PITTSTON — City Council opened Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting by hiring two police officers and honoring one of the city’s oldest residents.
Kyle Shumosic and Samuel Desimone are now the two newest of the city’s eight full-time officers.
Shumosic, 25, of West Pittston, originally from West Nanticoke, had previously served as a part-time officer for Pittston as well as West Pittston. Desimone, 22, originally from Old Forge, but now residing in Clarks Summit, served with Avoca’s police force before coming to Pittston.
The two placed at the top of a pool of eight applicants who went through the civil service testing process, the city said.
When resident Jim Norris complained that heavy truck traffic is ruining the quality of Williams Street, Mayor Jason Klush pointed to the hiring of the two officers in stating that the city will now be able to aggressively pursue trucks that are in violation of city regulations.
The city has seen an influx of large trucks transporting sand from companies on Railroad Street to various natural gas drilling sights throughout the region.
When Norris asked about the availability of impact fees that the natural gas companies might have to pay to Pittston, City Manager Joe Moskowitz said that although the city is negatively impacted by the industry in this respect, it is ineligible for impact fees because there are no gas wells within the city limits.
In other matters, city officials announced that April 27 will officially be known as Josephine Lazzari Day to commemorate the life-long city resident’s 100th birthday.
Lazzari is still a vibrant and active member of society, volunteering for several community groups. She credited prayer and the love of her family as the reasons for her health and longevity.