Last updated: June 22. 2014 11:09PM - 1514 Views
By Susan Bettinger Times Leader Correspondent

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NANTICOKE — City Council on Wednesday authorized the transfer of two parcels of land.

One of the parcels is 30 feet by 100 feet, located at Market and Spring streets, and is appraised at $12,000. The other parcel, which faces Market Street, is a bit larger and is appraised at $11,000.

Mayor Richard Wiaterowski said the city is looking for a developer to purchase the parcels.

The developer will have 18 months to pay the appraised value of the parcels to the city. If the value is not paid in full, the developer will have to return the parcels.

In another matter, Hank Marks, president of the Taxpayers Association, asked about the status of the Downtown Streetscape Project.

City Manager Andrew Gegaris said the city has to pay close attention as to how the $7 million grant, which was awarded for the project, will be used.

Gegaris said the first step will be the traffic study. He added that council and the mayor are anxious to see the project’s completion.

Also, Gegaris publicly thanked residents Lou Gianuzzi and Rebecca Seman for their work on beautifying Patriot Square.

Gianuzzi painted the flower bed in the park and posted signs on the trees announcing some actions prohibited in the park, such as smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages.

He is now in the process of painting the 11 benches located within the park.

Seman, founder of the Community Garden, is looking for farmers for the Farmer’s Market, which will be held on Saturday July 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Patriot Square. Seaman can be reached at 570-793-7910 for further information.

The next Crime Watch meeting will be at the Municipal Building on June 25 at 7 p.m.

The city’s fireworks display will be on July 3, starting at 6 p.m. at the Greater Nanticoke Area High School football field.

In addition to the fireworks, the event, which is sponsored by the city, will feature music, food, face painting, a hot dog eating contest and a dunk tank.

The next council meeting will be on July 2 at 7 p.m.

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