Ex-mayor receives warm send-off
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Council Vice President Chris Olivia presents former mayor Peter J. Delich with a certificate of appreciation.
The former mayor of Palmerton has received a warm send-off.
Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution in recognition of former mayor Peter J. Delich.
Delich, who served as mayor from 1990 until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2009, received a certificate of appreciation, as well as a plaque from council.
"It is an honor for me to accept this recognition for the 30 years I spent with the borough," Delich said. "It's been a pleasure working with the borough for 30 years, but as all things go, all good things must come to an end."
Later on, Delich received a round of applause from all those in attendance.
Councilman Richard Nothstein reflected on the first time he said he met Delich in 1946.
"He was with his girlfriend and I saw them under the light on Franklin Avenue after he has just returned from the Navy," mused Nothstein. "I want to thank you for service."
Mayor Brad Doll thanked Delich for his service, and told him how much he appreciated all that he's done for the borough.
"You raised the bar so high for me," Doll said. "I can only hope to achieve what you did."
Delich began his tenure in the borough as a councilman in 1978, during which time he served on various committees.
He further served on the Palmerton Hospital Authority from 1978-2007, and represented the borough on the Mid-Eastern Counties Association of boroughs from 1981-2008.
Also on Thursday, council heard several concerns from residents.
Resident Paul Snyder, who resides at 1004 Charles Street, told council he was upset to see that borough workers recently put a sign up on Edgemont Avenue near his property for street sweeping.
Snyder said he initially called the borough to voice his complaint.
"If you're going to post it here, how can you make it here and nowhere else in the borough," Snyder said. "It's ridiculous that it's posted there."
Council President Terry Costenbader told Snyder council would take his concern back to a borough committee for its review.
Council Vice President Chris Olivia told Snyder other signs were posted throughout the borough, and not just near his property.
Also, council heard from resident BillieJo Moyer, who asked whether the borough had an ordinance in place that prevents fires burning from a wooden deck.
Moyer said there have been several instances where a next-door neighbor has burned branches from their wooden deck at the half-double home next to her parents.
She said her parents live at 928 Third Street, while the address in question is 930 Third Street.
"The cops have been called numerous times," Moyer said. "It's an ongoing issue."
Council said it would review the matter.