Water rate increase questioned
At Slatington's regular meeting of council held Monday night a few residents questioned Council about the recent increase of cost of water in the borough. Mel Gildner, of Slatington, said that the average bill in the borough went up $20 to $30.
Currently, each unit in the borough is charged for a minimum of 8,000 gallons of water. Councilman Paul Hoffman said that Council is working on redoing the matrix to lower this minimum amount, which was set up in 1981. Council tabled this issue until their next workshop meeting.
Vernette Hilbert, of Slatington, said that speeding has become an issue on Diamond Street from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. Police Chief David Rachman said that the police will keep an eye on it.
In other business, Council tabled their decision on borough engineer until their workshop meeting, they appointed Mel Gildner to the Zoning Hearing Board and they restriced parking on the north side of Franklin Street from First Street to Park Avenue. Council voted to sign a contract with Peaceable Kingdom, and they authorized Borough Manager Steve Salvesen to start working on the bid documents for Slatington's electricity and the publication of the borough news letter. Salvesen said that the news letter should be out around May 1. In the news letter their will be further information about the borough's new process with lost animals. The borough will house a lost animal for 48 hours before handing it over to Peaceable Kingdom, who will post pictures of the animal on www.craigslist.org and www.petfinder.com.