KULPMONT - A Jan. 28 fire that destroyed four buildings and damaged four others was a topic of discussion during Tuesday night's Kulpmont Borough Council meeting.

According to a report of the meeting provided by Borough Secretary Rhonda Wilk, the early morning fire in the 900 block of Chestnut Street came up several times, especially during the public comment period.

Dennis Zarick, who lives at 912 Chestnut St., informed borough council he intends to rebuild his home, and would consider one or more of the other damaged properties, should they become available. He said he would also consider using the same contractor the borough used to help clean up the site.

In response, borough mayor Myron Turlis clarified Kulpmont did not hire anyone to demolish or remove the structures.

Another resident, Dave Dallabrida, of 922 Chestnut St., questioned council on the cleanup status, telling council members his property has become a thruway. He wishes to close up access and not leave his yard open.

Solicitor William Cole told Dallabrida the mayor and council are working on the problem with a timetable in mind. He said these are private properties and that rights must be observed.

In his report, Turlis thanked all the firefighters and fire departments that responded that morning, and all those who provided support, including Dunkin Donuts, Turkey Hill Minit Market and store manager Jamie Jerosevich, Baluta Heating and Plumbing, Joe Cesari and Subway, Scicchitano's Wings in Mount Carmel and Scicchitano's Pizza, Dave Shinskie and the Knights of Columbus, all the neighbors in the area, the Salvation Army, Bob Guzick, EMS crews and fire police, borough council and all others who provided aid.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a roller from Medico Industries, Hanover, and a skid steer loader from Best-Line Equipmnent, Muncy, at a cost not to exceed $55,255.

The borough also purchased Taser cartidges, OC spray and an updated crimes code book for the police department at a cost of $403.13.

The two motions were approved by an 6-0 vote by Clarence Deitrick, Nicholas Bozza, Stephanie Niglio, Philip Scicchitano, Joseph Winhofer and Stephen Motyka. Council President Bruno Varano was absent.