Borough News

Zoning/Code office Covid-19 update:

Moosic Borough Zoning/Code Enforcement officer has announced today (November 25) new/additional measures in their attempt to stop the exposure, transmission and spread of the Coronavirus.  

The Zoning/Code office will be open to the general public, but by appointment only, as of December 1.  The overriding reasons for this action is to limit entrance/foot traffic into the building and, above all, safety/health concerns.  Appointments can be made by call 570-862-7361 or email zoning@moosicborough.org  

Drop boxes will be remain in the front office vestibule for various payments and other transactions. 

Thanksgiving Day and The day After: 11/26/2020 – 11/27/2020 CLOSED

Garbage and Recycling Collections during the week of Thanksgiving holiday.

Moosic Borough Department of Public Works announces its schedule for Garbage and Recycling Collections during the week of Thanksgiving holiday. The borough office and department of public works will be closed on Thursday, November 26rd and Friday November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

There will be no special pickups and no grass and brush pickups.
Borough officials and employees wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Looking for corona virus info? Update

See the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you stay healthy and perfect the spread of the virus. https://www.cdc.gov/

UPDATE: 6/2/2020

HOW TO FIND REMOTE, ONLINE, AND GIG WORK DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:

https://www.zippia.com/job-search/remote-jobs/

Borough Office Closed for Election Day Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Borough Office will be closed for business on Tuesday November 3, 2020 for the General Election..

The Department of Public Works will be on schedule.

Moosic Borough Officials urge all its citizens to VOTE in both the Primary and General Election. Following is a listing of the Polling Places where residents of the various wards in the borough can cast their ballot on Election Day.

Ward 1
Moosic Youth Center
606 Main St.

Ward 2
Greenwood Hose Co. No. 1
3729 Birney Ave.

Ward 3
Moosic Borough Building
715 Main Street

Ward 4
Greenwood Hose Co. No.1
3729 Birney Avenue

For more information on how to register to vote click here.

Daylight Savings Time Ends: November 1 , 2020

Turn your clocks back an hour on November 1 , 2020 for the end of Daylight Savings Time.   This is also a good time to change your batteries in your smoke detectors. 

To remember which way to set your watch, keep in mind “spring forward, fall back”. You set your clock back in the fall when DST ends (= regain one hour) and ahead in the spring when DST begins (= lose one hour).

Happy Halloween from Moosic Borough!

Moosic Borough Mayor and Council wish all residents a safe and Happy Halloween. Please stay safe and watch out for our children on the borough streets.  CDC guidlines for  Halloween, the federal agency says you should not take part in in-person Halloween festivities and is cautioning against trick-or-treating. Health officials have recommended lower-risk activities to do. Those include having a virtual Halloween costume contest, holding a movie night with people you live with, or having a candy-scavenger hunt in your home.

Department of Public Works (COVID-19) Schedule -UPDATE 10/5/2020

UPDATE 10/5/2020: Moosic Borough will return to original schedule for Recycling pick up. On your regular scheduled trash pick up day your commingled pick (glass, plastic bottles and jars and cans) along with Cardboard can be placed curbside. Please have you containers curbside by 7:00 am on your regular scheduled pick up date.

UPDATE 6/16/2020: Moosic Borough will resume commingled pick up starting Monday June 22, 2020. Please have you containers (glass, plastic bottles and jars and cans) curbside by 6:00 am on your regular scheduled pick up date.

UPDATE 5/11/2020 The first Friday of every month paper pick up will resume starting June 5, 2020. Please have your newspaper in container curbside by 6:00 am on the designated day.

UPDATE 5/1/2020 Grass and Brush pickup will resume as normal starting Thursday, May 7, 2020 and Friday, May 8, 2020 and will remain throughout the year. DPW will be picking up grass and brush every Thursday’s wards 1 and 3 and Friday wards 2 and 4. calendar

  • Grass clippings (no plastic bags – brown paper bags or open containers)
  • Leaves (no plastic bags – brown paper bags only or open containers)
  • Tree limbs (n more than 3′ length and 4″ in diameter)
  • Brush (must be bundled together)

The Department of Public works will continue to pick up garbage and cardboard on regular scheduled date Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  However, services rendered on Thursday Special Bulk Pick up and Truck Rentals are suspended until further notice,

  • All of our office personnel can be reached via email, or by phone during normal business hours to answer questions.
  • The office staff will continue to work in the office and remotely for home answering telephones and providing resident support. 

New Recycling Schedules: UPDATE 10/5/2020

Thank you for your time and effort you put into recycling.

MONDAYS – GARBAGE AND CARDBOARD and COMMINGLED RECYCLING

TUESDAY – GARBAGE AND CARDBOARD and COMMINGLED RECYCLING

WEDNESDAY – GARBAGE AND CARDBOARD and COMMINGLED RECYCLING

LOWER MOOSIC GRASS AND BRUSH PICK UP

FRIDAY – GREENWOOD AND GLENMAURA GRASS AND BRUSH PICK UP AND FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH PAPER PICK UP.

SCHOOL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF:

The Riverside School Board has made the following changes to collection policy caused by COVID-19 that will ease the property tax burden:

Discount Period: Extended by two months

Prior Discount Period: August 1st-September 30th

New Discount Period: August 1st-November 30th

Discount Rate: Increased by 3%

Prior Discount Rate: 2%

New Discount Rate: 5%

Face Value Period: Extended by two months

Prior Face Value Period: October 1st-November 30th

New Face Value Period: December 1st-December 31st

Delinquent Penalty:  Extended by one month and reduced by 5%

Prior Delinquent Penalty: 10% penalty after December 1st

New Delinquent Penalty: Eliminated 10% penalty after December 1st, 5% after December 31st

Real Estate Property Tax Penalty Provision

Moosic Borough Council passes Resolution 5, on May 14, 2020 waiving the late penalty fee for this calendar year as it pertains to your property tax. Property owners shall be obligated to pay only the face value of their property taxes up through December 31, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic as had a debilitating effect on families and business through out our community. It is imperative to help-out our residents in this difficult time.

Right to Know office closed:

Please be advised that on March 16, 2020, the Borough of Moosic activated in response to the Mayor’s  Declaration of Emergency.  As such, only essential services are available.  The goal of this action is to mitigate the spread and reduce the severity of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and employees of Moosic Borough.  Accordingly, the Borough’s Office of Open Records closed. When the Borough resumes regular operations, we will consider all requests as having been received on that day.https://openrecordspennsylvania.com/2020/03/11/the-sunshine-act-and-covid-19/

Social Distancing is not Social Isolation

With the spread of COVID-19 sweeping the world. Local, State, and National leaders all telling us to practice social distancing to stop the spread of this new virus. Moosic Borough Mayor and Council, Police Department and  Greenwood Hose Co.are asking our residents to consider reaching out to your neighbors while practicing social distancing, some ideas of this include a phone call to see if they need any type of supplies including medications, foods, cleaning products, etc.  Social distancing is not social isolation so we need to pull together as a community and help one and other, even if this is just a simple chat on the phone. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to the Borough by calling 570-457-5480.

“Masked Bandits” project.

Fire Stations to serve Masked Bandits project
Lackawanna County Commissioner Debi Domenick, Esq. announced Saturday afternoon that she, working in conjunction with Scranton Mayor Paige G. Cognetti, enlisted the help of more than 35 Lackawanna County Fire Stations to aid The Masked Bandits.

The Masked Bandits is a project set up by the Lackawanna County Medical Society and the Luzerne County Medical Society to make fabric masks for hospitals and physicians to help fight the COVID-19
pandemic. The groups are seeking volunteers to help with the project.

The fire stations will serve as drop-off points for mask donations. The LCMS is also asking for newly packaged thermometers to be donated as well.

Orders for standard/disposable masks are on backorder and many healthcare workers are finding themselves in the position of hoarding and reusing masks as they continue to provide care to
public. According to the CDC, homemade fabric masks are an option when protective supplies are not available.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Though not ideal, washable fabric masks can be used by staff and patients. These masks can be sterilized and reused as needed. If you are interested, we can use sewers, fabric donations, deliverers and donations! Please contact Tonyehn Verkitus at info@luzlackmedsoc.org or visit
https://www.facebook.com/events/213611253042835/.

The details:
· Please use the directions below to make face masks
· Use tightly woven fabric on both sides of the masks
· When you have completed 20 masks minimum please email info@luzlackmedsoc.org to arrange for
delivery. We will set a given time for delivery locations.
· Collected masks will be delivered and processed for use.

How to make fabric masks (pattern is courtesy of The Turban Project):
What you will need:
Cotton fabric, a pretty print is best. Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic) Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)

You can make two sizes: Adult or Child

  1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together
  2. Cut 9×6 (Adult) or 7.5 x 5 (Child)
  3. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with
    the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
  4. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew
    a few stitches forward and back.
  5. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
  6. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  7. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  8. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
  9. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.
    It is so easy to make this. Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.

Public Health Emergency:

Due to the Corna Virus pandemic an Emergency Declaration has been issued by Mayor James Segilia. Public access to all Moosic Borough public buildings, parks and playgrounds will be restricted beginning on Monday March 16, 2020 at 7:00 am, until further notice pursuant to an emergency declaration.

  • Borough Building, 715 Main Street
  • Moosic Borough Street Dept, 608 River Street
  • Greenwood Hose Co. Building, 3727 Birney Ave
  • Mercatili Segilia Park, R. Birney Ave
  • Moosic Little League Playground, Petro Court
  • Kobeski Field, Off Lydon Lane 
  • Mary Ann Nawrocki Park, Irene Lichak Court
  • Quinlan Field, 230 Rear, Spring St.
  • Ken Smerdon Park, off Water St

Moosic Borough government will continue normal operations, those seeking to do business may telephone the Municipal Building (570-457-5480), or visit our website for general information.  Email your questions or concerns to manager@moosicborough.org or secretary@moosicborough.org, Any questions regarding garbage and recycling pick up can call (570-457-5480) press 5, to leave a message and someone will return your call.

Moosic Borough Taxes can be mailed or paid online, if you need a receipt please indicate in a memo your email address or if desired we will send receipt via US postal. Any questions regarding taxes can be sent to tc@moosicborough.org.

Stay Safe!!!!

SAFETY AND SECURITY DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

As a valued resident of Mooisc Borough, the safety and security of your tax dollars is always a top priority. With the COVID-19 virus as close as Wayne, Monroe, and Delaware Counties, the safety, health and wellness of you and your family are equally as important. Moosic Borough would like to share some of the ways to prepare and plan. 1. Make the most of digital payment services. Residents with online and mobile capabilities are able to complete a wide variety of transactions from the convenience of their homes, including paying Moosic Borough Taxes, pay portal here for truck fees and rentals, building permits pay portal here.

These self-service tools allow you to pay anywhere and anytime, and will be especially helpful if you cannot get to the Borough Building. This service can be found our our website http://moosicborough.com/ . If you need assistance feel free to call our office 570-457-5480.

Selling Dog Licenses 01/22/2020

The Lackawanna County Treasurer’s Office and Officials of the Borough of Moosic announced that DOG LICENSES would be available for residents on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.   Licenses may be obtained between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Moosic Borough Building, 715 Main Street, Moosic, Pennsylvania. Anyone desiring to obtain a license for your pet may do so at this time and date.

New Years Day

Garbage and Recycling Collections for the New Years holiday is on schedule. Moosic Borough Department of Public Works announces its schedule for Garbage and Recycling Collections during the week of New Years holiday.

The borough office and department of public works will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in observance of the New Years holiday.
Garbage and Recycling will be delayed on Wednesday. There will be no special pickups and no grass and brush pickups .

View Garbage Pickup schedule here.

Borough officials and employees wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Recycling Notice

The Lackawanna Recycling Center will no longer accept combined loads of mixed paper and cardboard in its recycling processing. Effective January 6, 2020 all Paper Fiber will be collected on the First Friday of every month (newspaper, catalogs, magazines, phone books, computer paper, envelopes, unwanted mail, shredded paper).  Cardboard and Box Recycling’s (carboard boxes, cereal boxes, cracker boxes, heavy shipping boxes, lightweight boxes, paper towel rolls, pizza boxes), will be picked up weekly on your regular scheduled day.

Thank you for your dedication to our environment and for obeying the law and helping make recycling work for the Borough of Moosic.

CHRISTMAS DAY

Garbage and Recycling Collections during the week of Christmas holiday. Moosic Borough Department of Public Works announces its schedule for Garbage and Recycling Collections during the week of Christmas holiday.

The borough office and department of public works will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Garbage and Recycling will be delayed on Wednesday one day. No Special pick up’s

Borough officials and employees wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Santa is Visiting Moosic

Santa Claus and the Mrs. along with  Santa’s elves, will be visiting Moosic on December 22nd and they will be escorted throughout the streets of the Borough by the Police Department and DPW.  Santa and his helpers will be handing out goodie bags to all the children.

Santa’s visit will start approximately 11am and will proceed through the streets of lower Moosic, Springbrook Ave, 502, Belin Village, Rocky Glen Rd and Moosic Heights.  Santa’s visit will then continue through Glenmaura, The Shoppes, Greenwood and Honor Park.

Christmas Tree Decoration:

The Borough of Moosic Christmas tree is tall, really tall in fact. As such, it needs a lot of decorations to fill its many branches.  As in past years, the Borough is turning to the Elves from Itsy’s Bitsy bookworm daycare to make those decorations and hang them on the tree at the Community Tree Decorating event, taking place Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 10:00 AM.

 

Budget Message

Calendar year 2020 mark the drawing of a new era for Moosic Borough in its mission of providing programs and services for it 5717 residents.
Many hours went into the preparation of the 2020 fascial blueprint. Its goals is services to all the residents. This year we are proposing a tax increase of 3 mills due to the continued pressure from shrinking Federal and State funding, collectively bargained wages and benefits increases, and rising law enforcements costs, the boroughs 2020 budget will exceed the 2019 budget.
These are solid workable figures, it is crucial that we increase our garbage fee to $75.00. The cost of the landfill dumping exceeds our revenue so this increase is necessary for our growing community.
The cost of running this municipality and its various services is substantial. By taking advantage of favorable interest rates we embarked on 1.5 million dollar line of credit which will be put to work to improve our roads and free up money in our general fund account and maintain our annual debt service in a manageable range. Also this budget contains a decrease in sewer user fee, since that account is stable it is good time to give back and help residents with their personal needs.
This budget is funded by hard earned tax dollars
Budget Overview:
The 2020 general fund budget totals$4,581,804.00. The Liquid Fuels budget totals are $276,078.00.
Total Revenue and Expenditure Budget all Funds $4,857,882.00

MAIN STREET PAVING PROJECT:

SR 3024 MAIN STREET MOOSIC PA, ROAD CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ALERT:

For the public’s benefit and safety, the Construction Division of Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania, LLC, is notifying motorist of roadway resurfacing and related work to be conduction on the State Route listed below. Hanson is under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to perform this road construction.
Work is scheduled Monday through Friday, October 21, 2019 thru November 30, 2019, between the hours of 6:00 a. and 8:00 pm with Saturdays used as make-up days. There will be NO PARKING within work zones, please use side streets.

Fire Hydrant Flushing

REQUEST OF PA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY Greenwood Fire Department was notified yesterday that PA American Water Company is beginning their annual Fire Hydrant flushing program through out Moosic Borough. The flushing program provides testing and maintenance of the hydrants, and also improves domestic water quality by flushing water mains. Many residents have taken the initiative to landscape around some fire hydrants. PA American Water would like to advise that “all” fire hydrants will be operated and tested. Their employees will do everything possible not to disturb landscaping. However, the operation and flowing of each hydrant is necessary and some landscaping will be disturbed or removed as necessary.

Eagle Scout Merit beyond the Badge:

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting.  Moosic Borough Mayor and Council had the privilege to recognize Moosic residents Jason Walter Phillips Jr., a member of Boy Scout Troop 316 in Avoca, whom recently earning the honor of Eagle Scout.  Jason whom has undertaken for his Eagle Scout project the restoration of the Bernie J. Sklanka Pavilion and the addition of multiple Birdhouses in Moosic, PA..  Again on behalf of Moosic Borough Mayor and Council and all the residents of Moosic, Congradulations! Job Well done!

Cub Scout Arrow-of-Light Award:

Inspired by achievement, Moosic Borough Mayor and Council at it’s regular scheduled meeting held on April 9, 2019 recognized Brayden Insalaca  whom has achieved the highest award as a Cub Scout, the Arrow-of-light Award. In recognizing this steps in the advancement system of Cub Scouting help’s Brayden to grow in self-reliance and in his ability to help others in our community so Congratulations is given in achieving this awards. “Best of Luck”

Stan Kania, Council President, Cub Leader, Tamara Brown, Mayor James Segilia, and Brayden Insalaca

Special Election for District 114 PA House of Representatives

A Special Election for District 114 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has been called for March 12, 2019. Candidates running for special elections in Pennsylvania are selected by their respective political parties.
The seat became vacant after Sid Michaels Kavulich passed away on October 16, 2018, after complications from heart surgery.
The Candidates are:
Bridget Malloy Kosierowski
Frank Scavo III

Letter from the Mayor:

I would like to apologize to those effected by our chipping program this year. I made the decision to Chip our roads in the Borough because I know first hand how it works, unfortunately this was not the time of the year to do so.
As I discussed with my DPW Director, our Seal Coat Operation in Lackawanna County has come a long way and has done some impressive work in the past few years, what occurred does not represent their work or the work that was performed in the Borough. It’s easy to point fingers and look at things in hindsight and say “woulda coulda shoulda” but that doesn’t’ resolve anything. In my opinion, what occurred this past October was the result of a series of events- the year has been wet and programs fell behind, the end of the chipping season was fast approaching and the weather patterns have been unpredictable; I made the decision to continue to Chip even though this was not the time to do so. The weather pattern looked dry for the week so I took a shot. Seal Coat does work and I want to prove it to you. I spoke to PaDOT’s County Manger and the roads that were chipped last year will be re-done in July/August of this year. I want to make sure everyone is happy with the outcome and so does PADOT.
Thank you,
Mayor James Segilia

Reminder: Please do not place snow, slush or other obstructions into public streets.

Please remember as winter is upon us, Moosic Borough residents are reminded that any person, owner or resident of the Borough of Moosic depositing or throwing or discarding snow, slush or other obstructions into the public STREETS and rights-of- way is illegal and maybe subject to a fine of $600.00. Residents have 24 hours after the snow stops to remove the snow and ice from their sidewalks. Your cooperation with these regulations is appreciated.

Stormwater Management:

Working Together: Stormwater Management
Flooding, whether it be inside your home or outside in your yard or street, can be dangerous, problematic, and at the very least, inconvenient.
Residents who have stormwater concerns in their yards or basements should call or submit a letter to the Borough office staff describing the problem in detail.
Borough staff will determine if the flooding is caused by an issue with the Borough’s infrastructure (storm and / or sanitary sewers) or a private property owner’s infrastructure. If the cause of flooding is determined to be a Borough infrastructure problem, the Borough is responsible for any short term repairs in a timely manner. If the cause of flooding is determined to be a property owner problem (such as a failed sump pump or altered landscaping), the property owner is responsible for the repairs.
Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management:
• PLANT A TREE!
• Backyard Streams – Establish a buffer and plant trees and shrubs in your buffer zone.
• Vehicle Maintenance – By maintaining your car properly you can prevent oil leaks, heavy metals and toxic materials from traveling onto the streets.
• Lawn Care – LET YOUR GRASS CLIPPINS LAY! Don’t bag the grass mulch it.
• Pet Waste – Bag it! Dig a small trench in your yard where you pet tends to defecate and toss the waste in the trench, cover with a layer of leaves, grass clippings and dirt.
• Planters – Reduce impervious cover such as concrete sidewalks, parking lots.
• Rain Barrels – temporarily holding the stormwater run off.
• Rain Gardens & Wildflower Meadows – promotes grounding water infiltration.
• Dry Well – small, excavated ptis, filled with stone or gravel that temporarily stores stormwater runoff.

Mosquito Spraying in Moosic:

Mosquito Spraying in Moosic Wednesday August 1, 2018. The information below is for confirmation of the event only. We expect no concerns or problems. These spraying events are regular occurrences.
*Date of Application: August 1, 2018
*Moosic Borough
*Estimated Start Time: 2230 (10:30PM)
*Estimated Duration: 2 hour
*Applicator’s Company Name DEP
*Applicator’s Company Phone 717-346-8221
*BU Number of Applicator’s BU 5976
*Truck Mounted ULV Equipment
*Color/Markings/Company Logo White Ford F150
*Sprayer is Silver on Adulticiding Equipment
*Product/s Being Applied is Duet
*DEP Contact Onsite for Event: Christian Boyer*
*DEP Contact’s Phone Number: Office: 717-346-8221
Cell: 717-934-8215
*Applicator’s Contact Person Christian Boyer
*Onsite for Event Applicator’s Contact Phone 717-346-8221
*Christian Boyer Applicator’s Name/s

Public Child Safety ID:

New York Life is working with members of our community to ensure the safety of our children.  A Public Child Safety event will be held on August 21, 2018 at the Riverside Elementary East School.  The event will be from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.  All children will receive a FREE identification card.  Bring the entire family and friends for a day of fun, festivities, and valuable safety tips.  The event is sponsored by Alpha M. Barry/Agent NY life Insurance.

Electronic Recycling Program CLEAN & GREEN:

Moosic Borough residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronic devices for free during a two-day period in mid-June through a program outlined by the Lackawanna County Commissioners. The program will be in effect from June 14-15, 2018.

Thursday, June 14 – 1st and 3rd wards of Moosic Borough.
Friday, June 15 – – 2nd and 4th wards of Moosic Borough.

This is a great opportunity to discard electronic devices at no cost while protecting our environment.

Mosquito Control Operations:

MOSQUITO CONTROL OPERATIONS: For Moosic Borough this will include May St., Corey St., Greenwood Ave., Cotter St. and Kearney Ct.

The PA Department of Environmental Protection WNV Program will be conducting a truck mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation certain forested sections of Moosic this spring. The insecticide being used on residential properties is Bacillus thuringienis var., a biological insecticide which has no known adverse human health and environmental impacts. The insecticide will be applied by aircraft flying approximately 50 feet above the treetops sometime in May. To avoid the possibility of eye irritation, persons should not look up as the spray droplets are descending. Vehicles which are exposed to the spray deposits should be washed as soon as possible. You may contact the local Bureau of Forestry office (570)945-7133.