'Good examples' for the community
Members of the Tamaqua Borough Council recognized the recent accomplishments of Tamaqua high school student Allison Updike, including the PIAA state championship medal in the javelin. On hand for the presentation were (left to right) Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison, Updike,her mother Jackie Updike, Coach John Kotchmar, and council president Micah Gursky. LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Tamaqua Borough Council recognized two outstanding citizens for their hard work and dedication at Tuesday night's meeting.
Tamaqua Area High School student Allison Updike received accolades for her recent accomplishments at the state track meet, including the championship in the javelin.
Community volunteer Andy Leibenguth was presented with a certificate honoring his tireless efforts on behalf of several organizations and the community.
"People have a negative perception that there are a lot of bad things going on in our community," said council president Micah Gursky. "Andy and Allison are certainly two good examples of the good things that are going on in our community."
In other business, council approved the location of the monitoring and hardware storage area for the police security camera project to be in the old district magistrate's office on the second floor of the borough hall. Additionally, a room currently being utilized by the police to store evidence will need to be vacated.
Councilman John Trudich said that ideally, an extension could be built on to the existing police department that would allow the department better access to the equipment, but due to the time constraints on the project, the other area must be utilized immediately.
Trudich added that if in the future, the camera project expands, more room will be needed to house the equipment.
Council approved two handicap parking spaces, one at 210 Orwigsburg Street and another at 553 Arlington Street.
Council adopted a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for funding in the amount of $390,000 for the rehabilitation of 420 East Broad Street, as well as a cooperation agreement with the Alliance for Building Communities for the rehab project.
ABC intends to convert the building at 420 East Broad Street, which is also known as the Akins building, into multi-unit housing.
Dennis Kiefer, the president of the Schuylkill County Building and Truck Trade Council, asked that the borough consider a project labor agreement for the Owl Creek Reservoir renovation project. Kiefer explained that a similar agreement had been put in place for the transportation station project in Pottsville and resulted in approximately 75 percent of the workers on the site being craftsmen from Schuylkill County. Council asked for a copy of the type of agreement, which Kiefer said he would provide.
Council received communication from the borough's engineering firm, Alfred Benesch and Company, Pottsville, regarding the intake tower located at Owl Creek Dam's upper reservoir.
According to the communication, the engineer is recommending that the existing tower be removed, because it will not be functional.
Gursky added that there were some "broken hearts" with the Owl Creek Reservoir Commission about the removal of the historic structure.
"In order to save the reservoir, we're going to have to get rid of that," he said.
Council members discussed the possibility of removing it and relocating it, however, it would ultimately be up to the reservoir commission to make a recommendation and undertake the project. A motion to approve the engineer's recommendation died for lack of a second.
Gursky also reminded residents that WNEP's Joe Snedecker will be stopping in Tamaqua at the Train Station during his annual bike tour fundraiser in July. Gursky asked residents to get out and support both Snedecker and the town.