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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A proposed ordinance that would require people who feed stray cats to become responsible for those cats was tabled at last night's Tamaqua Council meeting. Cathy Miorelli, a resident of Owl Creek, and former councilwoman, asked council why they wanted to adopt the ordinance. She said that in essence, the ordinance will punish people for committing acts of kindness. Citing herself as an "expert in the field," she said that the ordinance is not going to help the current feral cat problem in Tamaqua. "If you think they're doing property damage now, it is only going to go up," she said.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Carbon County planners voted on eight subdivision proposals within the county recently.

During the monthly meeting of the county planning commission, the board reviewed the proposals and provided their recommendations on the plans. Their recommendations are as follows:

Ÿ Glenn Mayer and Debra Orban; and Andrea A. Brown, owner, received conditional plan rejection until all comments are adequately addressed and mitigated for their proposed subdivision at 2430 Little Gap Road, Lower Towamensing Township.. The plan calls for subdividing 34.8872 acres into two lots.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Today's parent meeting to be held at Tamaqua Elementary at 6:30 p.m. has been moved to the evening before the DARE Challenge.

The Challenge Committee feels that it has everything in order for the DARE Challenge and is asking parents and volunteers to stop by the Tamaqua Elementary School on Friday, March 2 from 6-9 p.m. to help setup for the challenge, which is set for March 3 at the school.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Essroc Cement Corporation has agreed to pay a $82,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of toxic chemical reporting requirements at its manufacturing facility located at 401 West Prospect St., Nazareth. According to EPA, Essroc failed to submit three years of required reports on a regulated toxic chemical (lead) which was processed at this facility.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Weissport Council announced on Tuesday night that it is in the process of developing a park ordinance that will include an application form for use of borough property for fundraising events by the public.

For a small borough, Weissport has a very picturesque town park that is ideal for holding events to raise funds for charities. The park is the focal point for the Weissport Redneck Festival that will be hosted for the fifth year on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, plus it is used two times a year, in May and September by Weissport Recreation Committee to hold community yard sales.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton resident Helen Snyder, right, and her granddaughter, high school senior Jennifer Snyder, center, display flags that Helen Snyder crocheted and presented to the school board on Tuesday to be given to the high school.

A special program for students with severe disabilities will be implemented next year in the Palmerton Area School District.

The school board on an 8-0 vote Tuesday agreed to establish a Life Skills class for its students at S.S. Palmer Elementary in the 2012-13 school year. Director Josann Harry was absent.

In a related matter, the board created one teacher position with Special Ed certification, and one support staff position for the newly created Life Skills class.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Palmerton may have a taker for a vacant lot in the West End of the borough.

The borough received lukewarm interest for the property at 910 Edgemont Avenue after it received one bid from Joe Weiner in the amount of $1,002.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the bid information will be shared with Borough Council when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The sole proposal is one more than the borough received when it initially attempted to sell the property last August. At that time, no offers were received.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Training, a police car and appointing a temporary officer in charge were three police related items on the agenda at the last Mahoning Township supervisor's meeting in which some of the decisions met with some opposition, especially vocalized in the 4-1 selection of Audie Mertz as temporary Officer in Charge, standing in for Police Chief Kenneth Barnes for reasons not stated during the meeting.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A motion to postpone the filling of an open position in the street department until the proposed sale of the Tamaqua Community Center is completed failed at last night's regular council meeting. The motion was made by councilman Tom Cara, who said that if the sale of the building does not go through, the borough will be short $178,000 in their budget this year. He said that by not filling the street department position, the borough could make up approximately $50,000 of that shortfall.