Tamaqua's Halloween parade Oct. 25
Tamaqua's annual Halloween parade will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 7 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 26th.
Mayor Christian Morrison announced that Trick or Treat night will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m.
In other news at last night's council meeting, the borough approved a bid from North East Industrial Services of Shamokin for the demolition of a property at 525 N. Railroad St.. It also approved a bid from Performance Construction Services of Harrisburg in the amount of $2,453,140 for the rehabilitation of the Upper Owl Creek Dam.
Kevin Steigerwalt, borough manager, noted that the bid was "well below" the estimated $3 million that the borough's engineers had suggested. Micah Gursky, council president, added that the lower dam project still needs to be bid out.
The borough is responsible for 20 percent of the total price of the rehabilitation of the dams. The rest is being funded by a state grant.
Borough treasurer Georgia Depos DeWire reviewed the borough's annual minimal municipal obligations which total $282,672 for both uniformed and non-uniformed pensions, if no state aid is received. Depos DeWire said that she does not yet know what the state aid is going to be.
The borough approved one handicap space for 325 W. Rowe St. and denied another request for one at 529 E. Arlington St. Dan Evans, chairman of the parking and traffic committee, said that there are already two spaces in that block of Arlington St.
Gursky added that the borough's handicap parking space policy has changed and now the spaces do "belong" to the people who have paid for the permit. In the past, anyone with an approved handicap placard could park in the space.
Resident Dan Poncavage raised concerns about the construction that is being completed by PennDOT in the borough, including the installation of handicap ramps at intersections. According to Poncavage, the ramps, particularly those in the vicinity of the M&T bank parking lot, are not built to specifications.
Several council members and Steigerwalt agreed with Poncavage.
"We want it built correct and we will not sign off on it," said Steigerwalt.
"We can provide input," said councilman David Mace, "but it's not our project. We're trying to address the issue that we're seeing."
Councilman Brian Connelly advised that members of council had met with MEM, regarding the street light project in the borough.
"We emphatically told them that we need to see results within 45 days," he said. "They agreed to that. They told us that they have PPL on board with the plan and they are progressing."
Connelly also recommended the approval of a $2,500 bill from MEM related to work that they did on the upgrades to the sewer plant as the borough cannot receive their grant money for the work until the obligations are settled.
Council also approved repairs to two of the police vehicles due to damage done during the hail storm in May. Five police vehicles were damaged. Council voted to repair the two newer vehicles, including an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria and the Ford Explorer.