NEW WILMINGTON Mayor turns in bird for West Nile test
A councilwoman will inspect to make sure people ordered to repair sidewalks have done so.
BY MARY GRZEBIENIAK
NEW WILMINGTON -- Mayor Wendell Wagner told borough council that he expects to learn soon whether a dead blue jay found in his yard had West Nile virus.
He said that when he found it last week, he notified the Lawrence County Health Department. The bird was sent to Harrisburg for testing.
Wagner said another borough resident has reportedly found a dead bird. This follows recent reports that health officials found mosquitoes carrying the virus in the borough. Blue jays and crows can contract the disease, and residents finding any of these birds dead should contact the health department.
In other business at council's meeting Tuesday, members discussed banning skateboards on newly paved parking lots on Market Street after learning that skateboarders are using them to do stunts. Council is concerned that sandstone caps on brick walls in the lots may be ruined by boarders trying to ride on the walls. Signs will be put up forbidding skateboarding.
Wilson Excavating, New Wilmington, was awarded a $2,123 contract for storm-sewer work on Maple Street. Westminster College will split the cost with the borough. Wilson submitted the lowest of six bids.
Only one bid was received following advertising for a police car. Wagner Motors, New Wilmington, offered a 2003 Dodge Intrepid with a police package for $18,749. The bid was referred to the finance committee and police chief for review.
Councilwoman Susan Ligo will conduct an inspection to determine whether those ordered to repair sidewalks in front of their properties have complied. Those who have not will receive a letter from the borough.
And council President Larry Wagner promised Sandy Aquaro, owner of The Tavern restaurant, that the borough will remove stumps and clean up a borough-owned area in front of the restaurant. Aquaro said that the restaurant has been featured in several local and national publications and that it has been impossible to photograph the front of the building because of the unsightly appearance of the borough property.
Trick-or-treat was set for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31.