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By Michele Stewardson
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

New Stanton Borough is advertising a part-time laborer position for New Stanton Park.

The park opened April 1 and is currently being operated by the borough Public Works Department.

This new employee would handle park maintenance such as cutting grass, cleaning the pavilion and restroom, clearing weeds and brush and the opening and closing of the park.

“We're hoping (that person) will be able to do more,” said Scott Sistek, council president. “We won't know until we see the pool of applicants. It's up to the personnel committee to discuss with individuals when applying.”

The deadline to submit an application and references is April 22.

At last week's council meeting, property at the end of the Pennsylvania Avenue, near the old school, was also discussed. Tree limbs, sand and stone are being dumped there, causing an eyesore.

Mel Steele Jr., a borough code enforcement employee, said the borough does not own that property, which is currently controlled by Thomas Jamison. Jamison could not be reached for comment.

Rob Cammarata, president of Proscape, a landscape contractor in New Stanton and a former council member, mows the grass and maintains the property for Jamison.

He said any dumping that goes on there is the borough's because its property borders Jamison's.

“Any time there is a road project with milling, (the borough) is dumping back there,” Cammarata said. “It's a very remote area.”

Council reached no decision regarding the dumping.

Additionally, council unanimously approved new billing processes for Hunker Borough. Hunker does not have a public works department and New Stanton borough has set up work orders for Hunker, but jobs were not being properly billed, said Tom Smith, New Stanton Council member.

When a work order is called in, New Stanton borough devised a job sheet detailing the job so that the borough secretary can then bill properly, within 30 days.

“There are so many things that have gotten neglected because nobody is willing to take the time to work on it,” said Smith. “I'm retired and I can spend the time. I saw a problem and got permission from council to straighten it out.”

Michele Stewardson is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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