Laceyville Borough Council announced at its regular meeting on Tuesday (April 3) that Police Chief Kevin Costello will soon add the Wyalusing Valley school buildings as part of his regular patrol route.
Council President Randy Brigham explained during the meeting that 20 to 30 students attending Wyalusing are from Laceyville. Given the recent events at certain other schools across the nation, he said, he and other council members thought it would be a good idea if Costello makes his presence known in the Wyalusing Area School District on a regular basis.
Brigham said they discussed the proposal with Wyalusing Superintendent Jason Bottiglieri, who was very enthusiastic about the idea. The superintendent spoke to the Wyalusing Area School Board which also supported the proposal.
Costello will be patrolling in Laceyville’s marked police vehicle at the schools on a regular basis. A schedule and route are being worked out, but the council will not release it to the public for security reasons.
Brigham also emphasized that Costello will not be functioning as a designated school resource officer for the district.
During the police reported, Costello informed the board that he responded to calls a total of 71 times in March. One for drug activity; one for terroristic threats and simple assault; one for burglary, criminal mischief and terroristic threats; one for vehicle damage; one for a suspicious person; one for a brush fire; one for assisting children and youth; one for assisting other law enforcement; four for checking the welfare of residents; four for suspicious activity; and 13 for traffic citations. Eleven verbal police warnings were issued; along with 12 written police warnings. There were four assist motorists; six assist pedestrians; and nine assist public.
Costello also reminded the public that burning garbage such as plastic and other non-paper items is prohibited in the borough. Only paper and cardboard should be burned in a burner barrel, he said. The fine in Laceyville for illegal burning is $500.
Council also discussed the possibility of turning Maple Street into a one-way street. Brigham explained that there are problems with vehicles parking at the top of the hill. Making Maple Street one-way, as it runs north, would solve the problem he said.
Although council took no action on the proposal, Brigham said it is expected a decision will be made very soon.
At the request of Kristy Fassett, council agreed to have the borough solicitor file liens against two local properties for non-payment of water bills.
Fassett also reported that testing is scheduled to soon begin on borough water. The test is required every three years by the Department of Environmental Protection to check for possible containments in the local water supply.
Council was also informed that representatives from the Laceyville Business Association wish to talk about the possibility of the borough taking over the organization.
The association has been dormant for the past few months due to lack of interest. Treasurer Ken Johnson said he was informed by association members that it has been difficult getting enough people together to complete projects.
Brigham said that will the council is willing to talk to association members about the situation, there is no way the borough will take over the organization.
It was also reported that this year’s Borough Clean Up Day will be June 9.