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Weissport streets will soon be plowed by new dump truck

Published January 19. 2011 05:00PM

Weissport Council has one more task to complete before the new dump truck with a plow reaches the borough. On Tuesday night, council President Tim Rehrig said that council has to sign the agreement with the bank and the truck should soon arrive.

Rehrig said that the truck is currently at Tamaqua Truck and Trailer having the body installed. The red 2011 Cheverolet Silverado truck will cost $36,399.23. The truck will be used to keep the borough streets clean in snow storms and for borough maintenance.

Rehrig said that it should arrive next week.

The borough is hoping to receive a $10,000 grant, plus has sold off used equipment ($8,700 for used police car and mower deck) and plans to spend $19,043 in funds from liquid fuels. The borough is looking at paying the remaining balance from the general fund, which will not be due until 2014 and 2015.

The borough will also be saving money by not paying $900 vehicle insurance on the second police car and dump truck, which will go toward the costs for insurance on the new vehicle.

Since the truck is purchased through the Co-Stars program, the borough does not need to put the truck out on bid.

Council formally accepted the resignation of Jenice Frehulfer as tax collector. Frehulfer has moved from the borough and cannot serve as tax collector since she is not a resident, said Rehrig. Council appointed Teresa Troutman as the new tax collector at the last meeting, but Rehrig said they should have waited to appoint Troutman until Frehulfer's resignation was accepted. Troutman will be open the same hours as the previous tax collector. She will also collect sewage and garage bills.

Council also approved the lot line revision at the Deutch property.

The board also voted to retain Spotts, Stevens and McCoy, Inc. to complete the MSD report at an estimated cost of $600. The report is required by the Department of Environmental Protection.

The board also tentatively approved a request from the Weissport Redneck Festival committee to host the Redneck Festival again during the Labor Day weekend. The board approved closing down several streets to hold the events. Final approval will be by Mayor Jonathan Troutman.

The board discussed adopting a resolution "Young Lungs at Play," to prohibit smoking in borough parks.

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