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Wyalusing Begins Enforcing Jake Brake Ban

 

By David Keeler

The Wyalusing Borough Council told Police Sgt. Lloyd Overfield Monday night to start enforcing its new Jake Brake Ordinance.

Councilmember Kelly Bradley said the ordinance is passed and signs are in place. The ordinance restricts the use of Jake Brakes on Route 6 from Third Street to the borough’s eastern limit and on all of Route 706 in the borough.

Mayor Jean Reinhart told council that Sgt. Overfield is back on duty in the borough, after having resigned from the Laceyville Police Department earlier this year. Overfield, who patrols in Wyalusing through an agreement with Laceyville, said he’s been back on duty since the second week of August. He will work in Wyalusing with Officer Patrick Butkiewicz, also a Laceyville Police officer. Joe DeMuro, who had been patrolling in Wyalusing as a replacement for Overfield, left the area to accept a job in Louisiana.

Reinhart said that the borough’s response to the recent flooding was a comedy of errors that involved no communication with the borough’s Emergency Management Coordinator.

Although portions of the borough, including Park Place, were without power, the whereabouts of an emergency generator is unknown. “Thank God the fire company stepped up,” Bradley said. “Thank God some of these other individuals stepped up.”

The mayor pointed out that councilmembers couldn’t access the borough’s emergency management manual because it was locked in the borough hall office and nobody had a key.

“We need to develop a concept of what we would do if a scenario like this happened again,” Bradley said.

Mary Ann Raffin said council should meet with the fire company and develop a course of action for future events.

“We can’t beat ourselves up for what we didn’t do,” Bradley said. “But we need to be prepared to do better the next time.”

Other business included:

—Discussing, for the eighth consecutive month, parking along Route 6 in front of Carolyn Harrsch’s home. Harrsch was not at the meeting but was represented by her daughter, Melissa, in the 25-minute discussion.

—Learning that since PenMart is closed due to flooding, there is no convenient place to purchase diesel fuel for the borough’s skidsteer. A remedy will be to put a diesel tank in the borough’s pickup truck to transfer fuel.

—Agreeing to adopt bylaws governing the Bradford County COG (Council of Governments) of which Wyalusing is a member.

—Agreeing to renew the borough’s contract will Blue Ridge to provide Cable TV service in the borough. The borough gets a five-percent fee from Blue Ridge.

—Agreeing to meet on the evening of Sept. 11 with Gannon Insurance to discuss the borough’s coverage. That meeting depends on whether a Gannon representative will be able to attend.

—Discussing  the condition of Old State Street behind the Farm and Home Plaza  where the roadway is in bad shape due to heavy truck traffic.

—Agreeing to meet with Jane Dietz on Sept. 27 to discuss the borough’s 2012 budget.

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