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STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER Police Chief Kevin Costello gets good-naturedly dunked Saturday during Laceyville’s Community Day.

Laceyville Borough Council voted at its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 5, to purchase signs announcing that truck traffic is restricted along Main Street in the borough.

The motion was made by council member Kristy Johnson, who voiced concern that the amount of trucks traveling on Main Street has been steadily increasing over the past several months. The amount of traffic - including water trucks, trucks with trailers, and dump trucks - is becoming disruptive, Johnson explained, and there is a distinct possibility Main Street would have to be repaired within a year due to the strain.

The borough will be contacting Braintrim Township, which shares the road which becomes Main Street in Laceyville, to coordinate efforts on the proper placement of the signs.

Borough treasurer Ken Johnson informed the council that water bills will be issued on a bi-monthly status with the next cycle in September. Water bills have been sent out on a quarterly basis, but council decided the new billing method would make it easier for customers to make their payments.

Johnson also reported that 24 accounts of local water customers - including two businesses - are seriously past due, owing a total of $9,866. In one circumstance, a customer twice made payment arrangements but defaulted each time. This customer was attempting to make another arrangement and have her service resumed. Previously, Johnson said, in such circumstances the borough has required all the money be paid up front before their water is turned back on.

Council decided by consensus to require the customer to pay all the money. Council President Don VanDeMark pointed out that once such a precedent is set, then the borough would have to allow all its water customers the same option. It was also decided the borough will send registered letters to the account who are past 90 days due, informing them their water will be turned off if arrangements for payments are not made.

Police Chief Kevin Costello reported that he answered one call for a domestic in June, one call to assist an ambulance, three calls to assist other police agencies. The chief said he issued 26 verbal traffic warnings, as well as 11 written police warning notices.

Laceyville Mayor Phil Brewer read to the council a letter he had received regarding Costello’s performance. The author explained he had been stopped by Costello, and found the chief be very polite and professional during the incident.

Henry Laboranti was sworn in on Wednesday as the council’s latest member. Laboranti replaces Jill VanDeMark, who had to resign her position on council last month due to her moving out of the borough.

Member Keith Pennay informed the rest of the council that he will have to resign from his seat in October, because he too will be moving out of the area. Pennay explained he thought he would not have to move next year, but things moved faster than anticipated.

Kristy Johnson reported that she submitted a proposed formal consent agreement to be used when people wish to use Donovan Borough Park to borough solicitor Chad Salsman. Salsman sent back the agreement with suggestions, which she made, Johnson said, and has sent it back to the attorney for final approval.

Johnson also reported that the she has been in contact with Laceyville Library concerning a request for building improvements. Although the library has the money necessary to pay for the improvements, the project must be bid out, because the borough owns the building. Johnson said they are trying to decide whether the project should be bid out, or simply just fix the building.

Borough secretary Courtney Salsman reported that she has been in contact with Tunkhannock Monument concerning the repair of the monument at the corner of Main and Franklin Street, which was knocked over by a vehicle in June. Salsman said she is still waiting for a reply from Tunkhannock Monument about the matter.

Salsman also reported that the Laceyville Business Association will hold Community Yard Sale on Aug. 5.