Borough compost contamination becoming an issue

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough is requesting that residents talk with the borough before adding to its compost pile on Beyer Avenue.

"If anyone is going to be dumping compost or tree limbs on the pile, please call the Public Works Department or the borough office to schedule a time that it can be taken up to the pile," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager at Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting.

"There are various items being dropped off at the pile that shouldn't be added to it," White said, adding that the borough needs to know before anything is dropped off at the compost pile.

Eric Story, council member, asked about the people who work Monday through Friday, wondering how they should contact the borough, since it is closed when they get off work.

White said even if someone works during the day he or she should call the Public Works office or the main offices.

"It needs to be documented who is up there as much as possible," White said.

In other business:
• Police Chief Tom Fedigan said he held a press conference with Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police and the Punxsutawney Area School District regarding back to school safety with the local media.

"The purpose of the press conference was to promote back to school safety with the public through newspaper, radio and television," Fedigan said, adding that it seemed to help, as there were no accidents on the first day of classes.

• Larry Chenoga, council president, said council shouldn't rely solely on Punxsutawney Borough Police to look out for burned-out streetlights.

"They have other things to do, and if members of the public discover some streetlight problems, they should report it to the borough police dispatcher," Chenoga said, adding that if borough police officers do see a light out, they should report it.

"I don't want them out just looking for streetlight outages though," he said.

Chenoga asked if anyone had experienced a daily power outage, as he had.

"Where I live on South Main Street, my power goes out every day; it flashes off and flashes back on," Chenoga said.

"If we're calling John Shimko, Penelec district manager, we should also ask him to look into what the cause is," he said.