A Dunkin' Donuts shop and a medical office for Blue Mountain Health System should soon be in operation in Palmerton.

By a 5-0 margin, borough council on Thursday agreed to grant preliminary/final land development plan review for Joseph Bennett at 555 Delaware Avenue. Councilmen Michael Ballard and Jeremy Barbosa were absent.

Plans call for the former Bennett Palmerton dealership to be converted into a Dunkin' Donuts shop - that could be open the Friday after Thanksgiving - and a medical office for BMHS - which could be open by Nov. 1 - Bennett said.

The back end of the site has served as a Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit facility since 2010.

Also on Thursday, council accepted the retirement resignation of longtime borough public works department employee Joe Kercsmar, effective Feb. 21, 2014.

Kercsmar, who most recently served as public works supervisor, has been a borough employee for the past 43 years.

Councilman Kris Hoffner noted that Kercsmar has been a very dedicated employee over that time.

Council President Terry Costenbader said Kercsmar will be missed.

In a related matter, council agreed to advertise for public works employees.

In other business, council:

Ÿ Granted final land development plan approval for Pencor Services, Inc. at 524 Delaware Avenue.

Ÿ Approved the employment termination of employee #058, effective Sept. 12, 2013.

Ÿ Agreed to advertise for solid waste collection bids until 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

Ÿ Agreed to take 15 bicycles and other scrap metals to a public municipal auction in November.

Ÿ Approved the minimum municipal obligation for nonuniformed pension funds in the amount of $23,262.

Ÿ Approved the minimum municipal obligation for uniformed pension funds in the amount of $102,621.

Ÿ Granted permission for the Palmerton Chamber of Commerce to sponsor the Palmerton Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. The rain date is Monday, Oct. 21.

Ÿ Granted permission to the Pace-Makers Association to hold a Car Show at the borough park on June 14, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ÿ Approved a handicapped parking request for Beth Henry at 707 Fifth Street.