NUANGOLA — The first official meeting of borough council since December produced some controversy when an appointment to the Nuangola Sewer Authority came up for a vote Tuesday.
A majority of council elected Gerard Maskinas, a Church Road resident, to serve a five-year term succeeding David Pekar. It was the first time since December that council had enough members in attendance to constitute a quorum.
Pekar, who previously served as chairman of the authority, had submitted a request to be considered for re-appointment; however, he received the support of only council members Regina Plodwick and Ted Vancosky.
Maskinas was selected on the votes of councilmen John Kochan, Joe Tucker, Ron Kaiser and Michael Johnson. It was Johnson’s first voting session since being selected by the county court to serve out the term of Elaine Donahue, whose resignation became effective Dec. 31.
At the meeting Pekar expressed some bitterness when he spoke out about the need for “better representation for all of the people, not just for the special interests.”
Council also made these appointments: Kaiser, president pro-tem; Sabine Thomas, secretary-treasurer; William Bilby, sewage enforcement officer; John Belles, assistant sewage officer; Steve Bieryla, zoning officer; the law firm of Elliot, Greenleaf and Dean, solicitor; Quad3 Group, engineer, and John DiRico, vacancy chairman.
Three vacancies still exist on the zoning hearing board and two on the planning commission. Individuals willing to serve are asked to submit a letter of interest before the April 9 meeting.
In other matters:
• Plodwick reported that flood relief funds of $9,854 and $1,302 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are contained in closeout documents to be filed with FEMA.
• Closeout payments of $2,907, $5,006.97 and $5006.98 were approved for M&J Excavating for work on the Willow Grove Street project. Remittances also included $2,318 to Barry Issett Engineers for services on the project.
• An annual garbage collection fee of $155 was re-instituted, with the Municipal Marketing Services firm selected to prepare and distribute invoices.