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NANTICOKE – The city has received a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant for street paving, according to information presented at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

The grant allocation is being provided by the state Department of Community and Economic Development and will be used to pave Broad Street, starting at the park and extending to Green Street.

Also, the Public Works Department has applied 7 tons of cold patch to repair potholes.

According to the police report, there were 4,873 incidents in the city during 2012.

In other matters:

• Resident Jim Samselski expressed frustration to council regarding the lack of bids for the city's refuge collection. At the end of the year, the city's present refuge contract will end. Samselski said that administration is responsible to bring more than one company into the bidding process.

But council Vice President James Litchkofski replied that if only one company bids, then only one company bids. Council President Steve Duda added we do the best we can (with what we have).

Samselski said he also was unhappy with the long-term Comcast contract, saying it hurts citizens in Nanticoke to be locked in to a contract. City Solicitor William Finnegan Jr. answered by explaining that the city is in the middle of a re-negotiation process and is soliciting input from the public.

Former Pennsylvania State Trooper Stanley Jezewski has been appointed to the Police Civil Service Board. Jezewski's duties will include administering tests and interviewing candidates seeking to fill the five new openings for auxiliary police officers.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 16.

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