Concerns voiced about coin toss
Could fundraising coin tosses along its main thoroughfare be coming to an end in Palmerton?
Several members of borough council expressed concerns about the practice Thursday.
Council President Terry Costenbader said he believes the instances where people stand along Delaware Avenue to collect money has gotten out of hand.
"It's becoming annoying to some citizens, and it's becoming dangerous as well," Costenbader said. "It's becoming almost a weekly thing here."
Councilman Kris Hoffner said the fire company has been conducting coin tosses for years, and would be hesitant to tell them they should discontinue the practice because they provide a service to the community.
However, borough Manager Rodger Danielson told council the borough has no direct jurisdiction over the matter because Delaware Avenue is a state Department of Transportation highway.
Councilwoman Holley Sell added, "I think it's a huge safety issue."
"There's lots of kids out there, and kids and kids," Sell said. "I support all our community organizations, but I think there's better ways to make money."
Sell continued, "We need to get people off the streets. We also have to look out for our businesses."
"Delaware Avenue has become beautiful," she said. "I don't want that to be deterred because someone wants to make money."
Councilman Jeremy Barbosa said he understood Sell's sentiment, but said it would have a negative impact on the fire company.
"But that's going to hurt the fire company, and that's a huge thing for them," Barbosa said.
Costenbader added, "It's getting to be a bit ridiculous."
Several council members said they believe the practice should be discontinued.
At that, Mayor Chris Olivia said he could have the police intervene until the borough gets an answer.
Danielson acknowledged, "It's a safety issue."
Council will turn the matter over to the borough's public safety committee for review.
In other matters, Olivia praised the borough for the dedication of the borough's new fire station held last weekend.
Olivia said he was "proud of" the dedication, as well as all those who made it such an impressive experience.
"It was all very professional, and very special to be a part of," he said.
In other business,council, on a 6-0 vote, with Councilman Jason Behler absent:
• Appointed Jared Recker, Preston Smith, Randy Williams, and Kimberly Kearns-Shoop as volunteer firefighter members to the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company.
• Adopted an ordinance on tax collector fees, which adds the fee for a duplicate tax bill issued by the tax collector for the borough will be $5 per each person requesting a duplicate tax bill.
If a person requests a duplicate bill for borough, county, and school, the fee would be $5 each, for a maximum fee of $15.
The fee for returned checks issued to the borough tax collector will be $20.
• Approved, on a 5-0 vote, with an abstention from Costenbader, a use request for the Pacemakers Association to hold the Palmerton Car Show on June 20, 2015, in the borough park.