlynn second by Brosso to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

 

 

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