Tamaqua council hears update on fireworks ordinance, other matters
Tamaqua’s new fireworks ordinance does seem to have had its desired effect. Police Chief Henry Woods informed council that he rode along with the 3-11 shift during the July Fourth holiday and reported that it “was not as bad as it’s been in the past.” Woods said that the department did issue three citations under the ordinance.
In other business, council will offer the property at 241 Lafayette St. for bid again, as no bids were received the first time. The minimum bid for the property is $4,000.
Council approved the purchase of a membership and 2015 code books in the amount of $1,635.20 at the recommendation of code enforcement officer Josh Esposito.
Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt informed council that the upgrades to the bathroom facilities in the borough building are almost complete. Fire hydrant painting will also be going on throughout the town over the next few weeks. Steigerwalt said that milling along Spruce and Lehigh streets, and the travel lanes of Route 209, will begin in August. The paving project should be wrapped up before the start of the school year.
Director of Community Development Ann Marie Calabrese asked community organizations and businesses to forward information about fundraisers and other activities of community interest to her to be shared on social media.
Council hired Jeffrey Hartz as an assistant mechanic and street maintenance worker.
Councilman Tom Cara, who was filling in for President David Mace, asked council to consider placement for another welcome sign at the east entrance to town, along Route 209.
Council heard from Joe Salla, of Owl Creek, who raised multiple concerns about Owl Creek Road and the surrounding neighborhood. Earl Hartranft addressed council about a vacant property in his neighborhood. Council also discussed changes that have been made to the dumpster situation behind La Dolce Casa, where two smaller dumpsters have replaced one large one; however, the area continues to have issues with delivery vehicles and other cars parking and blocking the street.
Council discussed issues with pedestrians crossing the railroad tracks along Spruce Street. The area sees heavy foot traffic, particularly during the school year. Council made a motion to widen the shoulder in the area, pending approval from the railroad company.