KULPMONT — Kulpmont council voted 5-0 Wednesday night to reach out to Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz regarding a dispute over recent Kulpmont-Marion Heights Joint Municipal Authority appointments.

President Walter Lutz said Stephen Bielskie and Robert Slaby, who were appointed March 4 in a special meeting, were set to join the board during Tuesday’s meeting. Instead, Chairman Bruno Varano and Vice Chairman Bernie Novakoski, whose seats were declared vacant by council on Feb. 11, appeared as usual at the meeting.

Lutz said he didn’t challenge their involvement Tuesday evening because he wanted to address it at the council meeting.

According to councilman and authority board member Bob Fanella, it’s to his understanding Novakoski and Varano were told to step down by authority solicitor Mike Smith, but they chose not to due to pursuing a legal challenge of the motion to vacate their seats. Fanella said he’s unsure if legal counsel is being sought.

A motion was made for solicitor Edward Grego to contact Matulewicz to institute a civil action for the non-recognition of council’s appointments to the municipal authority and removal of Varano and Novakoski.

Greco announced the borough will received approximately $10,100 from the Mount Carmel District Industrial Fund, which was set up in the 1960s and held a remaining $63,000. Northumberland County Judge Hugh Jones ruled the money to be split equally between Kulpmont, Marion Heights, Mount Carmel Borough, Mount Carmel Township, Mount Carmel Area School District and the Northumberland County Industrial Level Fund.

Council approved a motion to add liability insurance for the Kulpmont Fire Department at a cost of $493 annually after learning the department currently isn’t covered for liability.

The borough will spend up to $500 to purchase an external cloud backup for the police department computers and to install shared folders on computers. The cloud backup will include 150 gigs of data which will also be available for the administration office.

Motions were approved to spent up to $1,700 for the street department to replace rails on a work truck and an additional $250 for new ball joints for a pick-up truck. Fifty gallons of fast-dry yellow traffic marking paint will be purchased in an $845 vote.

The borough will match capital funding in the amount of $327 for a previous bus purchase for LATS.

Borough residents are reminded any dumpster sitting on the street requires a permit which can be purchased at borough hall.

Mayor Nicholas Bozza announced the borough will begin taking donations to purchase Crime Watch signs. The Crime Watch will host a first-aid class beginning at 5 p.m. Monday during which Stop the Bleed, hands-only CPR and recognizing basic medical emergencies will be taught. Contact Bozza or any member of the crime watch committee if interested in attending.

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