Changes for Adamstown
Manager steps down Time capsule project gets OK Council approves overdue bill fee
Adamstown Borough Council gave the green light to a number of motions last Tuesday having to do with a variety of issues some new, some old and one having to do with the future. The board discussed details surrounding a decision made at a special meeting March 29 by the council to accept the resignation of borough office manager Carolyn Friesema, effective April 15. Friesema will take the position of township manager in neighboring West Cocalico Township, replacing Norma Enck, who recently retired. For the past three years, Friesema has handled the accounting and administrative duties in Adamstown. Friesema said she will miss Adamstown, but saw the opening in West Cocalico as an opportunity to take a step up. Council president Dean Johnson said the borough has no plans to hire anyone anytime soon, so they approved a motion to have the borough s auditing firm, Reinsel & Company, handle accounting responsibilities. In an executive session after the April 5 meeting, council members discussed whether or not Friesema s position is one that can be scaled back to a part-time operation or remain a full-time job. Another topic of the evening was the approval of a plea made by Cocalico High School student Evan Hinkley. Hinkley appeared before the board to ask permission to make a few improvements to the entrance of the Grove as part of a Boy Scout project. He hopes to earn Eagle Scout rank by making some cosmetic changes to the area. In addition to the landscaping and cleaning Hinkley and his fellow Scouts will do, he will also being burying a time capsule at the location, which will coincide with Adamstown Days later this spring. Thanks to the help of local businesses, the project with be paid for by Hinkley and with funds from the borough s 250th Anniversary Fund. Also up for approval Tuesday was the borough s contribution to the Lancaster County Drug Task Force. Finance board chairman Cindy Schweitzer said the task force requested a $1-per-capita donation, which would total $1,772. Schweitzer said those numbers are up based on recently released 2010 U.S. Census figures. She suggested the board give $572 because that is what had been budgeted for the cause. Johnson asked East Cocalico Township Police Chief George Beever, who was in attendance, wether the borough would still receive services if council reduced its contribution. In a perfect world, if a municipality doesn’t contribute they would still get the same amount of attention from the task force, Beever said. We have a very good relationship with our task force and I believe this is a worthwhile unit.
The board voted unanimously to make a donation of $572 to the task force $1,200 less than what the task force had asked for. In other business, council members will crack down on customers with long-overdue water and sewer bills with the approval of an ordinance that will begin charging interest to customers with delinquent accounts. The new ordinance will penalize customers who fail to pay their bill within 30 days. A penalty of 10 percent will be added to their bill. An interest rate of 1 1/2 percent will also be tacked on to the total amount for each month that passes without payment. This is an annual percentage rate of 18 percent. The motion passed, however Ed Zander voted against. Randy Good was not in attendance due to the death of his father. In another issue regarding delinquent payments, Friesema updated the board on the process of collecting unpaid invoices from Terence Douglas Corporation the developer of Stoudtburg Village. Friesema told members that solicitor Josele Cleary has sent a second letter to the business informing them they must pay for engineering fees incurred by the borough regarding Stoudtburg. The invoices total $4,716, and many date as far back as 2008, Friesema said. The borough had received a check from the corporation for the amount due, but with several conditions attached and a notation stating that the borough s cashing of the check would be an agreement to the conditions. The borough has refused to cash the check and continues to wait for payment.