“What’s Happening in Luzerne”
Luzerne Borough Monthly Meetings
** Luzerne Borough Council Work Session – Canceled for September 202
**Luzerne Borough Sewer Authority Meeting – Tuesday, September 1, 2020 6:00 pm
Sewer Authority Meeting will be held at the United Methodist Church
446 Bennett Street, Luzerne, PA. Meetings are open to the public. CDC guidelines apply
**Luzerne Borough Monthly Council Meeting – Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:00 pm
Council Meeting will be held at the Luzerne Fire Department Hall
66 Tener Street, Luzerne, PA. Meetings are open to the public. CDC guidelines apply
EVERYONE IS ASKED TO TAKE A SEAT UPON ENTERING THE MEETINGS AND REMAIN SEATED UNTIL THE MEETING IS OVER
Labor Day – Monday, September 7, 2020
Administrative Offices and Street Department will be closed Monday, September 7th, 2020 in observance of Labor Day
Luzerne Borough Police Department will be on duty. Call 911 with Emergencies.
Yard Waste will be collected Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 Kindly place yard waste curbside before 7 AM
County Waste will collect garbage, Friday, September 11th, 2020 Kindly place garbage & recycling curbside night before.
Everyone have a safe and responsible Labor Day !
PLEASE… IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, COMPLETE THE CENSUS!
2020 Census Matters More Than Ever
Completing your 2020 United States Census is now more important than ever for the future of Northeast Pennsylvania. In general, the Census helps determine the amount of federal funding our local municipalities and the County receive, which while always crucial will play an even larger role now as the area recovers from the COVID-19 crisis gripping the nation.
Why It Matters
Each census response from the community has the potential to help the area move forward from our current crisis, while ensuring that Luzerne County and its municipalities can meet the needs of its residents over the next ten years. Here is a breakdown of how powerful taking the time to complete the census can be:
- Each person counted equals $2,100 in federal funding each year for a variety of federal projects, including: social programs, infrastructure, roads, prisons, schools and parks.
- If we miss just 500 people county-wide, that comes out to over $1 million per year, and $10 million total until the next census
- Additionally, the census can decide how the concerns of Luzerne County residents are heard in Washington, D.C. since it helps determine Electoral College votes and congressional districts
While April 1st is considered Census Day, responses will be collected over the next several months, but the earlier the response the better. When you respond to the census, count everyone living in your home as of April 1st. There are several options available to complete your census:
· Online– Visit www.2020census.gov .
· By Phone– Call 844-330-2020. Phone lines are open every day from 7am to 2am Eastern Time.
· By mail– All homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone. Simply fill out form and return it via mail.
- Track the response rate in your community in real time: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html
- For questions on who should be counted and language support visit: https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html
James Keller – Mayor
Michael Jancuska – Chairman
Anthony Perzia -Vice Chairman – Finance
Jason Tarreto – Council – Roadmaster
Mary Ellen Schell – Council – Police
Susan Kalinay – Council – Parks and Recreation
Jonathan Spohrer – Solicitor
Bill Balavage – Treasurer
Linda Booth – Secretary
Michael J. Kotwasinki – Chief of Police
John Lohman – Tax Collector
Tim Connolly, Tetra Tech – Engineer
Pennsylvania Elected Officials
Right to Know
Regional Stormwater Management Program
In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with regulating stormwater pursuant
to the Clean Water Act (CWA).
In 2016, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEPI labeled approximately 19,000 mites Of rivers
and streams in Pennsylvania impaired for water supply, aquatic life, recreation or fish consumption.
Stormwater runoff is one Of the biggest reasons for impairment.
Under existing federal law, municipalities in Northeastern Pennsylvania must curb pollution of the
Susquehanna River by as much as 10% in the next five years (2018-2023). Stormwater carries an
immense amount Of pollution, including sediment. Car oil, lawn fertilizers and pesticides. Those
pollutants have many negative impacts on our Streams and rivers.