November 12, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes




Dec 09, 2019


Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call:

Mr. Stephen Nalewajko            Mayor Joseph Dominick     P        

Mr. Frank Yurek            P               Attorney Lars Anderson   P

Mr. Michael Baloga       P                               

Mr. John Lipski               P                                                              

Mrs. Diane Smiles         P              

Mr. Joseph Scaltz          P                          

                                    Citizens: 17                           Press: __0__

Approval of minutes:  The minutes of the November 2019 meeting are available for review at the borough office.  The minutes are approved on a motion made by Michael Baloga and seconded by Diane Smiles.

 Motion Moved

Officers Reports: Reports of the Police Department, Street Commissioner and Code Enforcement Officer for the month of November 2019 have been submitted and placed on file for public inspection.


Administration:  Finance and Grants


Joseph Scaltz           John Lipski        Frank Yurek.

Motion was made to approve the budget for 2020.

Motion made by: Michael Baloga

Seconded by:      Joseph Scaltz

Motion moved

Motion was made to approve the DPW contract for 2020.

Motion made by: Joseph Scaltz

Seconded by:      Joseph Baloga

Motion moved

Motion was made to accept the contract agreement between Wyoming Borough and PennEastern Engineers, LLC in the amount of $45,451.00 for the 2017 LSA Grant for the following street improvements

4th Street-Wyoming Ave, to Sharpe St

Dennison Ave, -8th to 9th St

Monument Ave, -9th to Pettebone St.

Motion made by: Diane Smiles

Seconded by:      Joseph Scaltz

Motion moved

Motion was made to approve Resolution with Fidelity Bank for TAN Note in the amount of 250,000.00 for the 2020 Fiscal Year.

Motion made by: Joseph Scaltz

Seconded by:      Diane Smiles

Motion moved

Report: Michael Baloga informed the citizens that there would be no tax hike for 2020.


Emergency Service:  Police and Fire Departments


Diane Smiles          John Lipski           Joseph Scaltz

Motion made to advertise for a 32-hour work week Police Officer hired at a rate of $17.00 per hour with no benefits if needed.

Motion made by: John Lipski

Seconded by:      Joseph Baloga

Motion moved

Report:  No Report

Health and Sanitation:  Recycling and Solid Waste


Frank Yurek              Michael Baloga           Diane Smile


Report: Payment Plan for 2020 Sanitation

Discount Period 12/19/2019 Thru 2/7/2020   $240.00

Face Period 2/8/2020 Thru 5/15/2020             $250.00

Senior Citizens 12/19/2019 Thru 5/15/2020   $240.00

Late Period payments received after 5/15/2020 $300.00


Vacant Properties are not exempt from Trash fee

Rental property owners are responsible for annual Trash fee not the tenants






John Lipski             Diane Smiles            Joseph Scaltz

Report:  No report

Public Property:  Borough Building and Recreation


Frank Yurek           Diane Smiles          John Lipski


The Christmas Event held by the Wyoming Borough Recreation Board was a complete success. We had Pictures with Santa, letters to Santa, and arts and crafts. Pizza, hot chocolate, candy and cookies were served. The Board would like to thank the Wyoming Library, Brackney Leather, and of course, Santa for their participation, and all of the volunteers that helped to make the night such a success. We would also like to thank Jim, John and Shawn for all of their hard work. The Recreation Board also thanked Pizza Bella for their generous donation of 10 trays of pizza for the event.

Streets and Sewers: Public Works


Frank Yurek               Joseph Scaltz              Diane Smiles

Report: No Report

Zoning and Planning:


Michael Baloga          Frank Yurek          John Lipski

Report:  Michael Baloga said Luzerne County will start giving the Borough a report on zoning applications over $3000.00.

Michael Baloga also thanked Stephen Nalewajko and Frank Yurek for their years of service to the Wyoming Borough.

Solicitor’s Report

 Attorney Anderson thanked Stephen Nalewajko and Frank Yurek for their years of service to the Wyoming Borough. He also suggested the Borough replace him as general solicitor and have him go back to labor to save the Borough money for the coming year.

Mayor’s Report

 Mayor Dominic recognized Roseann Colarusso for the great job on the Christmas In the Park event, and also stated how much the Wyoming Library appreciated the Borough helping with snow removal. The Mayor also stated that he and Representative Kaufer discussed ways of making Pettebone and Ninth St. a safer intersection for 10th St. students.

Mayor Dominic also informed the council that he spoke to the State Police after being asked by a Wyoming Borough citizen, and they are still investigating illegal purchases from a Wyoming Borough credit card.

Mayor Dominic also said he and the Wyoming Borough are looking into  amending the ordinance for dumpster and solicitation permits in the Borough.

  • The Police Department responded to 150   incidents in the month of October 2019.

Floor opens to the public

Robert Borzell inquired about the who collects for the zoning permits and how many have been sold in the last 60 days, and commented on how many contractors have been hired in Wyoming for home improvements, and about a time limit on the permits. He also asked about the streets that are scheduled to be paved in the Borough.

Rob Sherinsky congratulated the Wyoming Area Football Team for their State Championship. He also asked about the Sanitation rate increase and if the Wyoming Borough considered other options, and commented about the paving job that was done by American Asphalt. He also suggested something be done about the intersection at 10th St School.

Communications: A list of communications received since the last meeting have been presented to council and accepted on a motion made by Michael Baloga and seconded by Diane Smiles.

Motion moved

Payment of Bills: A listing of bills paid and received for payment have been presented to council and accepted on a motion made by Diane Smiles and seconded by _John Lipski.

Motion moved

Unfinished Business:

Motion to adjourn: Diane Smiles

Seconded by: Michael Baloga

Time: __7:54____________

Date:   November 12, 2019