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Writer says logs show snow crews did their job

In the article about the March council meeting in Sugar Notch, a resident who supports the fire company was quoted as saying she had to call Mayor Davis at 10 p.m. the night of a snow storm to get the road crew out to plow.

I have obtained the work logs for the two road crew members. One went back on duty at 6:03 p.m. the night of Feb. 8 and worked until 2:29 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

This refutes the story that the road crew was not out. I saw them plowing the streets every hour or so by my house. I also spoke to one of the members and he said that they were definitely out plowing all night until the storm was over and all the roads were clear. It seems there was a great deal of confusion over this issue, so I wanted to clear that up.

The possible structure fire that the company responded that night was a false alarm.

It was for an empty garage on Main Street that had no heat source. It was not a fire. I called 911 to get details. It was at 707 Main St. The owner, Ed Bodizo, told me the fire company made him open the garage to check it; nothing was amiss. He also questioned the neighbors; no one knew anything about a call 911 for a fire that night.

Mario Fiorucci

Sugar Notch

Reader hopes election will shake up GNA board

It’s time to shake up the Greater Nanticoke Area School Board. There is a complete lack of transparency from the old guard school directors. Too many decisions are being made without the knowledge of all school board members and the public.

What especially irks me is that for many years the board has not conducted open work sessions. The GNA board is probably the only board in the area that doesn’t conduct open work sessions.

It conducts one public meeting a month and that is a business session. It holds an executive session prior to the business session and that is closed to the public. They try to justify this by saying that only personnel issues are being discussed. If they think we believe this they are mistaken.

I raised this issue a number of times at school board meetings and also with individual school directors. How can you not discuss issues that are important and are not personnel-related?

A GNA school director once told me the board has discussed issues that were not personnel-related at its closed executive meetings. This is a violation of the Sunshine Law.

Farmers used to say that if you shake an apple tree the bad apples will fall off. We need to shake the GNA School Board tree and maybe some of the old guard school directors will fall off. The GNA School District needs fresh faces to replace some of the directors who have been on the board too long.

The GNA3 Team of Megan Tenessen and Wendy Kotsko Wiaterowski are new fresh faces. They are running with Frank Shepanski Jr. who is also relatively new on the board having being appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the death of director Sylvia Mizdail.

Let’s shake that GNA tree and shake out two of the old guard directors who think it’s OK to do away with public work sessions and keep the public in the dark. As our new school board president Ryan Verazin has stated, we need transparency. To get this we need to elect the GNA3 at the election on May 21.

Hank Marks

President, Nanticoke Area Taxpayers Forum


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