At the July 16 meeting of Nanticoke City Council, Robert Hughes, a representative from Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, discussed a grant application that the city has applied for.
The MS4 Public Education and Outreach grant would focus on storm water and environmental problems within the municipality.
Nanticoke Creek would be a particular issue of interest. The creek “is on the federal list of impaired waters”, said Hughes.
Hughes, a Nanticoke resident, said that the grant has been beneficial to areas such as Scranton, and the Mid Valley regions when dealing with similar problems with the Lackawanna River.
Nanticoke City Manager Andrew Gegaris said he will “get in touch with other municipalities (who are involved) and their leaders” to try to find solutions to the problems associated with the creek. Gegaris as well as Earth Conservancy have written letters in support of the grant.
In other matters:
• Council awarded engineering contract to Penn Eastern for the Forge Creek Dredging project in the amount of 12,190,000.
• Lou Gianuzzi and Becky Seman, coordinators of the Nanticoke Patriot Square Activity Committee, are hoping to continue bringing new events to the park.
Gianuzzi said that about 200 people turned out for the July 12 event at the square. “Over 20 vendors participated, and most said that they would return,” Gianuzzi said.
Gianuzzi also stated that “almost every resident who I asked, said that they want to see more events like this” in Patriot Square.
• Council president Bill Brown announced that about 3,000 people attended Nanticoke’s “Big Bang” Independence Day celebration. The celebration and fireworks display was put together “within a month by the mayor” Brown said. Mayor Richard Wiaterowski planned and organized the city’s 4th of July event.
• The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office will be hosting a concealed Carry Law and Castle Doctrine seminar at the Nanticoke Municipal Building, on Monday, July 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Space is limited. Those interested may call Marilyn at 570-825-1714 to reserve a seat.
The next council meeting will be held on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.