Borough council urged to pursue more funds for flood-protection projects.

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Borough Council’s next meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. May 7.

WEST PITTSTON — Borough Council approved a grant agreement on Tuesday night between the state Department of Education and the borough for renovation and expansion of the West Pittston Library.

Resident Bob Shive lauded the borough’s effort to improve the library, but also encouraged council to pursue any available grants available for reinforcement of its levee system. “If we are going to put money into improving West Pittston, we need to protect it from any future flooding,” he said.

Judy Aita, president of Pittston Township Tomorrow, said she was excited that 10 young men and women from AmeriCorps-FEMA are in the area for two months to assist in flood recovery. AmeriCorps, whose motto is “Do good work, and do it well,” would provide youthful energy and enthusiasm necessary to strengthen the community, Aita said.

Pittston Township Tomorrow’s projects include a community garden, using formerly flooded areas to benefit residents.

In another matter, council approved an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for provision of street sweeping services on state highways within the borough. Council also approved a traffic study regarding the designation of Third Street as a one way.

Councilman Pete Musinski announced a park cleanup project for 9 a.m. Saturday. Leadership Wilkes-Barre will be assisting with the project.

Also approved was a lease/purchase agreement with Community First National Bank for the financing of the purchase of an SUV for the police department.

Mayor Anthony Denisco encouraged borough residents to “watch speed and stop signs, as the warm weather means more area residents are out walking, including many juveniles.” Parking regulations would be enforced by the police department, he said.

The next meeting of the Borough Council will be on May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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