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Hydroelectric project, parking meters to be topics at Friday meeting

Published March 07. 2013 05:02PM

A special meeting of Lehighton Borough Council will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday for discussion on a proposed hydroelectric project and the formation of a hydroelectric authority.

Brenda Koons, borough secretary, said the borough will also host an Economic Development and Business Summit meeting at that time to discuss other matters.

One of the topics likely to come up is a proposal to remove parking meters in the downtown area.

George Kogut, a member of the council, said he plans to have a written plan for removal of the meters at the council's next meeting, on March 25, in the Lehighton Municipal Building.

Friday morning's meeting is in the municipal building and is open to the general public.

Kogut said he is hoping to receive input from downtown business owners on the proposed meter removal.

Another part of the removal process would be to create additional parking for shoppers in Lehighton's downtown.

Such parking could potentially be made available in the parking lot behind Alfie's Pizza as well as along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (Route 209 bypass).

Kogut has had several Economic Development and Business Summit meetings and downtown parking has been one of the most discussed topics.

Regarding the hydroelectric project, the borough has been discussing such a concept for decades looking at the connection of Pohopoco Creek with Beltzville Lake in Franklin Township as the location.

The borough has been working with a firm interested in developing the project, and one of the things which probably will need to be done is the establishment of an authority to operate it.

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