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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Resident's senior project helps park

  • During Tuesday night's meeting of the Waymart Borough Council, a senior at Western Wayne High School showed photos from the progression of their senior project, which benefited Wayside Park.
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  • During Tuesday night's meeting of the Waymart Borough Council, a senior at Western Wayne High School showed photos from the progression of their senior project, which benefited Wayside Park.
    Having a senior project is a requirement for graduation at Western Wayne, Wayne Highlands and Wallenpaupack School Districts. Jason Komar decided to make a picnic table for the borough as his project and donated it to the park.
    At Western Wayne there are four possible grades a student can get for their project, which are outstanding, satisfactory, pending and unsatisfactory. Jason received an outstanding for his project.
    The council thanked Jason for the picnic table, adding that he did a great job.
    Other business
    The Halloween party will take place on Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. in the park.
    Police chief Fred Glavich talked about wanting to change providers of the phone and Internet for the police department from South Canaan Telephone Company to Adams Cable.
    He said that the cost for the Internet is $34.99 a month and the phone lines would be $39.99 a month.
    "Our current service can't handle what we need it for," he said. "It's down so often that we can't depend on it."
    Glavich said switching would also be useful for when they have to Skype for arraignments and some hearings.
    Treasurer Michelle Gogolski said the police currently pay $85.69 for the fax line and $50.30 for the phone line.
    "Adams said we would be able to keep the same number as well," said Glavich.
    Council member Jane Varcoe suggested changing the borough over as well. The police department is also located in the borough building where council meets.
    "It could explain why we have some troubles too," she said.
    There is Internet hookup in "both offices" and Glavich stated that if they switch they "get a router" too.
    With a unanimous vote, council president Chip Norella asked council member AJ Gaudenzi to check into changing it for the whole building.
    Glavich also stated that the police cars need tires.
    "The cruiser needs them now, but the SUV can get can get through the current tires as much as it can," he said.
    He said that prices for the tires on the cruiser at $116 apiece, with $20 to get them mounted and balanced and another $3 to get rid of the old tires.
    "We'll probably keep them in case of a flat tire," Glavich stated. "It would be $556 total."
    Page 2 of 3 - He said the prices come from a contract through Goodyear that they have with the police department.
    The price for the SUV is $135 a piece, which includes the mounting and balancing.
    Council approved getting tires for the cruiser as well as the SUV "when it's needed."
    Resident Matthew Witt, who is working on replacing the two welcome signs in town as his Eagle Scout project, gave council an update.
    "I've done some fundraising, including having a table at Waystock," he said. "I sent letters to businesses as well. I have money to give to the borough, as I'm not supposed to hang onto it."
    The total given was $558.72.
    Witt stated that the original total cost of the project was $2,200, but was "overshot" by "about $700."
    "The total now is $1,500," he said. "There are different options if we want to lower the cost. We're about $900 away from where we need to be."
    The first idea was not doing solar panels, as was originally discussed. Witt said they're around $200 apiece ($400 total). He said they'd be "nice to have," but when it comes to money "they could be dropped."
    Another idea was to not do the decorative brick, which would be $200 ($100 a sign).
    "If you don't want the decorative brick or black mulch, or if the borough is willing to put in more money, we can do that too," Witt stated.
    Not doing aluminum signs was an option as well. Witt stated that the "lowest price found" was $250 from a place in Honesdale. He added that they were originally $380, but the owner "dropped to $250" after hearing it was for an Eagle Scout project.
    Witt said he also sent letters to businesses in June and has only received 10 of the approximate 35 sent out.
    Norella asked when he wanted to get the project done and Witt said it "depends on the design." He added that he's applying for a grant for $100 as well. Varcoe mentioned several places he might be able to find more grants too. He said he would look into it.
    Council decided to keep the design already discussed. Council member Lilian Rollison told Witt that he could have a donation table at the Halloween party and he said he would.
    Solicitor Chris Farrell said he reviewed the agility agreement, which would be a partnership between the borough and PennDOT to share resources for work that is done, and said that he found "nothing objecting" in it.
    "I don't see any reason not to enter into this agreement," he said.
    Page 3 of 3 - The council voted to enter into the agreement and it was approved.
    Resident Doug Stark, who lives on Birch Lane, talked about some problems with the roads in town.
    "Last year I received a letter asking if I could do work on the road, so I dug a ditch and also did some crown work," he stated. "Chip thanked me for the work."
    Stark mentioned how there has been a lot of rain and downpours, which doesn't help with maintaining the ditches.
    "I got another letter recently, saying that my rocks are going into the street and making it hard for pedestrians," he said. "The rain that falls from my property dumps down the ditch along Gravity Lane."
    Stark said that the water runs from Gravity Plains and down Carbondale Road.
    "The ditch dumps on me from other people," he said.
    He said that he's "tried to control the problem."
    "I got the letter then cleaned it up and took pictures of what I cleaned up," Stark stated. "I'm not trying to be a mad neighbor. I'm not trying to throw rocks at anyone. The pics don't lie, but it goes further than that."
    He added that he feels "singled out" and asked how many letters have been sent out this year with similar situations. Farrell stated that he "can't recall," to which Stark said "nobody did."
    "Not necessarily," stated Farrell. "I just don't recall right now."
    "It's not right to single me out," Stark said. "At one of your own borough buildings there are rocks on the road. You need to look at your own roads before looking at mine. How can you even tell if all the rocks are mine?"
    He stated that "because of the letter," he swept the rocks so it was a clean street and that they "didn't have any problems."
    "I didn't want to make a stink of it so I just took care of it," he said.
    "You got the letter because we received a complaint," said Norella. "That's our way legally to protect the borough. I appreciate all you did on the road, but the only reason you got the letter is because we got a complaint. If we got a complaint about someone else they would get a letter. We aren't here to pick on certain people. We are trying to protect the borough, which includes you too."
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