NUANGOLA — Council voted 5-1 Monday night to appoint Michelle Zawoiski to serve on council, filling a two-year term that technically had been held by Councilman Michael Johnson.
In the November election, Johnson won for both a four-year and a two-year term. But at a reorganization meeting on Jan. 6, Johnson resigned the two-year post, which opened the way for council to nominate a successor.
Zawoiski, who said she served previously on council in the 1990s, became the nominee of choice and was supported by a majority of council.
There were two other nominees, former Councilman Ted Vancosky and Joan Shirk, the wife of sewer authority chairman Ray Shirk.
In addition to voting on Zawoiski, council acted unanimously to appoint Barry Jacobs of Fairview Township as the borough’s zoning enforcement officer; William Bilby as sewage enforcement officer (John Belles is Bilby’s alternate); the Quad3 Group of Wilkes-Barre, borough engineer; and the firm of Ray Zavada & Associates of Kingston as the borough auditor.
Councilwoman Regina Plodwick was re-appointed to a four-year term on the planning commission, but other appointments to the zoning hearing board and planning commission were tabled until the February meeting.
Johnson, who recently was designated to serve on the sewer authority, reported that during the frigid weather of two weeks ago there were three incidents of grinder pumps becoming frozen. Johnson said that comment at the authority meeting centered on the pumps not being installed correctly, including backfill compaction not being according to design specifications.
Johnson didn’t elaborate further, except to say the matter may come before the sewer authority in February.
His report also detailed that 290 houses are connected to the system. He said the collection of monthly user fees, $67, will commence Feb. 8.
During discussion on sewer system, it was pointed out the borough building is one of several buildings still not connected. Council Chairman John Kochan said that is because there is a problem with the main line. He also said that it’s not possible to excavate frozen ground.
Shirk said that council, however, faces the possibility of a penalty of $2,050 plus interest for connecting late to the system and the cost of monthly user fees.
At a reorganization meeting on Jan. 7, Shirk was re-elected authority chairman; Gerard Maskinas, vice chairman; Sally DiRico, secretary; Vancosky, treasurer, and Robert Gonos, solicitor.