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February 16. 2013 6:04PM
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PITTSTON TWP. -- The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to terminate Centax/Don Wilkinson Agency as local services tax, or LST, collector and to award an emergency contract to HA Berkheimer.

"I have not seen one dime in LST collection for 2012, and we are entering the third quarter," Township Manager John Bonita said.

He said this meant that approximately $100,000 was due the township.

He said he believed Centax "was overwhelmed."

The board also approved an outside consultant to audit the mercantile and mechanical device tax collections for 2012.

"I believe that within weeks, we can have this under control," Bonita said.

The board also approved a roadway improvement project at the intersection of Oak Street and the Pittston Bypass.

Supervisor Steve Rinaldi said that project would result in better traffic flow and improved safety conditions in that area.

Resident Maryann Cameli said township garbage collector J.P. Mascaro refused to pick up four bags of trash that had been placed at her curb in compliance with township regulations.

Bonita advised her to call the township building for any subsequent problems.

Resident Joe McNamara addressed the board with concerns in regard to Ridge Road.

"The road needs to be properly graded," said McNamara, "so that when it rains it will not pour down my driveway."

Supervisor Joe Adams said that the township was looking into the matter.

The supervisors approved a $351,099 check for the township's volunteer fire department for purchase of a new fire truck, indicating that they anticipate the purchase of a new ambulance in the near future.

What's next

The next meeting of the township board will be held Sept. 17 at 7 pm.

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