EDWARDSVILLE — A new restaurant and sports bar unanimously received the green light from Borough Council members, who also discussed a summer project to raise awareness on pollution of storm water that may help Wyoming Valley West students with community involvement.
Mark Perlis, owner of Three Guys Pizza, and partner Joe Costello addressed council and the public about a proposal to transfer a liquor license from Chick’s Café in Ashley to a new pizzeria at the former Japanese restaurant off Route 11.
Perlis does not own Chick’s Café but purchased the liquor license with the intent to transfer it to his new West Side location.
Three Guys Pizza already has locations in Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, and Mountain Top. Perlis said the restaurant does about 70 percent of its business is food sales, while 30 percent is attributed to the bar.
“The bar will compliment the dinning,” Perlis said.
He said that currently renovations are being done to the building that include construction of a patio and pavilion in the back for small private parties.
Councilman Gary Mack said he did some background checking on Perlis and his business to see if they had any previous problems and the results were “superb.”
“They are an outstanding business,” Mack said.
In other business, an idea to help educate the public on storm water pollution developed out of a confusing letter from the federal Environment Protection Agency.
Councilman John Sedeski said he received what seemed to be a “very scary letter” from the EPA regarding storm water management within the borough.
The letter used language such as failure to document and judicial procedures, which made Sedeski reach out to a local state Department of Environmental Protection representative for assistance.
After having the letter translated, Sedeski said, he learned the form letter was sent to all states and towns looking for proof of implemented procedures on storm water management.
“They wanted proof that we were doing all we said we were,” Sedeski said
Taking the borough’s storm water management program one step further, Sedeski proposed a motion for Samantha Weis, junior council member, to organize about two dozen students to paint a stencil of a fish with the slogan, “No Dumping Drains to River” in front of storm drains in residential areas throughout the borough.
“This will help of inform residents not to pour motor oil and other materials down storm drains,” he said.
The project will take several weeks to organize and be implemented this summer.
Sedeski said the project may qualify to fill the community service requirement for Wyoming Valley West students.
Weis will have to identify were the storm drains are, materials needed and students involved, Sedeski said.
“The project will be videotaped and posted on the borough’s website,” he said.
Also, council members approved a motion to hire Corey Matthew Pavinskias as a part-time police officer at $12.46 an hour. Charles Lynch was hired part-time to work with the borough’s Street Department at $10 per hour.
The first Edwardsville Pierogi Festival will be held noon to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday on Main Street. A parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The next municipal meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 10.