PITTSTON TOWNSHIP


First Posted: 9/18/2013

Pittston Township Solicitor John Finnerty addressed residents’ concerns regarding the issue of the Oak Street railroad crossing’s maintenance at the Pittston Township supervisors meeting on Sept. 16.

The issue has been debated for the past two years and has been the focus of several hearings.

During a recent hearing, it was ordered that the railroad’s surface be replaced but the Pennsylvania Utility Commission reviewed the case and reversed the decision.

Since then, all parties involved have been trying to resolve the issue.

The railroad crossing’s repairs will begin in the spring of 2014 and are expected to be completed by April 15, 2014. Until the final repairs are in process, the railroad will utilize coal patch as its means of maintenance.

In other matters:

Court Street resident Susan Stempien inquired why the township has only one police officer on duty, even on weekends. Stempien said she is concerned about recent crime in the area.

Supervisor Stephen Rinaldi explained that two of the five full-time officers are on disability, and that the matter “is in the process of being taken care of.”

Stempien also inquired about beginning a neighborhood crime watch, which Rinaldi agreed was an option.

Winter Street resident Bob Wojack presented a petition to the board of supervisors, displaying 28 signatures from residents urging the board not to turn Winter Street into a one-way street.

The plan was made to try to combat the problems caused by trucks driving on Winter Street.

Wojack stated that the “trucks don’t obey the signs as is” and that he constantly witnesses trucks “disobeying the law.” Wojack suggested placing a metal bar across the road that trucks would be unable to drive under as a possible solution to the problem.

Twin brothers Blaise and Michael Twardowski joined older brother, Christopher, in receiving their Eagle Scout plaques. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest award obtainable by Boy Scouts.

Requirements include receiving at least 21 merit badges, demonstrating Scout spirit and commitment to duty, and planning and carrying out an extensive service project. In addition, the siblings have also received the Pope Pious XII Award from St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton.

The Twardowski brothers also have a sister who received the Girl Scouts’ highest award, the Gold Star Award.

The next supervisors meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

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