Susquehanna street commissioner resigns

BY HELEN B. FOSTER

Correspondent

Steve Glover, Susquehanna street commissioner for 27 years, announced last Tuesday night (Nov. 13) at brough council that he was stepping down.

He noted in a letter of resignation, “It has always been my objective to be sure the residents of the borough were safe.”

Glover spoke of the street department he faced when he first took over as street commissioner. There was a three stall dirt floor shed, two barely functioning trucks and the cinders were spread by hand.

He noted it took years of hard work, careful budget planning and the support of councils and residents to make the street department what it is today and “I am extremely proud to have been a part of the improvements.”

While thanking his family for its support over the years, Glover said there were many long nights, weekends and missed holidays while performing his street department duties.

Glover returned to his seat after delivering his letter of resignation effective Friday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m. to Council President Roberta Reddon.

Councilman Alan Wolf thanked him for all he has done for the borough. This was followed by Mayor Bill Perry, Councilmen Roy Williams and Joe Varsik expressing their appreciation.

Representing the new owner of the Starrucca House, Andy Planka,  expressed his frustration over the building inspections he has been subjected to since he gained ownership of the property.

Reddon told him the borough is just following the rules while working with him. “Anyone born here is anxious to see the Starrucca House back in use and we are all rooting for you,” Reddon said.

Council appointed Ron Crawford, David Burman and Ed Reddon as the Codes Appeals Board, with Borough Secretary Diann Robbins acting as the secretary to this board as well. Council set Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. as the time this board would meet.

Thomas Kelly (three years) Nancy Hurley (two years) and Dick Hennessey (one year) were appointed to the Zoning Hearing Board. Attorney Paul Smith was appointed as solicitor for the zoning board. This board will meet on Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.

Council received a letter from the Susquehanna Community Development Association regarding the upcoming events. Volunteers were requested for decorating Main Street; Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 7, and Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8.

Last year more than 200 people attended the breakfast with Santa and SCDA members are planning on another good turnout for this event. The tree lighting is followed by refreshments and Christmas music by elementary students at the Susquehanna Fire Hall.

Council gave approval for Councilman Roy Williams to assist Codes Officer Mary Weaver when needed.

Mayor Perry reported police were on duty around the clock during the threat of the recent Superstorm Sandy.

Secretary Robbins also spoke of the borough being prepared for what could have been a serious emergency situation.