Susquehanna adopts zoning update

Susquehanna Borough Council adopted an updated zoning ordinance at the Wednesday, July 12 meeting.
With the absence of Council President Joe Varsik and Mayor Nancy Hurley from the meeting, the ordinance will be signed at a later date.
A community sign board is slated to be installed within the next couple of weeks – if not sooner.
The borough has purchased a lighted sign from Pocono Sign Company, of Blakely, for $8,100. The price includes the sign, materials and installation.
The police department expected delivery of the Tasers that had been ordered on Thursday. The officers now have the equipment they need to be safe, council members noted.
Police Chief John Creamer Jr. reported a new part-time officer has also started with the borough.
Susquehanna has been approved for the camera loan program from Keep America Beautiful.
Councilman Roy Williams said he would like to re-invite Oakland Borough, Oakland Twp., Harmony Twp., and Lanesboro to participate in the program.
Both Williams and Chief Creamer will be trained on the camera system.
Williams also said he believed the county should consider employing a codes officer. “Illegal dumping in the townships is widespread and severe,” Williams said.
It was noted in the meeting that when the county sent out a questionnaire as part of the comprehensive plan update preparations, many municipalities responded that they did not want county-level involvement with ordinances.
Councilman Dana Rockwell said there is no real enforcement in some of the smaller townships.
Chief Creamer said that in the borough, if names are found with illegally dumped items, those people are fined.
Council discussed potential areas in the borough for the placement of the cameras.
The borough plans to use a CDBG grant of $30,000-$40,000 for the paving and milling of Maple Street. The grant has a poverty level requirement and the proposed project meets the criteria, Williams said.
With work beginning on the Ira Reynolds Riverfront Park, the borough is looking for land where they can move the stockpile that is under the bridge.
Council approved a borough police request for $250 to go toward hosting a National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m., at the Susquehanna Community Elementary School. Susquehanna and Lanesboro will be coordinating the joint event.

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