'Concerned taxpayer' raises questions about Kittanning worker
KITTANNING — An outspoken resident braved the snowy weather on Monday seeking comment from council about her ongoing complaints against an unnamed borough worker.
Lisa Schreckengost, who has run for council in the past, said she is a concerned taxpayer and admitted making calls to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for alleged illegal dumping in the borough.
She also voiced complaints about a borough worker, whom she did not name, but did not provide council with any specific details.
Schreckengost asked council if her actions, which she said included taking multiple pictures of the employee over the course of 10 years, were merely those of a whistle blower or if she could be cited for harassment.
“Should I stop or am I harassing?” she asked.
President Chris Schiano told her it was the right of a citizen to report suspected wrongdoing.
“You won't get into trouble by talking to Borough Council,” said Schiano.
Borough Police Chief Ed Cassesse told Schreckengost that it is a form of harassment to follow a person around taking pictures of them.
Several members of council said they were not familiar with the details of her complaints but invited her to discuss the issue with them at a future time.
She did not stay for the duration of the meeting.
In other news:
• Council voted 5-0 to accept Cassesse's retirement effective April 1. Councilmen Ange Turco and Dick Reedy were absent. Councilman Mike Rosenberger left the meeting early and was not present for voting.
• Council voted 5-0 to raise landlord occupancy fees for rental units from $25 to $50. Borough Solicitor Chase McClister said the codes committee has amended the landlord ordinance making it a condition that the landlords will not be in arrears in their real estate taxes.
• Council voted 5-0 in favor of pursuing a proposal by F & M Bank for the $250,000 tax anticipation loan with a 1.85 percent rate.
• Council voted 5-0 to set the amount of annual rent for recreational riverfront lots at $100.
• There will be no garbage collection Feb. 18.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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