KULPMONT — A petition was filed by Kulpmont solicitor Edward Greco to stop the former J.H. and C.K. Eagle Mill from being listed in Northumberland County’s judicial sale on June 21.

Greco told borough council during Tuesday’s meeting that the petition was done to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) time to test and analyze samples retrieved from the property in March to determine if the building poses any significant environmental hazards.

There are concerns among officials that should the property acquire new ownership, it would halt progress in attempts to find assistance in funding for the removal of hazardous waste and demolition of the building.

The current owner, Dan Luzon, of Bronx, New York, has been fined $500 a day for more than three years for the deteriorating condition of the building. Attempts to reach him or his lawyer have been unsuccessful.

Council voted to rescind a previous vote to enter into a police merger agreement between the borough and Mount Carmel Township after the merger failed for lack of a second motion by township supervisors at the May meeting.

Bob Chesney said steps are being taken to begin negotiations for building the Kulpmont Police Department, and council suggested an executive session to discuss contracts to move forward with the hiring process.

In other news:

  • Council approved spending up to $200 for a keyboard and protective case for the police department’s Surface Pro 4.
  • A bid from Blue Ridge for $20,788 was accepted for a pipeline replacement project from Scott to Fir streets.
  • Council approved spending up to $200 for a Stihl pole saw attachment from Twin Ponds Engine Service to remove tree limbs in the alley that interfere with the street sweeper.
  • The Kulpmont Cruise has been rescheduled for July 14, with a rain date of July 15.

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