DUPONT -- Embattled Borough Council member Brian Nesgoda, whose seat has remained empty for most of 2012's council meetings, has officially resigned from the position.
Council President Stanley Knick Jr. informed the borough of Nesgoda's resignation during Tuesday night's regular council meeting.
Nesgoda, who initially served on council from 2001 through 2008, began his second stint as a councilman in January. However, he has remained absent from the council since his arrest in March on domestic violence charges.
Knick said he thought all charges against Nesgoda had been dropped. In a statement submitted to the borough, Nesgoda gave no official reasons for his resignation and he could not be reached for comment following Tuesday's meeting.
The council will now accept applications for his replacement up until Aug. 29. A replacement will be selected during a special meeting on Sept. 4, and the new council member will be sworn in on Sept. 11.
Knick does not anticipate a large number of applicants. Full background checks will be performed on the person selected.
In other matters:
• Knick reported a wood chipping compost facility, jointly operated by six area municipalities, officially began operations on Tuesday.
Although there has previously been multiple successful demonstration runs, the first day of operations hit a literal snag as a branch caused a jam within the equipment. Knick noted that the problem is not serious, and he expects that the facility will run at full capacity today.
Each of the six municipalities responsible for the facility -- Avoca, Duryea, Hughestown, Jenkins, Pittston and Dupont -- can now begin dropping off the yard waste collected from their residents and properties. Businesses can also utilize the facility for a fee. One-ton trucks will be charged $25, 5-ton trucks will have to pay $45 and it will be $80 for tri-axle vehicles.
This is Dupont's first foray into the trend toward regionalization.
Dupont is currently in talks with the boroughs of Laflin and Hughestown about shared police services.
The next regular council meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.