NANTICOKE — Kevin Hazleton was sworn in Wednesday night as the city’s new fire chief, replacing Michael Bohan, who submitted his letter of resignation effective Jan. 31.
Bohan had been the city’s fire chief for the past 10 years. He cited health reasons for his resignation.
Jay Munson will replace Hazleton on the Fire Civil Service Commission.
Also, council approved an ordinance for carbon monoxide monitoring requirements within the city. The ordinance states that any new construction will have to comply with the monitoring requirements and have the proper detectors installed on the premises.
The ordinance does not provide for the inspection of the current structures without cause. The ordinance does provide that in event of an emergency such as fire, Code Enforcer Joe Kordek has the right to enforce the ordinance.
Council also passed an ordinance governing the establishment of 30 minute parking limits where a business requests such. Any fees linked to signs, labor and or advertisements associated with the limits will be paid for by the business.
In addition, council has approved an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of any gun or any fireman within the city. According to police Chief William Schultz, the ordinance does not infringe on a citizen’s rights to fire a gun within legal limits.
President of the Taxpayers Association Hank Marks questioned whether the ordinance applies to target practice, as well. Schultz replied that target practice can take place only in approved areas.
Marks also commented on Nanticoke’s 20 percent tax increase, saying that “it is the largest of any municipality in Luzerne County.” Marks asked if council would be able to rescind the large increase.
Council President William Brown said that council would “keep the issue in mind.”
Benefits and Finance Coordinator Donna Wall has been named as agent for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The next Crime Watch meeting will be Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
The next council meeting will be March 5 at 7 p.m.