Denver Council helps fire police meet regulations

By on May 8, 2013


ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

Eleven hard hat helmets with adjustable headbands required for the fire police were approved for purchase at Denver Council’s April 29 meeting. Price of the helmets are $52 per helmet. They will be purchased from Hess Embroidery and Uniforms in West Reading.

The borough budgets $500 per year for fire police to purchase or replace uniforms, radios, badges and other gear. Total cost for the helmets is $572, with the borough funding all of the cost.

Illegal dumping during the last month at the Denver Borough lot brush pile resulted in extra time and effort expended for clean up by borough employees. Illegal items dumped included a bedroom dresser, empty propane tank, computer monitor and railroad ties.

"Residents should call the police," Council President, Walter Fink, said, "if they see any suspicious or illegal activity around the borough lot."

Persons caught violating the rules of the lot can be fined up to $600 plus the cost of prosecution for each offense.

Adamstown Area Library’s Director, Kathy Thren, gave a first quarter update for 2013.

"Denver wins the prize," Thren said, "for the biggest percentage increase in library materials borrowed (up 27 percent from last year) and library program attendance (up 30 percent from 2012)."

On May 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a job workshop. It will include help with resume writing, interviewing and using the site for jobs.

Hession updated council on the Boy Scout cabin in Denver Park, damaged beyond repair in the September 2011 flood. The FEMA funds of $37,000 must be used by Sept. 12, 2013. This date includes a six-month extension granted by FEMA. Estimates to build another cabin are cost prohibitive.

The Boy Scouts have not presented any formal plans for fundraising or cabin replacement to the council since the flood. There are approximately five Boy Scouts in the borough. Scouting numbers do rise and fall over the years. There is interest, if financially feasible, to provide the Scouts with a new, dedicated meeting place. To that end, 31 people, representing residents and various community organizations met on May 1. Included was Denver native and Scout supporter, Brian Shober.

"I would have liked to see a building near where the other one was," said Shober.

"I’m just listening and still supporting the project."

Participants formed a committee with representatives from council, the rec. board, park association, Denver Fair, Lions Club, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, K.B. Gymnastics, midget football, and the public. They will work with a builder to design a concept plan for an addition to the present recreation building. It would include a room and storage space for the Scouts. Minimum room size would be 40-feet by 50-feet.

The FEMA money could go toward material costs, if the project moves forward in a timely way. Money is also needed to raze the damaged cabin and restore the site.

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