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Swoyersville chief’s letter of intent to retire accepted

Council thanks Tom DiMaria for his service to the borough since 1986.

May 06. 2013 11:56PM
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SWOYERSVILLE — Borough Council accepted police Chief Tom DiMaria’s letter of intent to retire on Monday night.

DiMaria reflected on his service to the force since 1986, saying he had served in every rank.

“You will truly be missed,” Council President Ronald Alunni said. “You have done excellent work in service to the borough.”

“The highlights of my tenure include accreditation by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission and establishing a canine unit,” said DiMaria, “and I remain grateful for the support of the mayor and council.”

In another matter, council addressed the state of borough streets.

“Brook Street is so bad that ambulance personnel could not start an IV on my mother while driving on it and had to drive down to the bottom of the street before inserting it,” said one resident.

“I recently drove down Brook Street,” said Councilman Chris Concert, “and its pot hole city.”

Alunni said borough officials would be assessing streets and reporting back to council. He said it was the goal of council to keep its streets safe for residents.

In another matter, Secretary Gene Breznay said the borough was eligible for a Housing and Urban Development block grant for an amount yet to be determined. Use of grant monies would be limited to areas determined to have a population of low to moderate income residents.

Council also opened three bids for maintenance of pumping stations submitted by Northeast Electric Services, Scranton; Site Services Group, Springbrook Township; and Pumping Solutions, Wilkes-Barre. Council will review contents of the bids before its next meeting.

Mike Amato, borough engineer, said he wanted to ensure council was comparing “apples to apples,” before awarding a contract.

Council also addressed the issue of Hose Company No. 1’s fire truck being housed in West Wyoming.

Initially, the truck was moved to West Wyoming in an effort to assist that borough after its own truck was damaged in 2011.

Council members indicated that after more than a year, they had expected the truck would have returned to the borough.

Concert requested council meet with representatives of all three borough hose companies to clarify issues. Breznay said such a meeting would be scheduled.

Resident Donna Sheedy asked the council whether open burning was permitted within the borough. Alunni confirmed that no open burning, including fire pits, was allowed.

The next meeting of council will be on June 3 at 6:30 p.m.

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