New sign rule requires clear displays of addresses

Residential electric rates may increase.
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Residents and businesses must post street numbers by the end of the year under a new sign ordinance approved this week by borough council.
The signs must be at minimum 6 by 12 inches with a black background and reflective silver Arabic numerals at least 4 inches high. Address signs meeting the standard will be available for $8 at borough offices sometime soon. Officials said Monday they are waiting for the signs to be shipped.
The purpose of the ordinance is to make house identification easier for emergency responders. The address must be posted just to the left or right of the door facing the street.
If the main door is not visible from the street, the numbers must be placed on a post or other monument in the yard. If a side door is used for emergency vehicle access, a second sign must be placed on that side also. Those who do not have an approved sign by the end of the year can be fined $300 and costs of prosecution.
Pool prices
Also Monday, Parks and Pool Committee Chairwoman Susan Ligo announced changes in pool rates this year. Swimming lessons will be $10 per child for residents of the borough, instead of $15 per family as last year. Ligo said the fee was not covering the costs in the case of families with several children. The $30 per child rate for nonresidents will remain the same.
Also, daily pool rates were raised from $2 to $3 for children ages 4 to 12 and from $3 to $5 for those 13 and older. Those ages 3 and younger will be admitted free.
The pool opened Sunday and will be open for regular hours starting Friday. Those hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Three sessions of swimming lessons also were scheduled. These are from June 20 to July 1, July 18- 29 and August 8-19. The second session has already been filled, Ligo said. For more information, call borough offices at (724) 946-8167.
Electric surcharge
In other business, Councilman Kenneth Romig reported that if a proposed electric surcharge from power transmission companies is approved, borough residents will end up with a 4 to 5 percent increase in electrical rates. He explained that the borough's supplier, AMP-Ohio, contracts for delivery of electricity over high-voltage transmission lines.
The borough must pay for use of the transmission system and the rates must be approved by federal energy regulators. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved a change in the way communities are charged for use of the lines. It directed implementation of a Seams Elimination Cost Adjustment charge that, Romig said, would cost New Wilmington an additional $7,218 per month, or a 9 percent increase.
He said the customer's share of this, if planned challenges to implementation are not successful, would be 4 to 5 percent.
Safety camp
Also Monday, Police Chief Carmen Piccirillo announced he is tentatively planning a summer safety camp for up to 50 children who have just completed the third grade. It would be Thursday and Friday, July 14 and 15.
Instruction would be given on many safety topics including first aid, guns, bikes, fire, Internet, sexual assault and others.
In other business, council:
UAgreed to support a regional board of appeals related to the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code. It would be operated by the Lawrence County Council of Governments.
UAgreed to institute a $25 fee for handling zoning filings.
UMoved its July meeting to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 because of the holiday.

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