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Beginning with its June 2, 2021 public meeting, Borough Council may resume in-person public meetings at the Borough Building.

As you know, since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Council meetings and all work sessions have been held via Zoom conference.  Due to the unique nature of Covid-19, municipalities were urged by Governor Wolf’s administration to declare a state of emergency which legally allowed municipalities to close its facilities and temporarily conduct public meetings virtually in order to help limit the spread of the disease.  As the number of vaccinated individuals has increased and the number of new Covid-19 cases decreased, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have loosened.  As the risk for spreading the virus has lessened, Borough officials have expressed interest in resuming in-person, public meetings.

Pursuant to an Order entered by Governor Wolf on May 17, 2021, Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 mitigation orders relating to social gatherings will be lifted, effective May 31, 2021.  Governor Wolf has stated that the masking order will be remain in place until 70% of Pennsylvanians who are 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Based on the anticipated change in restrictions in Pennsylvania beginning on May 31st, Clarks Summit Borough Council may hold an in-person, public meeting at the Borough Building on June 2, 2021 and continue thereafter unless new restrictions are imposed by the Governor.  Pursuant to the ongoing masking order, Council members, Borough officials and members of the public should continue to wear face masks at all times that they are in the Borough building.  At its discretion, Council may permit individuals to remove their masks while speaking so that they can be clearly heard.

Pursuant to the Governor’s Order, there are no restrictions on the number of persons who can attend our meetings.  The only occupancy limitations will be those established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code

 

BRUSH PICKUP:

Effective May 1 brush pickup will resume in the Borough.  We have been notified by the Lackawanna County Recycling Center that they will only accept brush that is 2 feet or less in length and 2 inches or less in diameter.  The brush cannot have any yard debris or leaves mixed with it.  They are inspecting each truck and if any brush is found to be too long or wide or yard debris or leaves are found in the load, the entire load will be rejected.  Since this is the only location we have to dump the brush, the DPW cannot pickup brush that is too large or mixed with other items.

 

Lackawanna County CDBG Coronavirus CARES Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program (MUAP) is being administered by the Lackawanna County Department of Human Services. MUAP was established as an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic to disburse funds in Lackawanna County to provide financial assistance on behalf of low- and moderate-income homeowners experiencing difficulty making mortgage payments and/or utility payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance will be made available in the form of a grant, and funds will be paid directly to the mortgage and/or utility provider. Applications will be available on the Lackawanna County website https://www.lackawannacounty.org or https://www.RELIEF.LACKAWANNACOUNTY.ORG  Thursday, March 11, 2021.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Homeowners who have experienced job loss or a reduction in annual income due to the Covid-19 pandemic and need assistance with past-due mortgage payments and/or assistance with past due utility bills, including electric, gas, water, and/or sewer may be eligible.

 

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

Assistance may be provided to support homeowners who are at least 30 days past due on their monthly mortgage payments and/or utility expenses and can verify job loss or loss of income related to COVID-19 rendering them unable to pay mortgage and/or utilities. All MUAP assistance is subject to the availability of funding. MUAP funds may only be used to cover mortgage and/or utility expenses incurred after March 1, 2020. The maximum amount of monthly assistance for mortgage and utility payments will be equal to the actual mortgage payment and/or actual utility bill amount not to exceed three (3) consecutive months. For a household to be eligible, the household income cannot exceed 80% of “median income” as defined in the guidelines published annually by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre MSA.  See application for further guidance.

This program is available to the following municipalities: the  Townships of Benton, Carbondale, Clifton, Covington, Elmhurst, Fell, Glenburn, Greenfield, Jefferson, LaPlume, Madison, Newton, North Abington, Ransom, Roaring Brook, South Abington, Spring Brook, Thornhurst, Waverly, West Abington and Scott; and the Boroughs of Clarks Green, Dalton, Jermyn, Mayfield, Moosic, Moscow, and Vandling,  Archbald, Blakely, Clarks Summit, Dickson City, Dunmore, Jessup, Old Forge, Olyphant, Taylor, and Throop.

Note: The Cities of Scranton and Carbondale are direct entitlements of HUD and receive their own funding, therefore they are not included within this Program.

***For additional information regarding this program please call 211***

ACCEPTING OLD COMPUTERS/ACCESSORIES:  The Abington Heighs Software Club is collecting old or unwanted computers, mice, keyboards, monitors, etc.  The club will clean out old data, make necessary repairs and donate the final products to people in need.  If you have a donation, contact ahsoftwareclub@gmail.com.

 

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

CHILDLINE:

Call the national hotline, available 24/7, to make a confidential report 1-800-932-0313.

LACKAWANNA POLICE:

Call the Lackawanna County Police Department non-emergency number to make a report 570-342-9111.

TEXT 911:

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:

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

VOLUNTEER@UWLC.NET

 

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.

What is Recyclable?

#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

 

Boundaries

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.

Demographics

As of the census[8] 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.

History

PRE-REVOLUTION

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.