The borough of Clarks Summit is taking action against residents and businesses with delinquent sewer bills.
At the Clarks Summit Borough Council meeting Feb. 6, the council affirmed those delinquent bill payers can expect a water shut-off posting on their property the week of Feb. 10 -14. If no payment is received after the posting, the water will be shut off before the end of the month.
The ongoing issue began in November 2013 when the borough first sent notices to residents and businesses due to thousands of dollars in outstanding sewer bills. Since the notices went out, Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe said approximately a little less than half of those who received notices still have not paid.
According to Kehoe, when residents and businesses are delinquent on their sewer bills, it could result that those paying on time may end up paying more.
“The rate didn’t go up this year and we are trying to keep it as low as possible,” Kehoe said over the phone on Monday, but ultimately it isn’t fair to those who pay on time.
Kehoe said Clarks Summit’s sewer rates are “middle of the road” compared to other sewer costs in Lackawanna County and the borough is trying to keep it that way.
Council will meet again to vote on other upcoming issues at the regularly-scheduled February work session.
Kehoe said discussions are in place for a contract to fill the vacant police chief position, held temporarily by Borough Officer in Charge (O.I.C.) Christopher Yarns. Councilperson Herman Johnson recognized Officer Yarns during January’s reorganization meeting and said Officer Yarns has been doing a “commendable job,” in the interim.
Although it was not confirmed whether the police chief position will be filled during the work session, Kehoe said, “We are prepared to take some action at that meeting.”
The council will also need to vote on a uniform construction code ordinance from 2004. Kehoe said the borough is changing the appeal ordinance to say the appeal is entirely represented by all board members as opposed to sharing with Clarks Green and South Abington.
The Clarks Summit Council work session will be held in the borough building Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.