Block grant changes affect Tamaqua plans
This section of Spruce Street in Tamaqua, from Center (RT 309) to South Railroad, will become one way only when the Wabash Tunnel Reconstrucion Project begins next year. Traffic will be east bound only, toward Center, with two lanes, one for left turns only, the other for straight through and right turn traffic. KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS
Changes to the Community Development Block Grant program are affecting the plans Tamaqua Borough had for the money.
According to Director of Community Development Mary Linkevich, the borough will have to redirect money from the 2014 and 2015 grants that it had planned to use to repair a wall along Lincoln Street and use it for paving projects in the North Ward instead.
Linkevich said the area where the project was planned did not even "come close" to meeting the low to moderate income requirements necessary for the use of these types of funds.
"Fifty-one percent of the people in a service area must be low-mod incomes," she said. "It's going to be harder to use this money in the future."
The borough will be holding a public hearing for the 2017 CDBG application before its June 20 meeting.
Council approved an ordinance for the Board of Health for advertisement.
There is no current ordinance outlining the requirements for the Board of Health, so borough solicitor Michael Greek drafted one.
Council discussed proposed changes to downtown traffic patterns for the upcoming Wabash Creek Bridge Project. The project will require a detour that will turn part of Spruce Street into a one-way street and prevent access to the South Ward from traffic traveling north on 309.
This traffic will need to continue through to the Five Points intersection and will then need to turn left onto West Broad Street.There is not currently a left-turn arrow for the light at that intersection, which could lead to additional traffic headaches.
The matter, as well as the rest of the detour route, has been referred to the parking and traffic committee.
Due to the acceptance of the summer internship program, assistant pool manager Matt Stanek submitted his resignation for the upcoming season. Council appointed Emily Bumbulsky as the new assistant pool manager, and Nathan Steigerwalt as senior lifeguard.
Additionally, Casey Akins, Gabrielle Markiewicz, Victoria Markiewicz, John Ritzko, Kaitlyn Shlanta, Sierra Szabo and Megan Toth were hired as lifeguards.
This will complete the staffing of the Bungalow pool for the summer. Tyler Hollenbach was also hired for part-time general maintenance work.
Council approved the purchase of 25 new parking meters, due to a 25 percent discount that the vendor is currently offering. These will replace 19 meters along Pine Street, and six meters along Center Street.
Council held an executive session to discuss real estate matters and litigation.