Last updated: March 16. 2013 9:23PM - 336 Views
Susan Bettinger, Times Leader correspondent

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NANTICOKE – City Council on Wednesday night approved Mayor Joseph Dougherty's appointments of John Kurowski and Brent Makarczyk to the Nanticoke Municipal Authority.

Kurowski replaces Jeff Lewis, while Kurowski takes over Hank Marks' position.

Council also approved the motion to pay the county a tax collection salary at $10,000 per year. This is a substantial savings to the city now that the county and city bills are combined.

City Manager and Finance Director Pam Heard said that the former cost per year was about $127,000 when the city was in charge of the collections and the two bills were separate.

In other matters, Center Street resident Rich Klepado asked council to reverse the recently passed burn ordinance. He expressed his frustration regarding his neighbor Ken Herring's backyard burning.

Klepado said that he is unable to bring his mother-in-law (who suffers from COPD) home from a nursing home facility because of the thick black smoke coming from Herring's yard. Klepado added that he can't sit in his yard, open his windows or put a fan or air conditioner in due to the smoke.

Herring replied he is within the legal burn ordinance limits. He also said he is not burning garbage, only a log or two.

Another of Herring's neighbors, Sheila Semon, added she too can no longer sit in her yard due to the smoke. Semon brought in photographs of the black smoke coming from Herring's yard, and said she can no longer enjoy her property.

Council President Steve Duda acknowledged the concerns of all parties involved, and said the ordinance was passed to benefit the majority of the citizens of the city. Duda said he will check the law to see if (Klepado's) rights have been violated … .

Councilwoman Lesley Butczynski said she is willing to be the mediator so that the parties can come to a conclusion that is agreeable to all who are involved.


The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

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