NANTICOKE — City Council earlier this month tabled a vote to allow the Park Market, located at 30 E. Broad St., to apply for the transfer of a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board restaurant liquor license.
The license is needed for the establishment to sell six packs of beer to go.
Attorney John Rodgers, representing the business’ owner, stated the premises would be divided into two sections: the grocery store area, and a section where 30 seats would be available to sit down and eat prepared food or sandwiches. The area would have a separate entrance.
There would be no music or live entertainment, Rodgers added, and the business would have to follow all state Liquor Board rules and regulations.
Several residents disapproved of the proposal, saying that it would increase litter, public drunkenness and underage drinking in the Patriot Square area. Council will vote on the issue at the April 16 meeting.
Hank Marks, president of the taxpayers association, said the 20 percent property tax increase is in violation of Nanticoke’s home-rule charter. Marks said the home rule charter allows for an increase of only 8 percent.
Hanks said that “in 2013 there was no property tax increase from the previous year.” He said the millage was 4.0594, and in 2014 the budget increased property taxes by 4.8785 mills.
Hanks suggested that council hire an accountant to declare whether or not the increase is within the home rule charter guidelines.
But Donna Wall, acting city manager, responded by saying that she used former City Manager Pam Heard’s worksheet and that the increase is under the 8 percent limit.
Firefighter Chester Prymowicz has submitted his letter of retirement as of May 31, the council learned earlier this month. Prymowicz has served the fire department for the past 27 years.
In another matter, Mary Grobinski of East Grand Street asked what could be done about the excessive noise and fumes coming from a home located at the rear of Union Street, adjacent to Grobinski’s home.
Grobinski said that noise from a stereo system, as well as the fumes and excessive noises from the hot rods located at the home, make it impossible for her to sit on her porch or to function normally in her own home.
She said the noise in continuous, all day into the night, seven days a week. Grobinski also said she has tried speaking with her neighbor, but he has an uncaring and defiant attitude about the situation.
She said the neighbor quieted down for a brief period after the police got involved, but it was short lived and he returned to the noise making within a short period of time.
Mayor Richard Wiaterowski assured Grobowski that Code Enforcer Joe Kordek would look into the situation.
The next council meeting will be on April 16 at 7 p.m.