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Tempers hot over tax collector pick

SUGAR NOTCH – Tempers flared Wednesday evening as disagreements over the borough’s selection of a tax officer came into discussion.

In an exchange that become heated and profane, Councilman Mario Fiorucci noted the county resolution decrees a “local person” for the position, but other council members defended the ability of the current third party, the Wilkinson Agency, to handle it.

“We have to have somebody that watches the ball for us, on our end,” Fiorucci said.

Councilman Herman Balas was among those who disagreed with Fiorucci.“This is what every borough, school district, any governmental entity in the county of Luzerne is passing, so if you want to hold up earned income tax so we don’t get anything until mid-February, knock yourself out,” Balas scoffed.

Fiorucci maintained that the possibility of needing to appoint a local person may exist. The majority agreed to find out if it’s necessary to have a local person selected for the position and will follow up at the next meeting.

After tempers settled, the topic switched to road paving, and for the second consecutive meeting residents expressed concern to council members about several unpaved roads and alleys.

Council assured the residents the necessary steps are being taken to clean up the uneven roads as soon as possible. Councilwoman Regina Fillman said cones will be placed in the affected areas to warn motorists away from any possible damage to their vehicles.

In his recreation report, Fiorucci, who heads the Parks and Recreation Department, discussed the success of a 90-minute, three-mile hike that took place last weekend. Before the hike, Fiorucci cleared garbage and raked the trail free of leaves to ensure a safe experience for those who attended.

Council also announced that the garbage bills for the month will be going out next week, with new fluorescent green stickers becoming available between Nov. 15 and Dec. 17. Checks can be mailed in during that time.

Mayor William Davis announced the sixth annual Santa Parade will be held Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. Children and adults are encouraged to meet at the Hanover Industrial Park at 1:15 p.m. before picking up the route through Sugar Notch to the end of Main Street.

Davis was sure to mention that the event was not limited to only Sugar Notch.

“We welcome anyone from anywhere,” he said.

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