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Council pays tree service for assisting with downed trees

Published August 29. 2012 05:02PM

Parryville Council voted on Tuesday night to pay Dave's Tree Service $ 6,600 for the company's assistance with clearing the town of fallen trees following the violent storm last month."

"They did a fantastic job," said Mike Grant, council president. "We couldn't have done it without them."

Parryville residents suffered fallen trees, downed wires and structure damage due to the storm.

Parryville firefighters were also on hand and responded to the emergency, checking door-to-door on elderly residents, delivering water and ice and opening up the fire house to any resident requiring shelter.

Also assisting was Bowmanstown Fire Department.

Dave's Tree Service owner is Dave Strohl , brother of the fire chief, Arthur Strohl. The fire chief contacted his brother to assist cutting up the downed trees.

The storm came through at about 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26. There was an initial gust of wind which caused most of the damage; a wind that lasted less than half a minute.

Late in the day Friday, the day after the storm, most of the town was still without electricity.

Council also discussed an issue with a sewage holding tank. Council noted that the resident of Center Street should be on a monthly schedule to have it pumped out.

Residents in attendance also asked council 's assistance to have something done with a dumpster in the alley behind Main Street that is making it impossible to be outdoors. One woman added that some of the garbage is in bags and a stray cat is chewing through the bags, causing chicken bones to be strewn all around.

Council member Cathy Hawk thanked council and members of the community group who came together to celebrate naming the playground after Carl Wolter. She noted that the event raised $2,000 toward improvements to the playground. Hawk said that she had information that would be useful to have the basketball court lined for play. She is seeking a Boy Scout who is seeking an Eagle project . The borough would provide the materials, including the stencils and paint, so there would be no cost to the Scout.

Grant reported that modified stone was placed on the shoulders of the new road to keep the shoulders from crumbling.

Grant noted that the County Commissioners added $15,000 to the original $63,000 to provide $63,000 to Parryville for the roads.

Council tabled the Richard and Lola Fedor subdivision due to the need for a planning division review.

Geri Bonser, postmistress, commended the fire company and borough for working so hard to clean up the town following last month's storm.

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