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Nanticoke resident appeals for right-of-way map

July 18. 2013 12:27AM
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NANTICOKE — John Newman, of the Hanover section of Nanticoke, on Wednesday night voiced his frustration that the city apparently does not have a street map displaying who has the legal right of way on any given street within the city’s boundaries.

Newman began searching for a map with this information on Aug. 19, 2011, when, he says, he spoke with former City Manager Holly Cirko. He was told the city’s engineer would contact him, but never received a phone call, he said.

City Engineer Daryl Pawlush, who was in attendance at Wednesday’s council meeting, said he had no knowledge of Newman’s request.

Pawlush gave Newman his cellphone number, but Newman said he wanted to discuss the matter after the meeting. Pawlush agreed with the request. Pawlush added that of the 40 municipalities he is in contact with as an engineer, none has a street map of rights of way.

In other matters:

• Council approved a resolution that authorizes the filing of a proposal for funds for the Downtown Street Facade grant program.

• A resident expressed concern that the property at 681 E. Main St. might be being used as a group home. The property is maintained by a Step by Step family and will be checked by code enforcement to determine whether the property is actually being used as a group home, said Council President Steven Duda.

• Safety day will be held at Luzerne County Community College’s Public Safety Institute 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

• The Nanticoke Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. July 31 in City Hall.

• The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

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