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Residents warned about break-ins to unlocked vehicles

Published December 23. 2011 05:01PM

Palmerton residents are urged to keep their vehicles locked amid a rash of car break-ins.

Mayor Brad Doll informed Borough Council on Thursday of the litany of unlocked vehicles that have been broken into recently.

"We're at the 100th level now of cars," Doll said. "They're going from one area of town to another."

Doll noted that the incidents have occurred "mostly at night", and that the thieves have stolen money only, and no other valuables such as radios and the like.

"We have several suspects," he said. "We'll be acting in a proactive way."

Doll cautioned residents to lock their vehicles to avoid being victims.

Upon request by the borough police chief, a brief on the situation ran in last Wednesday's TIMES NEWS.

Also on Thursday, Councilman Jeremy Barbosa asked whether the borough planned to install lights by the crosswalk at the entrance to town.

Barbosa noted that a man almost got hit by a vehicle as he attempted to cross the street at the crosswalk by Pereira's Gulf gas station.

"That poor guy almost got hit," Barbosa said. "A lot of senior citizens have to cross the streets to get to the Delaware Avenue apartments."

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson told Barbosa "the only ones we have are here and in front of First Niagara (Bank)."

In an unrelated matter, Danielson told council that progress continues to be made at the borough's new $10 million wastewater treatment plant.

Danielson urged council members to visit the site to see the work that's been done.

In September, council adopted an ordinance to authorize the issuance of bonds to finance the $10 million treatment plant and related costs. The borough will borrow $10 million through a 30-year loan to pay for the new plant.

For residents, that means a hike in their monthly sewer rate bills, which are expected to rise from $33.50 to $48, or, a $14.50 increase, as of Jan. 1.

Danielson previously said the decision to borrow will result in a $60,000 savings per year over earlier bond estimates, or $1.8 million worth of savings over the life of the 30-year span.

The project got under way in May, and was expected to take 18 months to complete.

Also on Thursday, council:

• Recognized police secretary Sue Tartar for 20 years of employment, as well as police officer Michael Fedor for 10 years of employment.

• Announced borough workers will pick up discarded Christmas trees from residents. Residents can put them at the curbside, and borough workers will collect them.

• Granted permission to Jake Dempsey to hold a Palmerton Veterans' Monument Strongman's Event at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the borough park.

• Tabled a handicapped parking request.

• Announced council will hold its reorganizational meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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