PITTSTON – City Council members heard from a resident at Wednesday night's meeting about a problem his family believes took the life of their father, Chuck Menichini, in June.
Chris Menichini of Carroll Street, Chuck Menichini's son, said he has been trying to have something done about an improperly closed borehole, part of the Butler mine tunnel, behind the family's home. Menichini said he believes residual substances in the borehole led to his father's death from lymphoma.
"(The borehole) should have been capped off and filled with grout," Menichini said. "It wasn't."
He said that after digging behind his house, he found a thick gooey substance, kind of like pudding.
He said the council can expect to hear from him regularly until a solution is discovered. He had been quiet until his father's death at the age of 58, but now he said he wants to see something done.
In other matters:
•Fulton Street residents said they have experienced a string of petty burglaries within in the last few weeks.
Marie Manganiello said a lawnmower and wheel barrow had been stolen from her property, her neighbor lost two rocking chairs from her front porch and a house down the street reported two bicycles stolen.
Manganiello said she had spoken to the police and noticed increased patrols on the street, but she wanted the council to be aware of the problem.
•Sam Lombardo, of Mill Street, asked if the council had made progress in drafting a noise ordinance they tabled last month.
Lombardo said the other night, he heard dogs barking for more than three hours. Some of his neighbors shared in his belief that excessive barking has become a real problem, as those in the room from the area all seemed to agree.
Police Chief Robert Powers told Lombardo that a dog barking ordinance is in place, but action would require a claim and his testimony before the district judge.
Councilman Michael Lombardo said the proposed noise ordinance could be re-examined. He said he felt some of its nuances needed to be worked out before it was presented again.
"We could go back to the drawing board and come up with something more workable to put on the table," he said.