WAYMART—Details for a potential new traffic pattern in Waymart Borough were discussed at this month's Borough Council meeting, held Tuesday, April 9.

Council recently advertised Ordinance 2019-3, which proposes to designate the portion of Water Street between the Wayne Bank and East Street as one-way traffic heading east.

The ordinance also looks to prohibit parking on either side of Water Street.

“We're getting a lot of flak about that street because of the parking there,” said Council Vice President and Planning Committee Chair, Jane Varcoe at the April meeting.

The ordinance was advertised following the meeting and is expected to be voted on for approval at Council's May meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Borough Building on South Street.

Between now and Council's vote next month, Waymart residents have the opportunity to comment on the proposed ordinance.

A separate ordinance proposal was also discussed, though ultimately tabled until May, looking to make parking along Belmont Street limited to one hour only.

This was met with mixed reception. Points raised included how would enforcement work and how residential parking would factor in to such a change.

Deciding more thought and discussion was needed to address the matter, Council took no action and tabled the proposal.

New Zoning Officer

Waymart Brough Council hired Kevin Urian as the municipality's new Zoning Officer, swearing him into the duties of his office at the April meeting.

In the months following the retirement of former Zoning Officer, Jim Bridges, last year, Councilor Shane Bayly had been filling in as interim officer.

In other zoning news for the municipality, Waymart Borough Council approved Northeast Inspection Consultants (NEIC) as an alternate third-party agency to handle matter related to the uniform construction code in anticipation of new legislation.

Waymart Borough President, Lilian Rollison explained at the April meeting that House Bill 349, if passed, “...requires that municipalities which opt to enforce the uniform construction code (UCC) by utilizing third-party agencies have at least two or more of them under contract for UCC administration.”

Council approved the appointment unanimously, allowing NEIC to join Building Inspection Underwriters (BIU) as approved UCC third-party agencies.

Police and EMS matters

At the April meeting, Council approved the hiring of Lisa Deustachio as a part-time police officer pending receipt of her final certifications in May.

Council also approved the promotion of Officer Aaron Bertholf from Patrolman to Lieutenant.

Recounting the department's monthly activity, Police Chief Fred Glavich reported Waynmart Police responded to a total of 44 calls and 13 investigations in the month of March.

They provided assistance to an EMS call and assisted another police department.

Waymart PD also responded to one DUI and one harassment, issued one parking ticket and assisted a motorist.

Officers also provided two checks on resident welfare, investigated two suspicious persons and one suspicious vehicle, issued two verbal traffic warnings and four traffic citations.

Waymart PD issued one borough ordinance ticket and investigated one open burning in the municipality.

Separately, during the Planning Report, Varcoe noted Waymart received $40,000 as part of the Monroe County Local Share Account grant program to purchase resources as part of the “Essential Life-packs Project.”

“We're hoping to purchase one and part of another one and Cottage Hose is going to pay for the second one,” said Varcoe.

Under correspondence, Borough Secretary Kathy Millard noted Cottage Hose responded to 19 calls with 19 dispatches in the Month of March.

Year to date, they have had 53 calls and 53 responses.