— A resident of the borough is furious over what he claims is a lack of action regarding an unsightly residence near his home.
Martin Soos, who lives on Hillcrest Circle, made his point very well known during Monday night's regular monthly meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council.
"We pride our self on keeping it nice," said Soos.
But, he said, his neighbor does "not want to keep it nice."
Soos claims the grass on the property is at least a foot high.
But Harry De Vrieze, chairman of the planning and zoning committee, said that just isn't the case.
"I was there and I am not seeing what you are seeing," said De Vrieze.
He said he drove by the property just three days earlier and "didn't see the problem."
Soos said both councilman Scott Smith and council president F.J. Monaghan have been to the property, as well.
"Why is it everyone sides with those who want to keep their places a mess?" said Soos.
He called it a "disgrace. You want to sweep me out of here without addressing the issue."
Mayor Ed Langendoerfer said he believes the council would be willing to look at the issue, especially when it comes to the height of grass.
DeVrieze said the opinion of Soos was not relevant to the law.
"Whether you like it or not, that is secondary," he said.
Soos then asked the council if the recent incident in which a man's flowers were cut down by the borough has made them hesitant to address issues.
"Are you snake bitten now?" he asked.
De Vrieze did say he would investigate a complaint by Soos about signs in the yard in question.
Page 2 of 3 - In another matter which came before the board, Honesdale Borough Police Chief Joe LoBasso said the department recently studied the crosswalk situation.
That issue has been discussion at length since Main and Church were changed to one-way streets.
The chief said they did observations at many locations on those two streets.
One result was four citations were written along with two warnings.
LoBasso said "for the most part," pedestrians did stop and look before crossing.
He said the biggest issue is if one vehicle stops, sometimes the driver of a vehicle in another lane may not stop.
"I caution pedestrians to stop in mid-walk," said the chief.
He also said pedestrians should use the marked crosswalks and not try to cross in other places.
"They have to make sure they have the drivers' attention before they cross," said the chief.
The council also discussed the upcoming budgeting process.
Finance committee chairman Scott Smith said input from the department heads has already been received and input into a preliminary budget.
He did say officials are looking at a possible 3 percent raise for non-police employees.
With that, the council decided to have a working session to go over the budget figures.
That meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at borough hall.
In other business:
• It was announced the annual Santa Parade and tree lighting will be on Nov. 23. The tree lighting will be in Central Park.
• It was also announced the Central Wayne Sewer Authority will be holding a public meeting on Oct. 25 to discuss the Terrace Street project.
It is expected a new sewer line will be installed on Terrace. That will mean tearing up of the sidewalk on the north side of the street. That work could be done before this winter.
Page 3 of 3 - The public meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Texas #4 Firehouse.