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LUZERNE — The Borough Council voted unanimously during Wednesday’s meeting to hire additional part-time help for anticipated street repairs this spring.

The Street Department currently is operating with only two employees. As the weather breaks, however, it is becoming clear that major patchwork will need to be completed.

“It’s literally impossible to do this type of patchwork with only two people,” council chairman Mike Jancuska said.

Although uncertain, the council members present at Wednesday’s meeting doubted that they budgeted for the additional employee. Mindful of that, borough officials stressed thrift in handling the matter.

It is anticipated that, at two days a week, the temporary part-time help will work only a total of 60 hours by the time the needed work is complete. Jancuska was not able to state the exact wage the worker will be paid, but he expected that the equivalent of roughly $15 per hour would be paid to a temp agency that will provide the worker.

Depending on weather developments, the patchwork is expected to take place on numerous Luzerne streets beginning in mid-April.

Borough Council members Judy Gober, Kurt Santayana and Bill Turcan were absent from the meeting.

In other matters, it was announced that the borough will collect and drop off electronic recyclable materials to the free countywide electronic recycling collection being held at Hanover Junior- Senior High School on June 15. Officials have yet to decide whether they will collect items from each home or host a drop-off at a location in Luzerne.

The council members also reminded the public of the municipal Easter egg hunt to be held at the Charles Street Park at 1 p.m. March 24. The event will be only for borough residents aged 10 and under.

The next regular borough meeting is set for 7 p.m. April 10.

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