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Courtdale stops flood repair work

Funding for the program, which was helping repair Corby Road, was cut.

COURTDALE — Repairs after the June flooding have come to a halt in the borough.

At Thursday’s council meeting, Mayor James Gaughan announced that because of lack of funding, the six workers on loan provided by the National Emergency Grant Program have been dismissed.

The program’s purpose was to provide workers throughout Luzerne County to help repair areas damaged by the flood. In Courtdale, the team completed work on Courtdale Avenue and was working on Corby Road when the funding was cut.

Council is planning to write a letter requesting the workers be allowed back to finish the Corby Road project.

Paul Kosakowski, a supervisor from the program, came to the meeting to thank the borough for all the help the workers received.

“It’s really great to see municipalities step forward,” Kosakowski said. He also said out of all the municipalities involved in the program, Courtdale was the best they had worked with.

In other matters, Gaughan asked council to make a motion to appoint officer Chris Matello as police chief.

“His efforts, expertise, and organization has been outstanding,” Gaughan said.

Matello said he has been acting as the temporary police chief for three years.

Councilman John Baldovsky disagreed with the suggestion, but before a discussion could begin, Solicitor Sam Sanguedolce advised council to call an executive session since it was a personnel matter.

After council was called back to order, a motion was passed 4-1 to appoint Matello, with Baldovsky voting no.

In other matters, council will be advising all crossing guards that if they miss a shift, the person who covers must be on the borough payroll because of liability issues.

The issue was raised by Matello, who said Baldovsky was not at his post during the week of Sept. 11-15, and had a neighbor fill in for him.

“If she was hurt, the borough could be sued,” Matello said.

President Carl Hodorowski said they will advise all guards to let the borough know if someone will be covering a shift so they could be placed on the payroll.

Matello was also concerned because Baldovsky received payment for that week, even though he did not work.

Baldovsky said he gave the money to his neighbor, and council did not press the issue.

In other business, council approved the purchase reflective vests for all crossing guards and borough workers to be compliant with state law.

Council also scheduled a special meeting for the first reading of the 2007 budget at 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

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