Both fun borough recreational needs and more serious business matters were discussed at Monday's Slatington Finance/Planning/Zoning, Public Safety, and Human/Community Services Committee Workshop meeting.
First up, Slatington Parks & Recreation Commission Chairman Robert Stettner said improvements should be made at Victory Park.
He said that in 2013, improvements were made to the borough's West End Playground but that Victory Park, which will host many of the borough's 150th anniversary celebration events this year, now needs to be addressed.
Stettner said the most pressing issue was to replace swings no longer available at a swing set there.
The committee approved the purchase of five regular swings and chain for the park, plus a tot swing for the West End Playground to replace one vandalized there last year, for a total of $378.15.
In addition, Human/ Community Services Chairman David Schnaars asked if the disc golf course at Victory Park was in satisfactory condition for the park's upcoming ninth annual Open Disc Golf Tournament, one of the largest disc golf tournaments in the area, slated at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Stettner said it was.
Public Safety Chairman Jon Rinker then said that recently updated cameras at the borough's downtown trailhead, if continuous monitoring was desired, would require an additional $600 connection fee. Council concluded that, if necessary, DVR review would instead be sufficient.
He also said an anonymous donation of cameras for placement at the West End Playground was recently made. Stettner said those cameras are up and functioning.
Finally, Rinker added that the fire department's annual spring carnival will run from May 6-10 at the fire station on West Church Street in Slatington. Stevenson later said the annual event benefits Slatington's all-volunteer, nonprofit fire company.
During his Human/ Community Services discussion, Schnaars said a number of borough computers, including those at the water and sewer plants, need to be upgraded.
He said IT Consultant Andy Gildner, of Keystone Technology, LLC of Slatington, advised upgrading their Office software to the latest version at a cost of $230 per computer, and upgrading any operating systems still using XP at a cost of $150 per license.
In addition, he said Gildner recommended purchasing new computers at a cost of $512 apiece for the water and sewer plants to replace current ones that are "not upgradable."
Schnaars recommended the committee start planning for these costs and put the issue on the agenda for discussion at next month's council meeting.