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Playground looks for funds to replace roof

No progress has been made on replacing an aging roof at a South Ward Playground pavilion in Tamaqua.

“Does the committee have a report? I didn’t hear anything tonight,” South Ward volunteer Tom Schlorf asked Tamaqua Borough Council members this week.

Councilman Ron Bowman said the borough received two estimates to replace the roof but hadn’t acted on either.

Council had also discussed moving Community Development Block Grant funds to the project but found it is not feasible, Bowman said. Taking funds from the borough’s general fund also isn’t likely.

Schlorf approached council last month with concerns about the deteriorating roof. He told council that the South Ward Playground Association can only put about $2,000 toward repairs. The project would cost about $8,000.

He asked the borough for its help since it owns and insures the pavilion.

“You can’t find $8,000 in your general account?” Schlorf asked. “If you can’t find $8,000 in your general account, we’re in trouble. We’re in big trouble.”

Council’s Recreation and Youth Committee will look into the matter.

“I’m definitely open to anybody’s suggestions of what the right answer is. How can we go about doing this roof?” he said.

Other actions

During the meeting, members also acted on a number of requests made to its Parking and Traffic Committee, including:

• Denied a request to change a “No Parking” sign at 408 E. Broad St. to a 5 minute parking sign.

• Denied handicapped parking space applications for 248 W. Broad St. and 204 W. Cottage Ave.

• Approved handicapped parking space applications for 309 N. Elizabeth St. and 126 Penn St.

• Denied a request to allow monthly meter parking permits to be used on Broad Street between Greenwood and Nescopec streets.

• Denied a request to place a stop sign at the intersection of Columbia Street and Glenwood Avenue.

• Authorize the solicitor to prepare and advertise an ordinance amending the weight limit on Owl Creek Road to 15 tons gross vehicle weight, except local deliveries.

The South Ward Playground Association needs to replace the pavilion roof, but doesn't have enough money without Tamaqua borough help. JILL WHALEN/TIMES NEWS