Last updated: May 21. 2014 12:27AM - 1496 Views
By Tom Huntington Times Leader Correspondent

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NUANGOLA — While street restoration work is currently in progress by the Wexcon Co., the major contractor for the sewer system project, borough councilmen stated Monday night they are not entirely satisfied with extent of the project thus far.

Council Chairman John Kochan said that he has already contacted borough Solicitor Jack Dean about some aspects of the work that Kochan has inspected.

“As it stands now, we just need Wexcon to get its work done according to the warranty that’s in place,” Kochan said. He added council would proceed from there and, if necessary, also invoke provisions of a maintenance bond.

Councilman Michael Johnson interjected, “We’re not happy with Wexcon’s work thus far.”

Councilman Joseph Tucker, chairman of the streets and roads committee, said that because of heavy rains on May 16 there is a substantial amount of debris on the streets, necessitating the need to secure the services of a company with a street sweeper.

Tucker said the storm also caused extensive damage to swales, ditches and drainage pipes, the full extent of which will have to be assessed through a coordinated inspection with borough’s engineering firm, Quad3 Group of Wilkes-Barre.

In another matter related to the streets, Councilman Ron Kaiser reported that 25 mph signs have now been erected on Nuangola Avenue and Nuangola Boulevard to go with 25 mph signs that were posted recently on Lance Avenue and Van Avenue.

At the April meeting, Kaiser said the speed signs are the result of a compromise with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation after it was determined the erection of stop signs, as Kaiser sought, weren’t the answer to the problem.

In another matter, Kochan cautioned borough residents that there has been an increase in bear sightings within the past month, including an incident in which the dog of Councilman Tucker was attacked by a bear and sustained severe lacerations.

“Beware,” Kochan said. “There are lots of bear out there … be especially careful at night.”

Councilman Mark Gandzyk suggested that in instances of bear sightings, residents are advised to contact the Pa. Game Commission.

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