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Lehighton to consider new 'tent' regulations

Published February 29. 2012 05:01PM

Lehighton's Chief of Police Neal Ebbert suggested to borough council this week that the borough ordinance be updated to address tents and other temporary structures.

He said currently there is very little in the ordinance pertaining to the tents from which flowers and fireworks are sold.

The tents are generally put up along highways for several weeks around holiday seasons.

He said the only rules regarding these tents are the same ones that pertain to street vendors who walk along parade routes peddling balloons and cotton candy.

While no formal action was taken on the matter, the council said it will look into it.

In other matters:

• Jim Martino of the Carbon County Office of Planning and Development informed the council that $93,000 is allocated to the borough for the 2012 Community Development Block Grant program. He said that of this total, $16,740 is for administrative expenses and $76,260 will be allotted to the project.

He said a hearing will be held in April or May to further determine how the funds will be utilized.

• The council approved the use of the Community Center and Baer Memorial Park for the Carbon County Senior Games from April 30 to May 9.

• Lehighton's Downtown Improvement Committee indicates it wants to conduct a bench-painting contest in the upper and lower parks.

Todd Zimmerman, president of the LDIC, said LDIC would offer prizes to the top three designs which would be announced at the group's fall festival. The fall festival will include a downtown art show.

Coordinator for the art show will be Maritza Mendez-Reinbold, a local artist.

One councilman, John Bird, expressed concern about the contest, stating he would not like seeing American flags painted in an inappropriate manner on the benches.

Borough manager Nicole Tessitore said she will be attending a meeting of the LDIC on Thursday and will get more information.

• Utility Engineers of Drums was reappointed as the borough's electrical engineer for 2012.

• The council adopted a resolution regarding work being done by PennDOT at the intersection of Route 902 and 443 (the Ninth Street Bridge). The work requires a utility pole to be moved and the borough wants PennDOT to share the cost of this.

• Ebbert said the police department, in a move to save the borough money, will begin having routine maintenance of its cruisers done at the borough garage instead of at a commercial garage.

• The council approved an agreement with Carbon County for the local Share Grant administration for Narrow Band Communications Conversion. The county has received a grant to assist municipalities with the conversion, which requires the purchase of new radio equipment for police and fire departments.

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