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Palmerton extends due dates for utility bills

Water, sewer and trash customers in Palmerton will be given extra time to pay their bills next month, borough council decided Thursday.

At their regularly scheduled meeting, council extended payment due dates for water, sewer and trash invoices from 30 days to 60. The billing change applies to April invoices.

“It’s to help our residents,” said Councilman Michael Ballard. “With these difficult times, we don’t know what’s going to happen from day to day now. At least this will give them a little room.”

In other business:

• A live burn training at 509 and 511 Lehigh Ave. slated to take place on April 25 has been postponed.

The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, which will supervise the training, postponed all its classes through April, including the one in Palmerton. The double home was set to be demolished a few days after the exercise.

Rather than cancel the training, Palmerton council decided to move the demolition date until after the exercise could be rescheduled.

• Following up on a presentation made by Public Financial Management LLC late last month, Palmerton Borough decided to move forward with the refinancing of two loans.

Zach Williard, of Public Financial Management, attended last month’s council meeting, informing borough officials that two loans, a bond totaling $7.3 million and a note of just under $2 million, were eligible for the savings opportunity. Council gave Public Financial Management the green light to look into its options in February.

On Thursday, it decided to refinance.

The lower interest rates could save Palmerton more than $500,000.