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  •  Over $87K in back sewer bills

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  • Managing EditorTwenty one water termination notices were sent out by Hawley Area Authority, for failure to pay their sewer bills.?Hawley Council received the report at their Sept. 12th meeting. Carolyn Lorent, who was giving her final report as liaison to the Authority- she since resigned from Borough Council- said that two of the people came in and paid their bill. Service to one other has actually been shut off.?She explained by example, that if someone owed $1,000, at least $500 would need to be paid and the rest would be set up in a payment plan. If any of those payments were missed, the water service would be shut off.?Mayor Kevin Hawk, who is also a member of Hawley Area Authority’s board, said that the Authority had $87,241.80 in delinquent accounts to settle. “We need this money to avoid a rate increase,” Hawk said. “...It’s not fair to those who pay. Most in Hawley struggle to pay their bills.”?The termination notices follow other attempts to contact the customer. Letters are sent by registered mail.” They choose not to answer us,” Hawk said.Looking “seedy”Ron Finan, a Hawley resident, asked Council to find a way to tighten control over tenants. He suggested that a criminal background check be required for people renting in town. He said he would like to know who was living next door.?He described it thus, “Things are looking a little seedy around town.” He offered little specifics, but expressed concern about the large dogs some have been walking, He mentioned the incident on Friday morning Sept. 7, when a man approached two women walking on Hudson Street, and attacked one of them. The assailant, however, was from out of the area (Doylestown).?It’s not the same little old town anymore,” Finan added. A woman in the audience, also a native of Hawley, expressed agreement.?Borough Solicitor Robert Bernathy expressed empathy, that the a stiffer tenant ordinance may be helpful, but he did not believe it would be legal. “Then we’d be asked to put requirements in who buys property too,” he said. “We would nee d uniform application.”?Bernathy added that people with dogs are free to walk the streets, unless they are violating the law.?The present tenant ordinance has met with full compliance, the solicitor said. Council had talked about adding a section that if the police were called to a rental unit three times, the landlord would receive a notice, but Bernathy said he was concerned that would discriminate.Other business• Barbara Corrigan was named to Borough Council to fill the position of Carolyn Lorent, who resigned.?• Alvin “Bock” Myers submitted his resignation from Council, saying he was moving from the Borough.?• Council President Donald Kyzer reported that residents are not required to get a permit to put up a gate. Mike Rizzi had inquired, after a new gate was put up in front of the Hawley Silk Mill warehouse.?• Rizzi has expressed concerns many times about traffic that still to this day comes up Welwood Avenue expecting to reach Route 6, and having to turn around. Rizzi lives just before the steel emergency access gate that blocks Welwood from the Silk Mill, put in place once the roadway section was closed for the project. Rizzi said that some people must not be able to read the English on the traffic signs designating Welwood’s hill as a “dead end.” He has put up traffic cones in his driveway to stop people from turning around on his property.?Kyzer stated tat the Silk Mill management agreed to change the code to the access gate on a quarterly basis, to cut down on unauthorized use of the gate. The new code will be given to the police chief.?There is no obvious place to turn a vehicle around on Welwood before the gate, Mary Sanders, Council Vice-president said. Her advice was to have the Silk Mill management tell the Borough where an emergency turn-around would be designated.?• Joe & Lorenzo’s pizzeria had a conditional use hearing for their new location on the 300 block of Main Avenue. Council approved the application on condition that Department of Labor & Industry regulations are met. The owner expects to move in May 2013 to the new site, which is considerably larger than the present restaurant on the 200 block.?• Ann Monaghan was approved as an Alternate to the Borough Planning Commission, pending the expected formal resignation of member Cheryl Swaney. Monaghan would then move up to Commission member, in order to continue a quorum.?• Hawley Fire Chief Scott Mead reported that their tanker received an award for “Best Appearing” for the third year in a row, at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Volunteer Fireman's Federation convention in Jessup, Sept. 7-8.?• A second state grant source will be sought for hiking trail improvements in the Borough, after one was turned down.?• Council approved a resolution to apply for a $252,000 grant to build a grandstand in Bingham Park. The funds would come from the state Local Share Account, through Mount Airy casino revenue. Of this amount, $2,000 would need to be funded through the Borough or from donated money, labor or materials.?• A Victorian-style lamppost on Main Avenue will need to be replaced after being struck in an accident.?• Hawley Fire Department will host a Fire Prevention Week activity in Bingham Park, Saturday, Oct. 13. At the same time, Downtown Hawley Partnership will be holding their annual Hawley Hoe Down.?• Paul Brancato, owner of the Stourbridge Railroad Company, replied to Borough Solicitor Bernathy about the railroad crossing on Main Avenue. Brancato agreed to pay a reasonable cost to have the crossing repaired, Bernathy related.?Hawley Council meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, opposite Bingham Park. 

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