Coaldale to buy new dump truck
Coaldale borough will be buying a new dump truck, expected to cost about $38,000.
Council at a public meeting Tuesday agreed to seek a bank loan to pay for the truck. Continuing to repair the current aging truck would be too expensive.
Council debated at length whether to use money earmarked for street repair to buy the truck, but in the end decided to bite the bullet and take out a loan.
Borough Supervisor Kenneth Hankey said money could be siphoned from non-essential projects, such as repainting parking lines, to make the loan payments, which council figures will come to about $5,000 a year.
In other matters, council agreed to buy a 2003 Ford Expedition police car and to hire Joseph Krebs of Jim Thorpe as a part-time, as-needed police officer. It also agreed to buy new narrow frequency capable radios to come into compliance with the new federal requirements.
Council also agreed to buy a needed new Taser training suit, although it put off buying two new Tasers to replace the old ones.
Police Chief Tim Delaney said officers were forced to use a Taser on an emergency room patient at St. Lukes Miners Memorial Hospityal on Monday. The patient had been using "bath salts," a chemical that mimics speed or cocaine, and was out of control, he said.
Councilman Thomas Keerans, head of council's police committee, asked council to ban the substance from the borough. However, solicitor Michael Greek said state legislators are poised to criminalize possession or use of the white powder, and that the borough may lack the power to do that.
The state House on April 4 passed a bill to place the chemical componenets of "bath salts" on the list of controlled substances. The Senate is expected to follow suit.
In other matters Tuesday, council:
*Set its community yard sale for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14, with a rain date of May 21;
*Agreed on a contract with Radocha excavating to lease borough land between First and Thirds streets for one year. Councilman Steve Tentylo asked that the parcel in question be professionally surveyed, but his collegaues balked at the estimated $2,500 cost. After council voted against the request, Tentylo said he would have Radocha pay the cost.
*Agreed to ask Lansford borough council to meet with Coaldale council to discuss proposals from two water companies to take over the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority. Coaldale Councilman Joe Hnat asked that the two governing bodies meet first before hearing the proposals.
*Agreed to allow Hankey to take the borough backhoe to the Carbon County Head Start program at the Coaldale Complex from 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 6 for the program's Transportation Day. The children will be allowed to explore various vehicles, including a police car, ambulance and fire truck.
*Announced that borough offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 22, and will reopen on Monday, April 25. The borough tax collector's office also will be closed on Good Friday. Her regular hours are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.