Construction to close Gedrich Street
Beginning Monday, Gedrich Street will be closed to all non-construction traffic between the cul-de-sac and Lidy Road, borough officials said. The closure is required due to construction of a connector road to Interstate 81, and will be in effect for the foreseeable future.
FAA and airport traffic will be able to access their gates via Lidy Road only, officials said.
State will investigate housing, employment complaints
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission will continue to accept and investigate employment discrimination complaints on behalf of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and housing discrimination complaints on behalf of the U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the federal government shutdown.
The commission investigates complaints on behalf of both federal agencies when the alleged discrimination violates both state law and federal law.
Online complaint filing with HUD and the EEOC is available during the shutdown, but complaints filed directly with federal agencies will not be processed or investigated until the federal government resumes normal operations. PHRC staff is available to assist by phone or in offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Appointments are recommended for visits. Learn more at www.phrc.state.pa.us under “File a Complaint.”
Francis Walter Dam rec plan to be discussed
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District will host a meeting to review the 2013 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan and solicit feedback for next year’s plan.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Holiday Inn Express in White Haven (the intersection of state Route 940 and Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike).
In 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held all of its scheduled whitewater and fisheries releases throughout the recreation season. Organizational leadership is encouraged to attend and provide recommendations and feedback.
Police department to get two new cruisers
City officials plan to use proceeds from crime-related forfeitures to buy two new police cruisers for $71,664. The purchase from Hoffman Ford through the state COSTARS program is on the agenda for council’s 5:30 p.m. work session and the meeting that follows. The funding is coming from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Also on the agenda are amending the consolidated action plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program, Emergency Solutions Program and Home Investment Partnership Program; authorizing the destruction of ambulance patient care reports from 2004 and 2005; and authorizing the sale of surplus city equipment, including public works vehicles and police vehicles, through L.A.G. Auctions.
Wyoming County DA warns of scam
The Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office is advising the public of a scam in the community that came to the attention of the office after a customer contracted with a company to perform plumbing and drain clearing work at his house, and the work was completed the same day.
Later that evening, someone claiming to be an employee of the company called the customer saying they did not charge enough for the work, requested an additional $600 and asked for the customer’s credit card number. The customer refused to provide the credit card number, saying it should already be on file with the company.
Anyone who receives a similar call should not provide a credit card number. Ask to speak with the manager and request a written invoice detailing the work done and the money owed, the DA’s office advised.