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Schuylkill Haven residents raise concerns about condition of properties

Two Schuylkill Haven residents say they are fed up with the condition and usage of some properties.

During public comment at the June 19 borough council meeting, resident Frank Noecker mentioned a property on North Margaretta Street that he says is a mess. “I’ve heard every excuse, but it’s worse than ever,” Noecker said, threatening to show up at every council meeting to complain until the property is clean.

Code enforcement officer Michael Paulin, who was at the meeting, said he is in contact with the property owner and is rectifying the issue but that there were delays due to issues such as the health of the property owner.

Resident Bob Reedy backed Noecker in noting the problems with the property and added a separate complaint regarding the usage of the former St. Ambrose Church and related buildings.

Paulin said he would look into Reedy’s concerns.

In regular business, council approved applying for another grant to update curbing, sidewalks and accessible ramps in areas around Main and Columbia streets. The approval follows a successful grant application earlier in the year.

Council is allowing Schuylkill Hose to borrow a light tower for its upcoming  music festival and approved fire police assistance for Port Carbon’s Independence Day parade.

Councilwoman Diane Roeder said several residents have complained to her about a dilapidated property in the 200 block of East Liberty Street. Paulin responded that it’s an estate property and he was looking into the issue.

Councilman Tom Gordon asked about the progress of a new Wi-Fi service called WeLink. Borough administrator Jessica Seiders said the transmitting boxes are being erected and electricity needs to be added. Seiders said there has been a slight delay with remote technical work, but that everything otherwise was on schedule.

Councilman John Williams thanked Seiders for addressing a common complaint at Schuylkill Haven meetings regarding noise caused by cars driving over the railroad crossing. Seiders has been working with railroad officials to quell the noise.

Williams also mentioned an initiative by the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs to come out with a 2025 calendar with photos from featured towns and how Schuylkill Haven may want to participate.

Mayor Michael Devlin commended the success of the recent senior picnic, Rock the Island and the Schuylkill River Sojourn, which launched from Schuylkill Haven.

The meeting ended with mention of a potential dedication of the recently newly constructed Columbia Street bridge. The bridge is to be dedicated to a deceased PennDOT engineer who worked on the design.


Source: Berkshire mont

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