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Youth swim team seeks to upgrade equipment

Published September 24. 2010 05:00PM

A swim team comprised of children from the Palmerton Area is in need of new equipment.

William Ravert, of Bowmanstown, approached Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday to ask if it would offer assistance to the Palmerton Porpoise Swim Team.

Ravert said the swim team has been in existence for the past 50 years. He said the team competes in the Lehigh Valley Swim League, which includes swim teams from Slatington to Quakertown.

"They have a very competitive team, which I think Palmerton should be proud of," said Ravert, who added that while the swim team does have fund raisers, the funds received are used to fund the normal operations of the team, such as the purchase of score cards, timers, award ribbons, and so forth.

Ravert said the team is in need of six new starting blocks, which cost about $2,000 apiece. With installation, Ravert said the cost would be about $15,000.

The present blocks have been in use since the 1970s, and are in need of replacement for the safety of the swimmers.

"We're looking to the borough for help to hopefully have them for next year's swim team," he said. "If there's anything you can do from your recreation or grants, it would be greatly appreciated."

In addition, Ravert said each team within the league has been required by the league rules committee to purchase a laptop computer and program to better keep records for each meet.

Councilman Chris Olivia then asked Ravert whether he planned to approach other municipalities for assistance, to which Ravert said he did.

Council President Terry Costenbader told Ravert council will consider his request and get back to him.

Also on Thursday, council approved a subdivision for its new wastewater treatment plant.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the process will essentially subdivide a little over a acre from Horsehead Resources along the Chestnut Ridge Railroad line off their property and annex it up to the borough's property.

Danielson noted the subdivision has been granted approval by both the borough and Carbon County Planning commissions.

In June, council applied for an H2O grant in the amount of $8,164,530 to help afford the new wastewater treatment plant.

That came after council in April authorized Danielson and borough solicitor Michael Ozalas to prepare a $10 million bond issue after it learned the project would cost more than expected.

For residents, that will mean about a $17-18 increase in their monthly sewer bill rate, which could go into effect by Jan. 1, 2011.

Council approved this year's budget with a 1-mill reduction in property taxes. However, as part of that budget, it approved a $10 increase in the monthly sewer rate due to the project.

In other business, council:

• Adopted a resolution for an on-lot sewer system that establishes the fee structure for sewage enforcement work and on-lot sewage permits within the borough.

• Hired Don Heiney and Jeffrey Hausman as leaf collection workers. Heiny will be paid $7.75 an hour, while Hausman will get $7.25 an hour.

• Announced there will be some changes to the leaf collection route schedule, and cautioned residents to note their respective time for collection when the schedule is published in the newspaper.

• Announced Trick-or-Treat will be held in the borough from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27.

• Appointed Michael Fedor as officer in charge while police Chief Randy Smith is on vacation.

• Approved a request by Dynamite Woodworking to close Second Street on Fridays and Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. from Sept. 25 through the month of October.

• Approved the CACPAC request for Crop Walk.

• Approved the 2011 Rolling Cruise request.

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