Tamaqua is eligible for $121,679 in community development block grant funds (CDBG) this year. Borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt outlined several projects that he feels should be considered for this year's money. After setting aside the mandatory 18 percent for administrative costs ($21,900) and maxing out the demolition funds, $36,500, Steigerwalt said that an additional $20,000 will be used to match funds donated by the Morgan Foundation for a slide at the Bungalow pool. The remaining $43,279 he recommended be used for street resurfacing programs. The next public hearing for the grant will be held on September 20th at 6:30 p.m.
Council approved the first payment for the Little Schuylkill River Walk project. Steigerwalt said that he had been questioned why the surface of the walk was asphalt, when the borough's ordinance requires sidewalks to be concrete. "We have no ordinances on trails. That is being funded by a recreational trail grant and it's a trail. That's why we went with asphalt," he explained.
Council approved a request to hold a fundraising dance at the Willing Skate and Bike Park on September 23 from 7-11 p.m.
Council voted to advertise an ordinance regulating feral and stray cats. The ordinance would make it illegal to feed feral and stray cats. Animal control officer Sue Schafer requested that the borough delay enacting the ordinance as she is currently in the process of trapping the feral colonies and having them spayed or neutered and then released. Schafer added that if the cats are not fed, they will find alternative sources of food, including ripping in to people's garbage.
Mayor Christian Morrison presented the results of the Eastern Schuylkill County Regional Police Study.
Following an executive session for personnel matters, Council voted to approve the transfer of Todd Macalush from the water treatment plant to the waste water treatment plant, effective September 19th.