Last updated: October 19. 2013 9:42AM - 1800 Views
SUSAN BETTINGER Times Leader Correspondent

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The next council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19.

HARVEYS LAKE — Council has approved the contract renewal of Police Chief Charles Musial for 2014-2016.

Musial, along with the borough’s police officers, will receive a 3% raise per year. Beginning with 2014, Musial’s yearly salary will be $53,107.

In other matters: Musial stated that 16 cars have recently been burglarized within the borough. Musial, along with Mayor Clarence Hogan, are urging all residents to keep their car doors locked.

Mary Jo Alcott, of Lakeside Drive, asked council for a response as to why “nothing has been done” regarding the situation of a dispute that she and her husband, Jeffrey, have with neighbors Fran and Margaret Kopko.

Alcott has asked the borough to force the Kopkos to remove a fence that Fran Kopko stated he placed on his property because the Algotts have propane tanks on and the delivery trucks that service them on his property. Kopko, who has lived at the address for the past 43 years, said that the situation leaves him with a liability issue.

Alcott also said that the Kopkos roof had fallen as a result of neglect. Kopko replied that he had the roof taken down himself and had been issued the permit for the work in August of this year.

Borough Solicitor Charles McCormick explained to Alcott that “if any action needs to be taken (regarding the accusations of the dispute) that the zoning officer will handle the matter within a week to 10 days.”

McCormick also added that “there are no clear violations” on the Kopko’s property.

Council approved JP Mascaro as the borough’s trash collector with a 3-year contract at the rate of $788,652. Additional stickers are available at $3.25, bulk stickers at $22.50 and alternate one annual household collection at a cost of $9,216.

Megan Sgarlat-Prynn vice-chair person of the Harveys Lake Environmental Committee announced that there are two vacancies on the committee. Any Harveys Lake resident or property owner who has an interest in environmental issues and concerns is asked to contact the borough’s secretary Susan Sutton at (570) 639-3300 for more details.

The Harveys Lake Halloween pumpkin carving contest will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 from at 19 Lakeside Drive, Near Pole 1. Participants only need to bring their own pumpkin. Utensils will be provided. For more information, contact Patti at (570) 762-2832.

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