New council member Steve Golya no stranger to Hughestown Borough business

By B. Garret Rogan - For Sunday Dispatch

HUGHESTOWN — The borough council welcomed a new member during its first regular meeting of the year.

Steve Golya, a 61-year-old lifelong Hughestown resident, is a familiar face around the borough. In 2013 he retired from Hughestown’s police force after serving for 13 years as the department’s chief.

“I look forward to working with all of you,” Golya said to his colleagues. “We won’t agree on everything, but I’m not here to make friends.”

Golya went on to state that he is eager to rectify some common complaints that he has heard from residents, particularly regarding road conditions.

His comments were echoed by council member David Stefannowski who pointed out that the state of Grandview Drive has steadily deteriorated as it has grown to become popular for truck traffic heading to the Stauffer Pointe area.

Council member Barbara Gatto agreed about the problem and lamented that financial constraints have prevented any major work on the roadway.

Borough officials will look into temporary solutions for the time being.

In other news, current Hughestown Police Chief Jeff Balut alerted borough officials to the job performance of Police Officer Robert Callahan.

Balut has recently assigned Callahan to work on a child abuse case and has since received praise from the office of the Luzerne County District Attorney for Callahan’s diligence and professionalism.

“I like to let council know whenever our officers get feedback,” Balut said. “Especially unsolicited positive feedback.”

Hughestown will hold its next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8.

By B. Garret Rogan

For Sunday Dispatch

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