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On behalf of all Laflin Borough Officials, we would like to extend a warm welcome to you.

We are providing this website as a service to our community and our visitors as well. If you would like anything added to this web site that would benefit our community please feel free to email us at LaflinBoro@comcast.net _____________________________________________________________________________

MUNICIPAL WEBSITE NOTICE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND PUBLIC MEETING
FOR 
CHESAPEAKE BAY POLLUTANT REDUCTION PLAN

Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) hereby gives notice of the 30-day public comment period for its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP). Best management practices (BMPs) are proposed in the regional Plan to satisfy PRP requirements for the Chesapeake Bay and local stream impairments.

The public is invited to review this document and provide written comments to the Executive Director.
James B. Tomaine, P.E. – jim.tomaine@wvsa.net
WVSA
P.O. Box 33A
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18703

The 30-day public comment period begins August 1, 2017 and ends August 31, 2017.

The Plan will be discussed at a public meeting on August 10, 2017 starting at 4PM at the offices of WVSA.

The municipalities participating in the regional Plan include the Cities of Nanticoke, Pittston, and Wilkes-Barre; the Boroughs of Ashley, Courtdale, Dureyea, Edwardsville, Exeter, Forty Fort, Hughestown, Kingston, Laflin, Larksville, Luzerne, Plymouth, Pringle, Sugar Notch, Swoyersville, Warrior Run, West Pittston, West Wyoming, Wyoming, and Yatesville; and the Townships of Hanover, Jackson, Jenkins, Lehman, Newport, Pittston, Plains, Plymouth, and Wilkes-Barre.

Web Link to the WVSA Web Site and The  Regional Pollutant Reduction Plan:   http://wvsa.org/stormWaterPosting.pdf

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More Than 1 Million Homes Could Be at Risk of Mine Subsidence 

New and updated maps of coal mines in Pennsylvania are now available on the DEP Mine Subsidence Insurance website – www.pamsi.org – and homeowners and businesses are encouraged to check to see if they could be at risk for mine subsidence.

Mine Maps are available at the Laflin Borough building to view.

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Mailbox Adjustments due to Curb Installation

Due to curb replacement and new curb installation, borough residents may need to adjust the location of mailboxes to meet the specifications of the U.S. Postal Service.   The distance from the curb to the face of the mailbox may need to be adjusted to allow for proper access.  These specifications can be found on the Laflin Borough website
under notices at www.LaflinBoro.com.

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Jamie Andrews is Appointed to Laflin Borough Council

Jamie Bartolotto Andrews was sworn in as Laflin Borough Councilperson.   She will replace Michael Flanagan who has recently resigned.   Jamie has an outstanding background for this position.  She has been a resident of Laflin for 35 years.   She is a special education teacher at Dodson Elementary School.   She has a B.S. from East Stroudsburg University specializing in elementary and special education.   She has a M.S. in Curriculum Instruction from University of Scranton.   She is married to Joseph Andrews, Jr. a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper.   She has two sons, Joseph Andrews III and Jonathan Andrews.   She is a member of the Laflin Volunteer Fire Department for 13 years.   She is Fire Dept. Secretary, a Firefighter and has trained as an EMT at Luzerne Community College.   She has been a member of The Neighborhood Crime Watch for 10 years, was a Recreation Board Member for 3 years, and was a Laflin Camp Counselor for 2 years.   She is pictured above being sworn in by Laflin Mayor Dorothy Shea Yazurlo.

Congratulation Councilwoman Andrews and Best of Luck!

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WVSA Regional MS4 Stormwater Management Information

For more information on understanding the regional approach to stormwater management as mandated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection:

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Mayor’s Report

All citizens are encouraged to attend the Neighborhood Crime Watch meetings held the first Monday of each month in the Laflin Borough Library at 7:00pm.   Chairperson is Council President Glen Gubitose.

Our neighbor Pittston Township reports an increase in burglaries and vehicle break-ins.  We remind all citizens to keep the perimeter of their homes well lighted and be sure to lock their vehicles at all times they are not in use.  A scam has been reported by the Kingston police. A con man who poses as a utility worker and shows identification with a card around his neck will seek entrance to check the water or electricity.   Homeowners are encouraged to report any such incidents.

Mayor Dorothy Shea-Yazurlo

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Laflin Borough 2017 Sewer and Refuse Collection Statements

The sewer maintenance ($160.00/yr.) and trash collection ($240.00/yr.) invoices were mailed to residents on January 31st.   As in past years, both statements were mailed together to reduce costs.  Please contact the borough office with questions.  (570) 654-3323.

Refuse Collection Fee:
$230.00 due until 3/31/2017
$240.00 if paid by 6/30/2017

Two Payment Plan Option:  First Installment of $120.00 due by 3/31/2017
Second Installment of $120.00 due by 6/30/2017

Sewer Maintenance Fee:
$152.00 due until  4/30/2017
$160.00 if paid by  7/31/2017

Two Payment Plan Option:  First Installment of $80.00 due by 4/30/2017
Second Installment of $80.00 due by 7/31/2017

 

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Scam Activity Update

Utilities across the country – including electric, gas, and water – continue to see scammers trying to fleece customers.

Scam artists vary their tactics but usually pretend to be your utility.  They may claim you have a delinquent account and threaten to immediately shut off service if you don’t pay a certain amount by prepaid debit card.  Another recent tactic was to attempt entry into your house under the pretense they are there to change a meter and then demand a payment for installation.

Don’t be fooled.   The Utility companies don’t conduct business like this.  There are never on-the-spot demands for money.

If you suspect a scam, hang up.  Then check with your utility company.
PPL  1-800-342-5775
PAWC 1-866-641-2131
UGI Gas 1-800-276-2722

If it turns out to be a scam attempt, call the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 697-2000.
PPL, PAWC and UGI continue to work with law enforcement on this issue.

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                        J. P. Mascaro & Sons 2017 Collection Calendar  

For entire J.P. Mascaro & Sons newsletter Click Here:  Mascaro 2017 Collection Calendar

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New Dump/Plow Truck in Service for Laflin Borough

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Laflin Borough adds a new 2016 Ford F550 plow and salt spreader truck (right) for the 2016 / 2017 winter season.

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Laflin Borough Elected Official Donates to Laflin Library

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Pictured with our Laflin Librarian Nancy Coassolo is Councilwoman Sandra Falcone (right), who is donating her borough salary to the Laflin Library as a way to give back to the community.   Sandra has been associated with the library for many years, serving on the library board as well as teaching origami classes to the children.  Sandra is a world traveler spending several months each year in India teaching children English.  She and her late husband Ray Falcone operated Birney Beverage.  She has a son Carmen and two grandchildren, Zaria and Maxim who reside in Boston.