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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Dawson Borough Council reminded residents this week that they are responsible for the upkeep of the sidewalks in front of their property.

The issue started when Councilman Robert Bibby received a complaint from a resident alleging a PennDOT snowplow struck and damaged a curb near the resident's house. PennDOT didn't think a snowplow caused the damage and wasn't liable for it, a representative said.

Bibby wanted to do a cleanup of Main Street and have the borough worker take time from his maximum 20-hour work week. The borough worker worked 10 hours the previous week, but also worked 45 hours the week before because of snow removal.

“It doesn't have to be done at one time,” Bibby said.

While having Main Street cleaned by the borough worker sounded like a good idea, solicitor Richard Husband said the ordinance states that care of the sidewalks was the property owner's responsibility.

Councilman John Nudo didn't understand and thought Bibby wanted to increase the borough worker's hours. That lead to another argument over the employee keeping a more complete log including time in/time out, mileage recorded, gas purchases and what duties were done during a workday. The current log had only the date and what duties were done.

Council didn't vote on the matter, but talked about discussing it at another meeting.

Mayor Carol Capella announced that a Tri-Town Community Crime Watch has been established and officers will meet for a special meeting in the next week or two.

Public meetings will be quarterly and switch between Vanderbilt and Dawson.

Capella said there will be flyers posted around the towns concerning the next meeting.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or

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