Tamaqua Borough Council held its second public hearing regarding the submission of the application for funding for the 2012 community development block grant program. The final project list includes $18,575 for administration, $30,950 for clearance and demolition, $37,678 for street reconstruction, and $16,000 for parking meter upgrades.
Borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt said that the borough will be lucky to accomplish two, possibly three, demolitions for that amount. Dan Schroeder, the community development officer, provided a list of nine properties that could be potential projects.
A section of Lafayette Street, from Swatara Street to the bottom of the hill and a section of Nescopec Street, from Hegarty Avenue to Rowe Street are slated to be resurfaced under the reconstruction project. Steigerwalt said that those two sections will exhaust the funds quickly.
Council briefly discussed what other options could be entertained to procure parking meters, including online auctions or Ebay, however, councilman Brian Connely said that the matter had been thoroughly researched by one of the borough employees and those options were not feasible.
Resident Tony Rodrigue asked if the borough had finished all of the necessary work on the Wabash Creek Tunnel, or if there was still more that needed to be finished. Council president Micah Gursky said that all of the work that needed to be done had been done, however, there would always be ongoing costs associated with maintaining the tunnel. "We will need to accumulate some more funds," he said, before additional projects can be done.
At their meeting later in the evening, council approved the 2012 grant application.