An Earth Day clean-up is being planned for Tidewood East Industrial Park, Hometown.

Dr. Joe Urenovitch, president of Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises (TIDE), announced Thursday morning that the park's maintenance committee will commence with the clean-up on Thursday, April 22.

The committee's first spring clean-up was organized last spring, with representatives of each of the Tidewood East tenant companies assisting, Urenovitch explained. TIDE boad member Mary Jane Horvath helped coordinate the effort.

Trans Western Polymers was donating bags and sticks for the clean-up, and Fox Transportation was to assist with hauling. TIDE will pick up any additional costs, Urenovitch noted.

Zamias, the developer for the Wal-Mart store at the entrance to Tidewood East, has contracted with David Clewell for landscaping maintenance.

There are also some beautification plans for the park, with TIDE and the tenants pitching in to obtain small trees to further fix up the landscape.

"I'm excited about this," said Urenovitch. "We're going to have all the companies involved in it."

Gerald Heffner, vice president of SEDCO (Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation), a TIDE consultant, said the board had received a letter from the Rush Township Board of Supervisors regarding the roads in the park.

The letter, from Supervisor Robert Leibensperger, stated it is the township's priority to fix residential roads first and suggested TIDE seeking funding for road repair from the local legislative delegation.

It was suggested that the tenants in the park address letters of concerns over the road conditions to the township. "It's not just a TIDE issue, it's a tenant issue," said Heffner. "We understand that townships need to prioritize, but the roads need major repairs," said Heffner.

"TIDE has also expressed interest in improving the lighting in the park," said Heffner after noting TIDE has been in contact with Ed Johnson of PPL Utilities, Hazleton. "Rush Township has no contract with PPL, and the municipality would be responsible."

If lights were installed on the poles in the park, they would cost between $13-$16 per light per month, said Heffner. "PPL would need to install transformers at $750 each."

Board member Anthony Maff said PPL should provide TIDE with an estimate for doing the work. "We should go to the township with the numbers," he stated.

"Maybe the businesses could chip in," said TIDE Treasurer Serge Chrush. "We don't want to put the cart before the horse," said Heffner. "We should satisfy the need first," added Maff.

In other business, the annual Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce/TIDE Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May12 at the Tamaqua Community Center. Emerson Musser of Hometown will be presented with the Chamber's annual Citizenship Award at the dinner. Tickets for the dinner are available by calling the chamber office at (570) 668-1880.

The board is in the process of electing members and officers for the 2010-11 term. Ballots are being sent to members.