SWOYERSVILLE — Councilman Joe Olejnick on Monday addressed failure of the borough to receive state gaming money “again this year.”
He said Swoyersville last received gaming money in 2009. Olejnick said money would have been directed to street maintenance, police vehicles and other borough needs.
He encouraged residents to contact their state representative.
Council President Ron Alunni said grant money received by the borough historically had been used to improve services.
In another matter, Ron Shadie, representing Swoyersville’s Hose Company No 1, said that in spite of recent allegations, the company’s solicitation of funds from area residents was appropriate. In spite of the closure of its home station, Shadie said the company’s engine 179, now in West Wyoming, continues to respond to fire emergencies.
The hose company was affected by 2008 allegations of the theft of $700,000 in bingo funds used for operations. Two people were charged in connection with an investigation.
A letter presented by Shadie indicated that 46 calls to which that engine had responded had been dispatched to Swoyersville.
Councilwoman Deborah Layou said council had sent a letter of inquiry to Hose Co. No. 1 and did not receive a response. “We did receive a list of fire personnel,” Alunni said, “but, some of them had moved out of the area, like to Florida.”
Marty Mahon, fire chief of Hose Company No. 2, requested a meeting with council members and the fire department for clarification on the matter.
In another matter, Alunni requested short letters from those who had indicated a desire to serve on the borough’s recreation board. “We want people willing to serve in the long term,” said Alunni.
Alunni also defended the fee charged to teams playing at Roosevelt Field, citing general maintenance done at the field by borough workers. “We don’t want to put an additional burden on the taxpayers,” said Councilman Joe Onzik, defending the fee.
Resident Tom Zdanciewicz lauded the efforts of the police department in quickly and effectively responding to a recent emergency his daughter experienced.
The next meeting of borough council will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 6.