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Memorial Hall discussed by Jim Thorpe Council

Published September 19. 2013 05:00PM

Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall was discussed during a meeting of the Jim Thorpe Borough Council.

During the public comment period, some issues and concerns were mentioned by residents.

There were concerns over the cost of Memorial Hall to the borough.

Council member John McGuire stated that there is still $400,000 owed for Memorial Hall and the borough is responsible for it.

Some residents suggested selling the building or renting it out.

"We can't sell the building. We don't own the land. We own the building," stated councilmember Kyle Sheckler.

Council member Joanne Klitsch and McGuire discussed issues with renting the building. Some concerns mentioned included the infrastructure.

Klitsch stated that if they shut the doors, the borough would still have that payment.

She also stated that Memorial Hall has been a topic of discussion with council and council has been looking in ways to get business into the hall.

On a related note, the council approved a contract with James McHugh to run the Memorial Park Hall. This is a contracted position not a borough employee position. Council members McGuire and Klitsch want to evaluate this every month.

The council also agreed to borrow $30,000 from the Sanitation account for Memorial Hall.

McGuire was appointed interim President for the meeting. Council President Betsy Ahner and Vice President Gregory Strubinger were absent.

The council accepted the letter of resignation from council member, Jay Miller.

McGuire wished to thank Miller for his time serving on council.

There was a second hearing regarding the Community Development Block Grant.

Jimmy Martino, of the Carbon County Planning and Development Office, stated that the current anticipated amount for Jim Thorpe Borough for the year 2013 is $70,946 in project cost and $15,573 in administration costs.

The projects considered are: Water/Sewer improvements (North Street water line and Penn Vest loan repay) in the amount of $60,000 and Public Facilities (Memorial Hall replace doors and windows) in the amount of $10,946.

The following motions were approved:

• The minimal Municipal Obligation for the pensions plans for 2014 for the police in the amount of $112,588 and for the non-uniform in the amount of $78,480.

• The resolution authorizing the president and vice president to sign the utility agreement for the borough with PennDOT and the borough secretary to attest.

• To block off the alley behind 342 South Ave. on Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an estate sale.

• Kennedy Tree Service to remove two dead trees from 11th and School Street in the amount of $800.

• The medical, Prescription, HRA Privacy Policy for the health insurance coverage with Benecon.

• Halloween Trick-or-Treat to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m.

• The resolution authorizing the borough, Germantown Grove Club, Delaware and Lehigh Corridor, and Lehighton Ambulance to apply for the Local Share Account Grant. If only three may be submitted then Lehighton Ambulance will look elsewhere.

In other news, there were also concerns over the streets in Jim Thorpe from different residents concerning numerous different roads in Jim Thorpe.

McGuire talked about having an inventory with the street department and prioritizing the issues.

The Jim Thorpe Borough solicitor, James Nanovic, said that the borough engineer has done an inventory of the roads and prioritized them.

"We are doing what is considered the most in need," said Nanovic.

There were also questions raised by residents regarding the 903 bridge project. Some questions were raised over location, keeping the current bridge after the new bridge is built, and a timeline for the project. Council will look into a timeline of the project.

McGuire stated that the fire departments offer smoke detectors to residents. They can also help install them. He also reminded residents to check the batteries and it's also good to have CO detectors.

The coordinator of the Fall Foliage festival, which is the first three weekends of October, said the committee will work with the police department and have the police services contract on file. He also said that $1,000 will be donated to help with the police services as well as any other donations. There will also be $5,000 from the Hotel Tax to help with police services for this event.

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