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Venture Group thanks council for Trailhead Project support

Published November 16. 2011 05:01PM

Jason Breidinger was the first speaker at the Slatington Council Meeting on Monday night. He opened by saying there were a number of visitors in attendance who are members of the Venture Group. "They are here tonight to thank the Council for its support of the Trailhead Project," Breidinger said. Each member stood up, gave his name and the name of the organization they represent.

The Venture Group is an umbrella organization that includes many area supporting groups and has eight charter members. The Group has been instrumental in raising money to fund the restroom and the soon to be complete pavilion at the Trailhead.

Pete Papay, who along with Breidinger founded the Venture Group, asked the Council if they had any questions, because both buildings will be turned over to the borough. At that time, the borough will be responsible for the maintenance.

Councilwoman Kris Burek asked if the Venture Group would be charging fees for use of the buildings, and if so, would the fees also be turned over to the Borough to help pay for the maintenance. Papay responded saying the fees would be used to cover expenses incurred by the Venture Group and added, "What's leftover will be turned over to the borough for upkeep."

Lou Yurasits, a Slatington resident, approached the Council asking what has been done to bring the water rates down and if they plan to charge the people who are renting in the borough the same rate. Yurasits was referring to the minimum 8,000 gallon water rate charged to Slatington home owners even if they use less than that amount of water. Landlords are charged only for the water their tenants actually use.

Hallman and Stevens explained that homeowners are not paying for 8,000 gallons of water; they are paying for the water service to their homes.

The Lions Club made their annual request to start setting up for Christmas tree sales on November 23 at the Trailhead. The request was granted for this year and for twenty-five following years.

Other business included discussion about the West End playground, which has been the site of recent crime. Councilman Dan Stevens is looking into a "Rewards," program to deter crime in the entire Slatington area. The crime watch is also looking at setting up a tip line and they are trying to tie the two programs together. The West End playground is leased to the borough for 25 years by the Papay Estate, with one caveat - the playground must remain a playground.

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