Borough of West Pittston, Pennsylvania
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West Pittston Borough Building
555 Exeter Avenue
West Pittston, PA 18643

Phone
Main Office 570-655-7782
Public Works: 570-655-7786
Police (non-emergency) 570-655-7780
Emergency: 911

Office Hours 8:00 to 4:00 weekdays

Recycling Center
505 Delaware Avenue
Open for Recycling 8:00 to noon Saturdays

Borough Manager
Savino Bonita

Borough Secretary
Ellen Riddle

Borough Council
 President
Judy Aita

Members
Charles Alfano
James Butera
John Hood
​Barry Hosier
Adam Ruderman
Ellen Quinn

Mayor
Tom Blaskiewicz

Council Meetings
First Tuesday of the month
6:30 PM in the Borough Building
Council work sessions
Third Tuesday of the month
unless otherwise published
6:30 PM in the Borough Building

Police Chief
Michael Turner

Fire Chief
John Hood
West Pittston Hose Company #1

Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer
Alan J. Brezinski

Public Records Officer
Savino Bonita
NOTICES
Be sure to sign up for CodeRED
CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows borough officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive, general and emergency information. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system. .  
Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using CodeRED.  These include AMBER alerts, hazardous traffic or road conditions, boil water advisories, evacuation notices or community events.
 https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BF660248106D
For registration help, call 1-866-939-0911
Required information includes contact name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number and whether the property is a residence or business.

MEETINGS


August 1  --  Borough Council
            6:30 PM Borough Building

August 2 -- Parks & Recreation Board
            7 PM Borough Building

August 8 - Shade Tree Commission
             7 PM Borough Building

August 22 - Borough Council work              session
              6:30 PM Borough Building

All meetings are open to the public.


    The West Pittston Police Department has a new website.  Be sure to check it often.  The site is intended to help the West Pittston Police Department with its law enforcement duties. You may email tips, retrieve forms, access other law enforcement sites, or register for code red on the site which is www.westpittstonpd.com
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the website please email turner@westpittstonpd.com
Crime tips may be emailed to
 tip@westpittstonpd.com.
Police Department Website
The Basics

MOSQUITO  SPRAYING  SET  FOR  AUGUST 24

NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND PUBLIC MEETING FOR
CHESAPEAKE BAY POLLUTANT REDUCTION PLAN

Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) hereby gives notice of the 30-day public comment period for its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP). Best management practices (BMPs) are proposed in the regional Plan to satisfy PRP requirements for the Chesapeake Bay and local stream impairments.

The public is invited to review this document and provide written comments to the Executive Director.
WVSA
PO Box 33A, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
James B. Tomaine, P.E. – jim.tomaine@wvsa.net

The 30-day public comment period begins August 1, 2017 and ends August 31, 2017.
The Plan will be discussed at a public meeting on August 10, 2017 starting at 4PM at the offices of WVSA.

The municipalities participating in the regional Plan include the Cities of Nanticoke, Pittston, and Wilkes-Barre; the Boroughs of Ashley, Courtdale, Dureyea, Edwardsville, Exeter, Forty Fort, Hughestown, Kingston, Laflin, Larksville, Luzerne, Plymouth, Pringle, Sugar Notch, Swoyersville, Warrior Run, West Pittston, West Wyoming, Wyoming, and Yatesville; and the Townships of Hanover, Jackson, Jenkins, Lehman, Newport, Pittston, Plains, Plymouth, and Wilkes-Barre.

Web Link to the WVSA Web Site and The Regional Pollutant Reduction Plan:
   http://wvsa.org/stormWaterPosting.pdf


The Luzerne County West Nile Program will be conducting an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus on August 24, 2017 in parts of Exeter Borough, Pittston Township, and West Pittston Borough.

Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel this
spray operation. If conditions do not allow application on August 24, 2017, the following evening will serve as the back-up spray date.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying residential and recreational mosquito habitat. The equipment dispenses AquaDUET at a rate of 0.62 ounces per acre.  The product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The application material has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.

​Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis. In 2017, West Nile virus has been detected in Northeastern Pennsylvania counties including Luzerne County.

Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:
    •Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water.
    •Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
    •Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
    •Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
    •Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
    •Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.
    •Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
    •Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers. If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy BTI products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:
    •Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
    •Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
    •When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.
    •Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer's instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information about West Nile virus and the state's surveillance and control program, please visit www.westnile.state.pa.us