Several orders of business were carried out at the December 17, 2018, meeting of the Moscow Borough Council. Opening the meeting, borough resident Jean Ann Morton expressed concern about people walking near her property and up Van Brunt St. She was informed that there is a surveying company working on the design phase for the replacement of the bridge, which is owned by Lackawanna County, on Van Brunt St.

In her report to the council, Moscow mayor Rosemarie Warner said that borough police officer Martin Cieless is back at work and she wishes his family well. She also stated that she received many positive comments about the Christmas decorations on Main St. She thanked those involved in the tree lighting ceremony, including the junior council members, Patrolman James Anglin, Connie Sanko, Beth Murray, the Department of Public Works, and the North Pocono Rotary.

The Zoning Hearing Board reported that the variance for the front parking lot of the new Dollar General was approved. The 10,600 square foot building will be located across Van Brunt Creek and to the left of the existing Dollar General, so the new store will still be within walking distance for people residing within the borough.

Council members received copies of the letter approving the Dollar General parking lot variance, as well as a letter approving a variance for Walter Belasky and a letter and Notice of Intervention from Attorney Joseph P. McDonald regarding the Sam’s Land LLC appeal.

In Recreation Commission news, councilman Daniel Hanna reported that Adam Kieslowsky submitted an estimate of $3,900 to have port-a-potties enclosed at Golden Park. Mr. Kieslowsky requested and received approval for a down payment of one-third of the total price prior to beginning the project.

In other news, councilman Thomas Lynch said he will be asking Mark Mecca of the Department of Public Works to remove the exercise equipment from the basement of the Borough Building. A motion was made and carried unanimously to adopt the 2019 Budget and Tax Levy Ordinance #249 – 2018 as presented. A Tax Collection Meeting scheduled for December 13 was cancelled due to a lack of quorum.

Councilman Marc Gaughan reported that that Wayco Inc. will not be doing the work on McAndrews Rd. and Ardito’s parking lot until next spring. Wayco will also look at the sinkhole at the intersection of Maple St. and Church St.

A motion was made and carried unanimously to adopt Ordinance #250 -2018, an ordinance amending an older ordinance which prohibits smoking and tobacco use in and around the buildings, grounds, vehicles, and property of the North Pocono School District. The ordinance also provides for enforcement and penalties for violations.

Council president Arthur Pencek reported that he, Bill Heim, Connie Sanko, and Beth Murray attended a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Course on fiscal management in December. Mark Mecca attended a meeting with the Lackawanna County Commissioners about grant funding for storm damage from the August 2018 storm.

Lastly, a meeting is scheduled for February 6 at 2:00 p.m. with Karen Gifford at Dr. Thomas’s office from the Wright Center to discuss a medical facility possibly coming to the borough in the future.