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Seat open on Palmerton council

Published April 27. 2012 05:01PM

A seat on Palmerton Borough Council is up for grabs after an incumbent vacated his post.

On a 5-0 vote, council agreed to accept the resignation of Councilman Randolph Gursky. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent at the time of the vote.

Council Vice President Chris Olivia said Gursky resigned because he bought a business and moved to Florida.

Olivia said Gursky was a "wonderful council guy."

Council President Terry Costenbader added "we're going to miss him."

Costenbader then suggested council should send Gursky, who served on council since 2004, a thank-you letter for his years of service.

After he lost out on his bid for re-election in Nov. of 2009, Gursky was appointed in Dec. of 2009 to fill a seat that became vacant when former Councilman Brad Doll resigned after he was elected mayor.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said residents who would like to fill the post should send their letter of interest to the borough by May 18.

Whomever is chosen to fill the post will serve the remainder of Gursky's term, which expires Dec. of 2013.

Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at which time it could appoint a new member.

Also on Thursday, council agreed to designate $90,529 in 2012 Community Development Block Grant funding to be spent on a water line replacement project.

That action came after council held the second in a series of CDBG hearings conducted by Judy Borger, Carbon County Director of Planning and Development.

Borger said the borough will receive $74,234 to be used toward the project, while the other $16,295 will go toward administrative costs. The deadline to submit the application to the state is May 25, she said.

Danielson said the project is expected to get under way by late summer.

"That's the hope," he said. "To do the project, to get the best money, we'd like to do the whole project at once."

The borough plans to spend its allotment of CDBG funds on water/ sewer improvements and paving in the 200-400 blocks of Lehigh Avenue.

The project would install a new larger main with services to each house that would replace the shared service line.

Last summer, the borough chose to postpone the project due to what Danielson referred to at the time as "complexities in the design." Initially, the project was to have begun this past fall.

Danielson previously said the borough designated its CDBG funds in 2009 to pave the 200-400 blocks of Lehigh. Since then, he said the borough received another $31,000 that was set aside to make the areas handicapped accessible.

In other business, council:

• Adopted a resolution for the Police Pension Fund.

• Approved a Route 248 speed enforcement agreement.

• Hired Kyle Behler, Devon Frey and Jourdan Reinhart as summer employees at a rate of $7.25 an hour.

• Approved a request by the American Legion Post 269 to hold a veteran's parade on Monday, May 28. Council also approved a request for fire police to assist with the parade.

• Denied a handicapped parking request for Dorothy Shupp at 457 Lafayette Avenue.

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