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Chamber members, officials discuss issues in Palmerton

Published November 16. 2012 05:02PM

Regardless of past successes, there's always room for improvement.

Never content to rest on its laurels, Palmerton Chamber of Commerce members met earlier this week to discuss issues that affect the Palmerton Area, and how best to serve the needs of the business community and its residents.

Peter Kern, chamber president, welcomed several distinguished guests, which included borough Councilman Richard Nothstein, council President Terry Costenbader, and Mayor Chris Olivia, as part of the informal discussion.

Olivia spoke of some of his responsibilities as mayor.

"My main job is the police department," Olivia said. "I work mainly with [borough police Chief] Mr. Randy Smith."

In addition, Olivia said his role is about "mandating some things on council."

He noted his first decision was to cancel Trick-or-Treat night, which was originally scheduled to be held on Oct. 31, Halloween. Due to Sandy, the event was canceled, and rescheduled to the following week.

Kern said his belief is that there are way too many signs posted throughout the downtown that are "not very welcoming" to visitors.

"It detracts from the Downtown," Kern said. "I think if you have fewer of them, you might have more people pay attention."

On a side note, Kern thanked Nothstein for his role in the dedication of the Palmerton Veterans Memorial, which was held on Veterans Day in the borough park.

"I think I speak for everyone in the Chamber and community when I say everyone is fully aware of your role in the creation of that wonderful monument," he said. "Certainly everyone knows you were a major factor."

For his part, Nothstein attempted to shift the focus of attention on all those who helped support it.

"I certainly got a lot more out of it than I put into it," Nothstein said. "I'm proud of Palmerton, what our veterans have done."

Nothstein added that over time, he would perhaps like to see some shrubs added to the memorial.

"I've always said if there's a cause in Palmerton, the people will [support it]," he said. "It will come to pass."

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