Palmerton has taken over ownership of a dilapidated property in the west end of the borough.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed Borough Council on Tuesday that the borough now owns the property at 910 Edgemont Avenue.

Danielson asked council to ratify his actions on Nov. 19, when he placed a bid in the amount of $3,576 for the property, where a rundown home exists.

"We are now the owners of that property," Danielson said. "As soon as possible, we'd like to begin remediation, remove the property, and put it out to bid."

In February, council agreed to file legal proceedings against the owner of the home. As part of that measure, council authorized Danielson and borough solicitor Michael Ozalas to take the action.

Danielson said the property has been abandoned for many years, and has been cited various times.

Also on Tuesday, council on a 4-0 vote, agreed to relieve part-time police officers Daniel Troxell and Lawrence Laverso from their duties.

Councilmen Chris Olivia, Richard Nothstein, Jason Behler, and Kris Hoffner approved the motion. Councilman Randolph Gursky and council President Terry Costenbader were absent.

Danielson said he believes the officers already turned in their gear because they haven't been working shifts lately.

In other business, council:

Ÿ Agreed to renew a contract with Waste Management for the disposal of sewage sludge.

Ÿ Agreed to allow the borough office and police department to be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 27 due to the Christmas holiday.

Ÿ Announced that the borough's public works department will be closed Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 due to the Christmas holiday.

Ÿ Recognized the Palmerton Booster Club 85-lb. football team for winning the Colonial League Championship.