July 25th, 2013
As a tax-paying citizen in the City of Sunbury, I have a major complaint to raise with Mayor Persing and the Code Officers who are about to saddle unsuspecting citizens with a HEALTH PROBLEM that may continue to exist for future generations.
The last meeting with Mayor Persing presiding had one goal. It was to obtain feedback from citizens of Sunbury who attended the meeting, asked their opinion in developing a NEW CITY CODE for allowing people to burn wood in their yard.
July 25th, 2013
Please explain to me the following:
The city council members are voted into office, so how can “someone” in the city government change the lock on a council member’s office to prevent him from doing his job?
I can only speak for myself, but this smacks of an attempt of a person trying to create a totalitarian government in the City of Sunbury.
Are we as voting citizens of this city going to allow this unlawful behavior to continue?
I, for one will NOT!
Cheryl Snyder, Sunbury
July 25th, 2013
By Mark Maroney – Reprinted from Williamsport Sun-Gazette
At one time, lead was thought to be a good additive to preserve paint.
But as children began to eat lead paint chips that flaked off window sills, they suffered severe medical ailments and lead eventually was recognized as causing major problems, especially in young children.
“New information comes about all of the time,” said Dr. Anthony J. Cipolla, a local dentist who spoke briefly Wednesday at the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority, where he handed the board and staff literature on the potential public health risks associated with the authority continuing to add fluoride to the public water supply.
Local Dentist, Dr. Anthony J. Cipolla, makes his Presentation
July 21st, 2013
by Ed Quiggle Jr.
Ed Quiggle Jr.
On Friday July 12th Congressman Lou Barletta came to Sunbury for a tour of the Sunbury Textile Mills and to hold a press conference. Members from PANDA Pennsylvania, the Sunbury PANDA chapter, and the Susquehanna Valley Liberty Alliance participated in a rally against Rep. Lou Barletta’s support for the NDAA and its indefinite detention provisions, and for apparently ignoring the City of Sunbury’s recent resolution which asked Rep. Barletta to support legislation to remove indefinite detention from the NDAA.
In fact Rep. Barletta voted against the Smith-Gibson Amendment, a piece of legislation that would have removed the indefinite detention provisions from the NDAA, even after he had been given the Sunbury NDAA resolution and hearing his constituents demands to repeal NDAA.
July 11th, 2013
“and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us…”
~ H. G. Wells on The War of the Worlds
With these famous words from his epic ground-breaking novel, H. G. Wells prefaced the coming invasion of Earth by the Martians. There is a modern parallel happening right now, in which the Martians are in fact Missourians and, slowly but surely they are drawing their plans against the crumbling Persing administration in Sunbury.
A letter was received by City Hall on Monday 8th July. Any alert observer at the City meeting held that night would have noticed the general demeanor at the front table – the distinct lack of bonhomie, the nervousness and, especially, the long faces. The City Administration seemed somehow distant, as if weighed down with the responsibilities and problems of government.
Not The Item has obtained a copy of this letter, addressed to the Mayor and members of the City Council, as well as to the Department of Environmental Protection in Williamsport. In it, Kansas City Missouri-based attorney Charles Speer refers to clients who have been affected by the City’s actions. He refers to concerns about health rising from the situation still existing at the former Celotex site, about early morning truck noise, about excessive volumes of dust which are causing breathing problems for local residents, and producing dust and dirt in homes near the site. He was concerned that the dust raised by these trucks could cause extreme health risks and irreversible health deterioration, or over time, death, for those, including his clients, forced to breathe dust generated on the site.
July 10th, 2013
by Regina Russell
I am dismayed by the constant inappropriate behavior demonstrated by the Mayor and Council members with their blatant disregard for the Board of Elections Code of Ethics, The PA 3rd Class City Codes and abuse of their authority as leaders who are elected as civil servants to serve and protect the rights of the citizens and residents of the City of Sunbury and not for their own personal interest.
At the June 28th city council meeting, the Mayor shared with the public, there was an investigation regarding the grievance complaints filed by Inspector Rhodes and Swope, which, Councilman Bartello and the public were denied an answer when asked, to hear who did the investigation and the conclusion. A significant question.
July 10th, 2013
Outside Fires? Not Within City Limits!
Do you suffer from anti-social neighbors who insist on regularly lighting fires in their yards? Outdoor wood burning furnaces and home-made fire pits are becoming more popular these days, but for those obliged to breathe this smoke they are far from welcome.
This is the situation faced by Cheryl Snyder and Joe Metz of Susquehanna Avenue. Cheryl, a retired chemist, suffers from asthma. They were originally from Sunbury and returned to the city 7 years ago, happy to find that burn barrels had been consigned to history and that the air quality was very much improved.
Joe Metz & Cheryl Snyder
July 1st, 2013
The Case of the Bungled Inspection
Another example of an apparently bungled Code Office rental inspection, this time in N 6th St., has been brought to our attention. We will provide you, our readers, the facts as given to us. You can draw your own conclusions. Also, if you have had a recent rental inspection, be sure to check out the link to proper inspection procedures at the end of this article.
Sue Rubendall and her partner Dan L Martz have lived at #852 North 6th Street since 1st November 2012.
Sue Rubendall & Dan Martz
From the beginning they had issues. The porch floor seemed very unstable and there was a sizable hole in the living room floor under the rug – a hole that Sue actually tripped in and hurt her back. The handrail on the back steps was loose and there was no guttering on the roof above the steps, making them icy and dangerous throughout the cold months.