ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPEN COUNCIL SEAT
On Wednesday, July 29 Councilman Vince Cruciani notified council that he was moving out of the borough and could no longer serve as councilman. We are looking for interested candidates to fill this seat. At this time the expectation is that interviews would take place on Wednesday, 8/26 before the Council Work session and voting will take place that night. The selected candidate would be sworn in and begin completing Mr. Cruciani’s term at Regular Council Meeting on September 2, 2020. The term would run through 12/31/2021.
Interested parties should submit their letters of interest with attached resumes to the Borough Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 304 S State Street, on or before Friday, August 21 at 3pm.
NOTICE OF CLARKS SUMMIT BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that Clarks Summit’s Borough Council will conduct their Regular Council Meeting, live-streamed via https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXI0A61PdzPxnmCtmiOpE-w, on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.; to consider, deliberate, discuss and/or take official action.
Residents may send their comments/questions, in writing, to be included on the official record by emailing: email@example.com. no later than 12:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
Gov. Wolf: ‘Wear a mask, Pennsylvania’
Harrisburg, PA – Reiterating the mandate of the mask-wearing order Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf again today advised all Pennsylvanians that wearing masks when outside the home is mandatory.
“As we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend and we see another spike in cases today in Pennsylvania, it’s critical that Pennsylvanians take the mandate to wear masks seriously,” Gov. Wolf said. “This virus is not gone and mask-wearing is a required mitigation effort that we know works to stop its spread.
“We have seen evidence that indicates Pennsylvania’s recent case increases can be traced to settings where people were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing. This can lead to more and more cases in our state. We have made such tremendous progress, let’s not let that progress go to waste, risking lives and livelihoods.
“We all must do one simple thing to stop the spread of COVID-19: Wear a mask, Pennsylvania.”
The Sec. of Heath’s order includes that masks must be worn when:
- Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members of their household;
- In any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted;
- Waiting for, riding on, driving, or operating public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle;
- Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank; or
- Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when interacting in-person with any member of the public, working in any space visited by members of the public, working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others, working in or walking through common areas, or in any room or enclosed area where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or residence, are present when unable to physically distance.
The order includes limited exceptions to the face-covering requirement.
CURATIVE AMENDMENT: Notice is hereby given that a discussion and possible action with regard to the curative amendment request by Mr. Steven A. Borel, requesting for the property located at Route 307, Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit PA 18411 Tax ID 10014 020 00400 and 10014 020 00401 has been scheduled before the Clarks Summit Borough Council for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in Council Chambers. The request will also be discussed beforehand at the Clarks Summit Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The applicants are requesting a zoning district change from residential to residential/professional. Both of these meetings will be conducted virtually and public comment must be received in the Borough Office or through email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm the day of the meeting.
CLARKS SUMMIT BOROUGH OFFICES ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - We require that anyone entering our building wear a mask. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm.
CONGRATULATIONS - Mr. Josh Mitchell was appointed by Council to join the Borough Council, filling Mr. Williams seat. His term runs through December 31, 2021.
THE OPEN DOOR FOOD PANTRY - sponsored by The Gathering Place, the First Presbyterian Church and Our Lady of Snows Church is available in the Elevator Lobby of the Clarks Summit Borough Building. Please take what you need or leave what you can.
ARE YOU OK?
If you are being hurt at home, or witnessing others being hurt in your home, Use these resources to have your message heard.
THERE IS HELP FOR YOU.
Download the app from the Apple or Google Play Store to submit a report. Or call 1-844-723-2729. SAFE2SAY SOMETHING
Call the national hotline, available 24/7, to make a confidential report 1-800-932-0313.
Call the Lackawanna County Police Department non-emergency number to make a report 570-342-9111.
Text 911 if you are in an emergency situation. Remember to provide your address so help can find you.
www.cacnepa.org | (570)969-7313
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. Answer any questions the dispatcher has so that help can find you.
CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER
HELPING THE HOMEBOUND In partnership with Rep. Kyle Mullins and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging and Clarks Summit's EMA Director is coordinating a volunteer effort to assist our homebound and elderly neighbors. These elderly neighbors will be provided with green and yellow sheets of paper, with instructions printed on them. The green sheet would be placed in a window to communicate they are OK. The yellow sheet will indicate that help or an errand is needed from a neighbor or from the Area Agency on Aging. After calling the Agency's number, the individual will be assisted.
Assistance can include volunteers running to the grocery store or delivering food, or even a simple phone call to provide some comfort and connectivity for our elderly neighbors. See Attached. HELPING-THE-HOMEBOUND-PUBLIC-FLYER-00000002
TO VOLUNTEER FOR HELP YOURSELF
Send an email with Call the Area Agency on
your information to: Aging at 570-963-6740
THERE IS NO CHANGE TO CLARKS SUMMIT BOROUGH RECYCLABLES: Clarks Summit does not use the Lackawanna County Recycling Center for most recyclables thereforet there is no change in the items you may put out to recycle. Also all of the following may be co-mingled.
#1-7 Plastic Bottles, #1-7 Plastic Tubs & Screw Top Jars, Cans, Clean, Balled Aluminum Foil (2″ or Larger) and Pie Pans, Corrugated Cardboard & Paper Bags, Empty Aerosol Cans (No Caps), Empty Pizza Boxes, File Folders, Glass Bottles & Jars, Loose Metal Jar Lids & Steel Bottle Caps, Magazines, Brochures & Catalogs, Newspapers & Inserts (No Plastic Bags), Opened Mail, Junk Mail, and Greeting Cards, Paper-back Books, Paperboard Boxes, Paper Egg Cartons, Paper Milk/Juice Cartons (No Foil Pouches), Phone Books, Rigid Plastics, Shredded Paper (must be in clear plastic bags), White or Pastel Office Paper
Earned Income tax filing deadline for Clarks Summit residents has been postponed. The new deadline is July 15, 2020.
The Gathering Place has a number of events occuring but of most interest at this time is their PORTRAITS IN PEN and launching the Bears in the Summit project. Information about either can be found below or one their website: www.GatheringPLaceCS.org.
Clarks Summit is situated in Northeastern Pennsylvania, about seven miles away from Scranton. The northern terminal point for Interstate 476 is in our town and it is 1.58 square miles. It is surrounded by South Abington Township to the west, south, and east and Clarks Green and Waverly to the north.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,116 people, 2,216 households, and 1,407 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,197.5 people per square mile (1,234.6/km²). There were 2,324 housing units at an average density of 1,452.5 per square mile (567.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97% White, 0.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 2,216 households, out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.3% under the age of 18, 58.3% from 18 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.4 years.
Several north American Indian tribes settled and moved through what is now northeastern Pennsylvania. The Wyoming Valley was occupied by the "Six Nations". A boundary disputer with the State of New York was settled, and the forty-second parallel became Pennsylvania's northern boundary. A much more serious argument with Connecticut threatened to obliterate the forty-second parallel boundary and substitute the forty0first as the northern limit of the state.
The Connecticut title to the northern part of Pennsylvania arose from the interpretation which Connecticut placed upon its sea-to-sea charter of 1662. In theory, at least, the western boundary of Connecticut was the Pacific Ocean. The Connecticut Colony claimed all this land, with the exception of any "then possessed by other Christian prince or state." This exception forced Connecticut to leap over New York, but it did assert ownership of a strip of territory from the Delaware River westward to the Mississippi River.
In 1753 Connecticut people organized the Susquehanna Company for the purpose of acquiring Wyoming lands from the Indians and settling New Englanders upon it. Governor James Hamilton officially protested to Governor Roger Wolcott of Connecticut, without any result.
As Connecticut settlers took up land in the Wyoming Valley, the issue became serious enough for fighting to occur. Several so-called Yankee-Pennamite Wars (a confrontation of unbelievable brutality as one of its bloodiest battles, the Wyoming Massacre, will attest) were fought, but still the Penns could not evict the New Englanders. By 1774 there were almost two thousand Connecticut people in the Valley. At this point Connecticut formerly took possession by making the region into the New England town of Westmoreland within the County of Litchfield, Connecticut. Soon there were 5,000 New Englanders in the area which, since 1772, had been part of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Unable to evict the invaders, Pennsylvania decided to appeal to a higher authority, but it had to await the formation of such an authority. The beginning of the end of the controversy was the establishment of the Confederation under the Articles on March 1, 1781. This allowed for disputes between states to be resolved through a petition to Congress. Pennsylvania did petition, and Congress gave orders. On August 3rd, 1782, the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania consented to the nominees for the court, which met in Trenton, New Jersey. After hearing both side, the court gave its decision, usually nominated the "Trenton Degree", on December 30th, 1782, in favor of Pennsylvania.
POST REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Following the War, Congress had little or no money. To pay the "American" soldiers, land was given to them to settle. One of these first settler/soldiers was William Clark, who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and was with Washington at the Battle of Trenton. He was given 800 acres of land in Pennsylvania and was one of the first settlers to come to "Ebington", as it was then known.
The parcel granted to William Clark was part of the land in dispute and when he went to verify his deed at the land grant office in Luzerne County, he was told that his claim was worthless, and if he wished to settle on the land he would have to pay for it. Historical records have William Clark and his three sons arriving in the Abington wilderness around the middle of March, 1799. William Clark built his log cabin on the hill where the Clarks Green Cemetery is now located.
Early settlers faced many obstacles in their efforts to gain a foothold in what were mostly hostile surrounding. At that time the Abingtons as we know it today was part of Tunkhannock Township, an area covering 41 square miles. The main industry was farming. Confounding their efforts, was the need to fight a constant battle against wolves. A serious, persistent threat menacing human life and livestock.
TURNPIKES & RAILROADS
Companies were formed and turnpikes were created, charging tools. One of the first of these was the Philadelphia and Great Bend Turnpike. It was chartered by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1818. It connected two rivers, the Delaware and the Susquehanna, and was a direct route north from Philadelphia to New York State. From Stroudsburg the turnpike wound its way over the Poconos to Dunmore, then toward Chinchilla.
In 1824 Thomas Meredith (first Treasurer of the United States) obtained a charter for a railroad from the mouth of Leggett's Creek to Great Bend on the Susquehanna. The road was surveyed but failed for lack of funds.
On October 15th, 1851 the first train traveled from Great Bend to Scranton. With the arrival of the Northern Electric Railway in 1907 Clarks Summit finally came into its own. Not just Clarks Summit but the entire Abington area.
CLARK SUMMIT BOROUGH
"Now, August 30, 1911, the Court, after a full investigation of the above case, finds that the conditions prescribed by law have been compiled with, and believing it expedient to grant the prayer of the applicants, do hereby order and decrees that the village of Clarks Summit in the Township of South Abington, said County, and the land immediately adjacent thereto, be and the same hereby incorporated into a Borough, in conformity with the prayer of the petitioners, by the corporate name of the Borough of Clarks Summit."
First school 1893 the "graded School" was built on the south side of East Grove Street (the building was destroyed by fire from lightning 2 years later).
Oldest House 1837 is on West Grove Street. Formerly owned by several generations of the Snook family, the house is to the north of the Abington Community Library.
Oldest family run business, 1911, Bunnell Hardware, South State Street.
April, 1950 the borough manager form of government was adopted.
1953 a Bond Issue was approved for $125,000.00 to build the current Borough Building.
March, 1982 Allied Summit Apartments (Senior Housing) was opened on Linden Street.
October, 1983 the Hayes-McDade Apartments (Senior Housing) on Bedford Street was completed.
For an EXCELLENT source of information about Clarks Summit, see "Clarks Summit A Narrative" by Helen R. & John C. Villaume. A copy is available at the Abington Community Library.