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Palmerton youth group to use borough hall gym for practice

Published October 28. 2011 05:02PM

A Palmerton youth organization has been given the green light to once again utilize the borough hall gymnasium as a practice facility.

Kyle Kratzer, a member of the Palmerton Youth Basketball Association, told borough council on Thursday the organization had previously met with the borough recreation committee.

Kratzer said the PYBA has agreed it would help to pay for cameras to be installed in the gymnasium, but needed to know if it had the borough's permission to utilize the space.

He said matters such as schedules, rosters and gym times had to be ironed out with kids in the PYBA.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said he believes the PYBA and the borough can work together.

"I've had discussions with Kyle, and they said they would be willing to help," Danielson said. "I think it's a good step on their part; I think we can work with them."

Danielson said the installation of cameras would be a step in the right direction.

"It will give some sort of concrete evidence; I think it makes it easier for you guys to police it yourself," he said. "It [the camera] would be motion sensitive."

Councilman Jeremy Barbosa said he was all for the idea.

"I think a camera would be beneficial to us as well because hikers use the showers," Barbosa said. "That way, we could see if they're anything wrong."

Council President Terry Costenbader told Kratzer "we'll do our part, if you do yours."

In February, several handfuls of members of the PYBA met with council to seek permission for use of the gym for basketball practice.

The matter in question at that time involved a coach who left several children unsupervised, the PYBA said.

Costenbader previously said there had been "a number of infractions" over the years.

Also on Thursday, council heard from a resident who said he's concerned with the manner in which the borough deals with biosolids.

Resident Scott Siegfried told council he had a "serious concern about our [the borough's] solid waste."

"I see a lot of things going into our waste stream that should not be going there," Siegfried said. "Tires are another issue; I drive around this county and see tires all along the road because these communities do not allow people to do the right thing."

Siegfried said it wasn't his intention to cause a stir.

"I understand what some of the issues are," he said. "The last thing I want to do is raise taxes, and see a 50-percent increase in the solid waste bill."

Costenbader told Siegfried he should pursue his concern with the borough's Sewer and Solid Waste Committee.

"I think you have a really good idea," Costenbader said. "You need to get with the sewer and solid waste committee and brainstorm with the committee."

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