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Political flyer irks mayor of W-B Twp.

The township must remove a fuel tank from an old factory site, council learns.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. -- Mayor Carl Kuren on Monday night addressed a flyer that had been circulating in the township, which stated that he had engaged in “questionable practices” in regard to the use of township property.

Specifically, the flyer accused Kuren of utilizing the township bus to transport political supporters to various events. The flyer indicated that it represented the views of the “Democrat team.”

Replying to the accusations, Kuren said the bus was used for the benefit of township residents in general and that preference in regard to use of the bus had never been given to his political supporters.

“What do you know about this?” Kuren, a Republican, asked Democratic council member Michael Wildes.

“I know nothing about this,” said Wildes. “I certainly did not write it.”

Several in the audience at the council meeting indicated they supported the use of the bus for such activities as senior citizen field trips, church CCD trips to sporting activities, Scouting outings and transportation to day camp for township children.

Kuren said he believed that he would be vindicated in the next election, citing his continued service to the community.

In another matter, township Administrator Mike Revitt said the township needs to remove a 10,000-gallon fuel tank on a property on Shannon Street.

Although the township had demolished a factory on the property in 2008, officials did not know that the tank was there until neighbors reported that recent flooding on the property had contained “a strange film.”

Investigation by township officials revealed the presence of the tank.

“This was not the fault of the township,” said council President Mary Yuknavich, indicating the state Department of Environmental Protection had a record of the tank being there but did not share the information with the township during the original demolition of the structure at the site.

She said she hoped that the township could recoup some of the costs of removing the tank from the property.

Revitt said the soil will need to be tested for toxicity at further cost to the township.

“We have been in touch with state officials,” said Yuknavich, “but have not yet heard back.”

Yuknavich said she would share any further information on cleanup on the Shannon Street property at the next township council meeting.

What’s next

The next meeting of council will be Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

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