City Ordinances Updated and are to be placed on computer disc
City ordinances enacted since the 1920s have been undergoing an updating process
for the last 2 years.
When the updating is completed the ordinances will become
known as the Nanticoke City Code.
The new code will also be filed on compact
disc for easy access.
In addition to codifying ordinances pertinent resolutions
will be updated
The code will be divided into 27 chapters, with parts, sections,
and subsections within each chapter. It will also have an appendix title with
enactment's of a one-time or historical nature.
When the CD is available we
will put all of the ordinances on this web site.
2 Businessmen Came To Nanticoke's Aid
The purpose of this letter is
twofold. First, as a report to the residents of the city of Nanticoke regarding
emergency communications in the city, and second, as a few words of thanks to
local business leaders who made it possible.
Joseph Reilly, of Reilly Plating Co., Nanticoke, recently donated a 16 channel
programmable Motorola repeater for the Nanticoke Fire Department
radio system. Mr. Robert Luksh, of Luksh Electric, did considerable work in its
installation. This system and equipment will be used by members of the fire department
to communicate between the fire command officers who are positioned outside of
the building and the firefighters who are inside of the structure. This is a great
safety feature as it enables the firefighters to monitor all base and individual
communications at fire scenes. The installation of the fire department repeater
system completes a rebuilding of the city's emergency communications network.
This network is a "state-of-the-art" system that allows intercommunication between
not only the city's police, fire, and emergency management
personnel, but also includes the city's department of public
works. In addition, 'we also have radio communications capabilities with the
Greater Nanticoke Area School District, which
further tends to the safety and security of those students.
of this type of system was recently demonstrated during the train derailment in
neighboring Newport Township, access to which was gained through a staging area
in Nanticoke city. Emergency responders were at times unable to communicate with
each other from the scene of the derailment to the staging area due to the rough
terrain in the area. A portable radio system had to be stationed at the derailment
site to provide this essential communication. With the new repeater system this
will no longer be a problem.
I wish to thank Mr. Joseph Reilly and Mr. Robert
Luksh for their interest in the city of Nanticoke and the safety of its citizens.
Chester J. Zaremba
Chief of Police
Emergency Communications Coordinator
for the City of Nanticoke
Park needs more police patrols, businessman tells Nanticoke council
Business owner Kevin Czekalski approached
council Wednesday night with several complaints regarding vandalism and noise
in Patriot Square Park.
His business, Plains Bike South, is located across
from the park on South Market Street. Czekalski was concerned with the amount
of juveniles who populate the area and said their vulgar language is offensive
to his customers.
"If you have three police officers working during the day
shift, move one into the night shift then you have three on at night," Czekalski
In efforts to help renovate the appearances of Patriot Square Park,
four trees were recently purchased, and there was discussion of renovating the
monument, said acting Mayor Yvonne Bozinski.
Despite these efforts, vandals
recently knocked one of the trees down and spray painted the monument, she said.
A reward is being offered for the capture and conviction of the people responsible.
The amount has not yet been reached and donations are still being made toward
the final amount of that reward.
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"I want this to send the message
that we will not tolerate this anymore in Nanticoke," Bozinski said.
Bozinski discussed the cost of refuse collection. A bid for
a new contract will soon be put out because the current contract is up. Increased
fees for dumping are raising the city's costs.
The cost of handicap signs
for parking are expected to increase. The cost now is $75 to anyone applying for
the sign, but it costs the city $92 to erect a sign. It is a possibility that
there will be an annual renewal fee charged to determine what signs in the city
aren't being utilized, Bozinski said.
Kimberly James from Times
Nanticoke Zoners Give Preliminary Approval To Personal Care Facility
Zoning Hearing Board's approval Thursday of the first phase of a construction
project and conditional approval of the project's second phase clears the way
for Senior Health Care Properties, Wilkes-Barre, to begin construction in November
of an $8 million, 66-bed personal care facility and a 63-unit senior independent
The dual-purpose complex, as described by project engineer
Russell Bilby of Design Consultants, West Wyoming, will be located on 12.75 acres
at the northeast end of Kosciuszko Street.
For purposes of comparison, Lexington
Village, the facility's name, according to Senior Health Executive Vice President
Michael Ortolani, "will be similar in style to Wesley
Village (Pittston) or the Sisters of Mercy facility in Dallas." During questioning
following the hearing, Ortolani said that once construction is completed, expected
sometime in early spring or fall 2003, the facility would be operated and managed
by Hallmark Properties, Pittsburgh, a health facilities management company
"We also expect that between 35 and 45 jobs will be created for the personal care
portion of Lexington Village and some additional jobs to help service the senior
independent living cottages," added Ortolani. Plans, designed by architect Robert
Lack of Allied Engineering, Dallas, show each of 63 cottages as featuring a living
room, bedroom, eating area, bathroom, porch, a garage and driveway
said each cottage would be approximately 850 square feet.
"The personal care
portion of Lexington Village will focus about 50 percent of its attention to assisting
residents who suffer with Alzheimer's
disease," said Ortolani.
Phase two of the project, the senior independent
cottages phase, must still receive final approval from Nanticoke Planning Commission,
which has gave conditional approval contingent upon the zoning board's approval
for a special exception and variance for the project.
Bilby said phase one,
the personal care facility, has received final approval of the planning commission
and the zoning board.
Receive Recycling Grants
Nanticoke, Larksville and Newport Township have
received grant money from the state Department of Environmental Protection's Recycling
and Performance Grant Program. The grants are based on total tons recycled and
each municipality's overall recycling rate. Nanticoke received $33,220, Larksville,
$3,201 and Newport Township, $5,292. The state's goal is to recycle 35 percent
of all municipal waste by next year.
Man, Business Get
Kudos For Clean Lots
A city resident and business were acknowledged for
the upkeep of their properties at Wednesday night's City Council meeting.
Theresa Sowa of the recently formed Civic Pride Committee presented an award certificate
to a Michael Sinco, 92, of Green Street and Bartuska's Furniture on Main Street.
"Michael Sinco has a small property, but works very hard to keep it neat. I hope
he sets an example," Sowa said. She hopes that awarding these certificates will
motivate others to take pride in their properties and the city.
Yvonne Bozinski said city inspectors are looking at
deteriorating properties and will take legal action against owners if necessary.
In other news, council passed an ordinance officially allowing Hanover Township's
Fire Department to assist on calls in Nanticoke and vice versa.
Fire Chief Stanley Browski was present to thank council.
"We've been assisting
Nanticoke for years, but this agreement will clear up any gray areas. My men and
women in Hanover are here for you if you call, and I know Nanticoke will do the
same. This is a good day for both communities."
Towns scramble as dump fees soar
Landfill fees have tripled, putting a
squeeze on area towns' trash pickup services and threatening
won't be able to place rusty washing machines and busted televisions on the curb
Edwardsville residents who use private haulers are paying more
for trash collection. Those who use the borough's refuse service won't see their
rates jump this year, but their reprieve isn't likely to last long.
is true in Pittston, where residents pay $120 a year to have three bags of trash,
their recyclables and yard clippings taken away every week.
Higher rates and
cuts in services come as a response to higher tipping fees charged to waste haulers
at Pennsylvania landfills.
Tipping fees tripled on July 8 to $6 per ton -
a blow to area municipalities struggling to stay out of the red.
to us, especially because it came in the middle of the year," said Nanticoke Administrator
Richard Muessig. "If the state had given us six months, that would have made it
a little easier because we could have budgeted for it, but this just came out
of the blue."
The $4 per ton hike is part of a compromise reached early in
July when Governor Mark Schweiker and lawmakers finalized the state's budget.
Tipping fees are expected to generate $94 million to help offset the state's $1.3
billion budget deficit. This year, $50 million from the increased fees will be
used to support Growing Greener, a grant program funding a variety of environmental
Muessig estimates the higher tipping fees will cost Nanticoke between
$20,000 and $30,000 over the next five months. As a result, the cash-strapped
city, which contracts with Apex Waste Services for trash collection and Waste
Reduction and Recycling for recycling pickup, has begun cutting refuse services.
"I think we're the only municipality in the area that provided big item pickup
on a weekly basis anyway," said Councilwoman Yvonne Bozinski. "In most towns,
they do that once a year."
Residents will be able to put one large item out
twice more this year, and the service will likely be scaled back further in 2003.
And there might be other changes.
"We're going to have to take a close look
at what services we do provide and decide what we can afford in the future," said
In Edwardsville, officials are in the process reevaluating the borough's
refuse services while at the same time bracing for an influx of new customers.
Until last month when the higher tipping fees went into effect, about half of
the borough's residents relied on a private hauler to collect their trash. When
the hauler raised its rates to compensate for the new expenses, many residents
switched to the borough's refuse service, which charges $1.50 per 30-pound bag.
"I think we'll see a lot more people switching in the next couple of months,"
said borough Administrator Kristen Kanaske. "And that's bad for us right now,
because the more we dump the more we pay."
Kanaske said there are no plans
to increase the price of trash bags through this year, but next year the borough
may be forced to ask residents to share a bigger part of the cost.
because the refuse budget starts at zero and ends at zero - and with our aging
equipment we don't have a lot of wiggle room."
Residents of Nanticoke can
expect trash to be picked up as usual, but the city's weekly big-item pickup has
been scrapped as a result of higher tipping fees at the state's landfills. Similar
cuts in services and increased trash collection fees are being considered by other
municipalities forced to recoup thousands of dollars in new charges
New stamp honors Nanticoke native, other
firefighters who died Sept. 11
Among the 'Heroes'
By MELANIE MENSCH - taken from Times
Nanticoke native and New York firefighter who died in the line of duty Sept. 11
were remembered at the unveiling of the "Heroes of 2001" stamp Friday at the Nanticoke
post office. The U.S. Postal Service ceremony honored Michael Carlo, 35, who was
in the south tower of the World Trade Center when it collapsed. Carlo and five
other members of Engine Co. 230 in Brooklyn were killed. Michael's brother, Robert
Carlo, also a New York firefighter, survived. Their mother, Phyllis Carlo, clutched
a single red rose throughout the ceremony. "I'm sure he's smiling right now. He
would love all the attention," she said, wearing a T-shirt with an American flag
encircled by the names of the six firefighters lost from Engine Co. 230. She also
accepted a stamp plaque in memory of Michael. "It's a beautiful stamp," Carlo
said. The 45-cent stamp is sold at higher than first-class rates and depicts the
famous photograph of three New York firefighters raising the flag amid the destruction
at ground zero. For each stamp purchased, the postal service will give 11 cents
to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Charity to benefit the families of
emergency personnel or those permanently disabled in the line of duty on Sept.
11, said Postmaster Joe Vernoski. The first-class stamp is available at all post
offices, he said. This is the second postage stamp used for charity, Vernoski
said. The Breast Cancer Research stamp project raised more than $20 million in
two years, he said. Vernoski presented "Heroes" plaques to a representative of
U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, state Rep. John Yudichak, D-Nanticoke,
and WBRE TV-Channel 28 anchorman Keith Martin, all speakers at the ceremony. "It's
a small token to those who lost loved ones in the attacks," Yudichak said. "It's
never going to be enough. But because we have that local connection, it's important
for Northeast Pennsylvania to recognize and remember those who put their lives
on the line." The Nanticoke police and fire departments also received plaques.
Engine Co. 230 in Brooklyn will receive a plaque honoring their lost firefighters.
Kim Smith of Wilkes-Barre purchased full sheets of the new stamp to frame as gifts
for her godchildren, she said. "I thought (the ceremony) was very touching," Smith
said. "It shows that heroism does exist nowadays."
Nanticoke Mayor John Toole has designated May as Poppy Month. Ed
Bieda, of Nanticoke American Legion Post 350, is chairman of the Poppy Sale and
asks cooperation from the general public. The poppy is made by disabled veterans
in various hospitals. By wearing one, you show honor, respect and admiration to
those who have given so much of their lives for the sake of freedom and liberty
of the United States of America.
Long known as the corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
because it flourishes as a weed in grain fields, the Flanders poppy as it is now
usually called, grew profusely in the trenches and craters of the war zone. Artillery
shells and shrapnel stirred up the earth and exposed the seeds to the light they
needed to germinate.
This same poppy also flowers in Turkey in early spring
- as it did in April 1915 when the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli. According to Australias
official war historian C.E.W.Bean, a valley south of ANZAC beach got its name
Poppy Valley from the field of brilliant red poppies near its mouth.
Whilst the red poppy is a symbol of modern times, legend has it that the poppy
goes back to the time of the Mogul leader, Genghis Khan, as the flower associated
with human sacrifice. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Mogul Emperor led his
warrior hordes on campaigns south to India, and west to envelop Russia as far
as the shores of the Black Sea. The policy adopted by the armies of Genghis Khan
was simple and effective. They would isolate their enemies, surround and completely
annihilate them. The legend states that on the battlefields that were literally
drenched with blood, white poppies grew in vast profusion.
The modern story
of the poppy is, of course, no legend. In the years immediately following World
War 1, governments and the whole of society, had not accepted the responsibility
for those incapacitated and bereft as a result of war. In Britain, unemployment
accentuated the problem. Earl Haig, the British Commander-in-Chief, undertook
the task of organizing the British Legion as a means of coping with the problems
of hundreds and thousands of men who had served under him in battle.
a group of widows of French ex-servicemen called on him at the British Legion
Headquarters. They brought with them from France some poppies they had made, and
suggested that they might be sold as a means of raising money to aid the distressed
among those who were incapacitated as a result of the war. The first red poppies
to come to Australia, in 1921, were made in France.
In Australia, single poppies
are not usually worn on ANZAC Day - the poppy belongs to Remembrance Day, 11 November.
However, wreaths of poppies are traditionally placed at memorials and honor boards
on ANZAC Day.
The red Flanders poppy was first described as a flower
of remembrance by Colonel John McCrae, who was Professor of Medicine at McGill
University of Canada before World War One. Colonel McCrae had served as a gunner
in the Boer War, but went to France in World War One as a medical Officer with
the first Canadian Contingent
The future is now: Large crowd turns out for supermarket's
Hailed as a major step toward the revitalization of downtown
By Rick Staron, Citizens'
Voice Staff Writer
act of grocery shopping took a step into the 21st century Saturday morning in
Nanticoke, at the same time a major piece of the city's downtown revitalization
puzzle fell into place, with the grand opening of the new Weis Market superstore.The
54,000 square-foot store, on the site of the former Mr. Z's which was closed last
spring, drew thousands of shoppers from the city and surrounding communities.
In fact, Weis officials opened the doors at approximately 8:45 a.m., earlier than
the scheduled 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony because hundreds of shivering customers
were already lined up waiting to get inside.Surveying the full parking lot, state
Rep. John Yudichak seemed pleased with the situation, and credited the Weis corporation
for its commitment to Nanticoke's downtown."They committed to the project and
brought this first-class store into a first-class community," said Yudichak. "This
ties directly into our other efforts at economic development in downtown Nanticoke."The
next major step, according to Yudichak, is expanding the Kanjorski Center on Main
Street in order to secure the jobs of approximately 300 Health Now employees and
add as many as 100 new jobs."They want to expand there, but they don't have an
extra inch of space right now, the building is at 100 percent capacity," Yudichak
said. "So we're trying to get a 30,000 square-foot expansion and that has to be
our number one priority now."The reason the expansion of the Kanjorski Building
is pivotal, Yudichak explained, is that 400 permanent downtown jobs would make
the area far more attractive to retail businesses. He said the idea is to attract
corporations, which put people in the downtown, and retail establishments, which
give those people places to shop.Yvonne Bozinski, a member of Nanticoke City Council,
was shopping at the new Weis Market and agreed with Yudichak's assessment that
the Kanjorski building expansion is the next step, and went a step further, pointing
to the Market Street area as another focal point.She said that project will entail
the demolition of as many as five buildings followed by new construction geared
toward bringing jobs and commerce to the downtown. One option, according to Bozinski,
is a building with store fronts at ground level and office spaces above.City council
and the mayor's office, along with the Nanticoke Municipal Authority, Luzerne
County officials, and Yudichak, are busy seeking funding for the Market Street
project, according to both Bozinski and Yudichak.Bozinski made her comments Saturday
as she was checking out her own items at the new Weis Market automated checkout
self-scan system. The self-scan system, which allows customers to check themselves
out of the store without having to wait for a cashier, has been a hit with customers
in stores where it has been tried according to Weis director of public relations
Dennis Curtin.Curtin pointed out the self-serve lanes as one of many innovations
and improvements from the Mr. Z's supermarket the new Weis Market replaced.Other
improvements include a greatly expanded deli; a bakery, and a full service seafood
counter, as well as the addition of a pharmacy in the store."At a time when a
lot of other companies are pulling up stakes, we've been around since 1912 investing
in the community," said Curtin. "This has been a good area for us and we are looking
to continue to grow here."