Coaldale Borough Council on Tuesday signed off on an agreement to allow the state to help Tamaqua area communities determine whether a regional police force would work for them.
The articles of agreement authorizes Peer-to-Peer Technical assistance from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
A meeting about the regionalization proposal, which may include Tamaqua and Coaldale boroughs and West Penn, Walker and Schuylkill townships, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in Tamaqua, said Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery.
A study to determine the feasibility of a regional force was begun last year. The study is being done at no cost to the municipalities, nor are they bound by its results.
In other matters Tuesday, Coaldale council approved a one-year lease agreement with Peter J. Radocha and Sons Inc. The agreement allows Radocha to use a piece of borough land adjacent to the Radocha property to store materials. The agreement, which allows Radocha to use the land for $1 a year, forbids the dumping of tires or other waste on the property.
Councilman Steve Tentylo cast the sole nay vote on the agreement. Tentylo said he is concerned about future impact of allowing the company to use the land.
Also on Tuesday, council appointed Michael Murphy to serve on the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation commission, and agreed to allow C.H.O.S.E., the borough community improvement organization, to meet in borough hall at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The group now meets in members' homes.
Council also agreed to move toward taking out a $60,000 tax anticipation loan to help make ends meet until tax revenue starts coming in next month.