Council considers sharing meeting room Holiday ’60s ornaments available

By on March 28, 2012

By: KIMBERLY MARSELAS Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Christmas in March: Denver Borough is looking to sell 18 antique holiday ornaments retrieved after more than a decade in storage. (Photo by Kimberly Marselas)

If Denver Borough opens its municipal meeting room to the public, it likely will be only to sanctioned non-profit and government-related organizations.

During a meeting Monday night, council members discussed the creation of an official policy governing use of its chambers, which were expanded following a major renovation of borough hall two years ago. Last month, council narrowly denied a request by two state Republican candidates to hold a meet-and-greet event in the meeting space because the borough had no guidelines on such requests.

This week, council members gave borough manager Mike Hession their input on a prospective policy. Member Michael Gensemer said he "opposed opening a window that doesn’t need to be opened" by allowing any group to use or rent the meeting room. But council members were open to the idea of allowing groups with ties to Denver — including sports and philanthropic organizations — to use the space when it was vacant.

President Walter Fink reminded council that one of the reasons for expanding the council’s chamber space was so that it could be used by public organizations during off-hours. Hession said he would draft a policy that council could vote on as early as next month.

In other news, council approved an offer from Kerry Kegerise, owner of Country Lane Flowers, to repair, paint and landscape around a "Welcome to Denver" sign on Main Street. Kegerise will paint the frame burgundy and replace outdated signs for local organizations before planting and maintaining seasonal shrubs and flowers.

"It’s at no cost to the borough," said Hession, noting that the revitalization could lead to similar efforts at similar signs throughout the borough.

Also on Monday:

? Hession and George Whetsel, director of public works, asked council how to part with 18, 1960s-era Christmas decorations. The five-foot wide ornaments were attached to light poles on Main Street until 2000 and were recently removed from storage. Hession said five were in good condition, though many have faded and are brittle and stained from years of disuse.

The decorations feature a tinsel wreath around orange or white Christmas bulbs that are illuminated in the center. Fink said the borough bought the pieces from Ephrata Borough but stopped using them when lampposts along Main Street were replaced. Council members suggested selling the ornaments by donation so that they no longer need to be stored.

? Council voted to keep daily and seasonal rates for the Denver Pool at the 2011 level. The rates have not increased since 2008. Last year, the borough sold 263 passes, 161 of them to families.

? Members voted to spend $9,614 on a new tube slide for the pool. The money was allocated as part of the recreation board’s annual fund.

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