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Drop-off of water pressure expected

Published March 23. 2012 05:01PM

Residents who live in Palmerton can expect to experience a drop-off in their water pressure at times next month.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed Borough Council on Thursday that the borough's water department will draw down the potable water tank on Lafayette Extension, which serves as the main reservoir.

Danielson said it will take several days to draw the water tank down, and added that at some point along the way, the borough will have to take the tank out of service because it will have to go in and clean and inspect it.

"During that time, we're going to be shutting off the booster pump, which feeds primarily Residence Park and some other areas of town," Danielson said. "What we hope is it will only be a short period of days, but even other areas of town may experience some lower pressure because we won't have the volume there during heavy use time."

Danielson said the project's timeline would likely be from April 10-22. April 17 is the actual inspection date, he said.

Also on Thursday, council, on a 6-0 vote, rejected the sole bid it received for the sale of the property at 910 Edgemont Avenue. Councilman Randolph Gursky was absent.

Last month, the borough received one bid in the amount of $1,020 from Joe Weiner.

That came after the borough initially attempted to sell the property last August, but received no offers.

Council agreed earlier last month to readvertise the sale of the lot, after it was expressed that there might be a renewed interest in the land.

The property had been abandoned for many years until the borough took over ownership in Nov. of 2011.

In other business, council:

- Announced that the borough hall gymnasium will shut down April 4 for some cleaning and prep work, and to refinish the floor. The gymnasium will reopen April 9.

- Tabled a handicapped parking request at 457 Lafayette Avenue until next month's meeting.

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