Last updated: July 16. 2014 11:57PM - 1077 Views
By Susan Bettinger Times Leader Correspondent

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WEST WYOMING — Council member Michael Dolan had good news for borough residents at Monday’s Borough Council meeting.

Dolan announced that the borough’s ISO rating had dropped from a 6 to a 4, meaning residents could see a reduction in their homeowner’s insurance premiums.

There are currently 2,618 municipalities in Pennsylvania that participate in the rating system. Only 12.3 percent have a rating of 4 or lower.

The ratings are based on such categories as fire department capabilities, proximity to the homes, equipment, protocol and other standards. Homeowner’s insurance rates are adjusted according to the the municipality’s rating number. A lower municipality rating number means lower rates.

In other matters, Mayor Joseph Herbert discussed plans for the Dr. Jennifer Sidari Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s second annual motorcycle ride and benefit.

The event will be held Aug. 10 and is being supported by the Wyoming Valley Motorcycle Club and Cooper’s Cabana and Seafood Waterfront. The ride will leave from Cooper’s at noon, travel over the Eighth Street Bridge, continue on Eighth Street and cross over Shoemaker Avenue.

For more information contact Mark Bohn at (570) 814-9664 or Nicole Best at (570) 654-6883. Dr. Sidari, who was a West Pittston resident, passed away at age 26, in May 2013.

Council unanimously gave its approval for the amended Canvassing/Solicitation Ordinance. The ordinance now prohibits canvassing/solicitation on residents’ property after 7 p.m. or time of darkness.

Council also approved the Remote Attendance Ordinance. The ordinance allows for absent council members to actively take part in the meetings via telephone or virtual web devices.

The next council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11.

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