Denver council springing into summer

By on April 13, 2016


The cool, spring weather can’t deter people’s enthusiasm for the Memorial Day holiday that’s only six weeks away.

Denver council members took another step to ensure a smooth Denver Pool season with approval of a bid from J.L Honberger’s, Manheim, for a Duramax Duo Jr. with cart pool vacuum. The $3,839 price tag includes freight and $150 trade-in value for the old vacuum.

Review file photo The Denver Pool.

Review file photo
The Denver Pool.

The old vacuum broke at the end of last season after being refurbished in prior years. The new vacuum is automatic and will be used daily after the pool closes to the public.

Some lucky students who read over the summer at the Adamstown Area Library could get a free swim in the Denver Pool if they win one of five individual day pool passes Council approved donating the passes as part of the library’s summer reading incentive program.

Council members are working with the Ephrata Recreation Center draft agreement for daily pool management as they’ve done for the last several seasons. Services provided outside of the hours in the agreement include a lifeguard at all home swim meets. Swim team practices will also have a lifeguard with costs billed to the swim team. Council will take action to approve the contract after the Rec Center submits a signed agreement copy and certificates of insurance.

A pool snack bar management contract with Patricia McCafferty, who also ran the snack bar the last two years, will be voted on when McCafferty returns the signed agreement and certificates of insurance. The borough proposes to pay McCafferty $35 per day for each day the snack bar is open.

The on-going, two-year dialogue between the borough and PPL to buy back streetlights continues. Last week a letter was mailed to PPL which specifies what items the borough does and does not want to purchase.

“It’s early to anticipate a response,” said Councilman Todd Stewart. “Their response will help us to determine our final cost.”

Borough Manager Mike Hession said that he had a more positive conversation with PPL this week. The borough projects annual savings up to $50,000 with the street light privatization.

In other business:

* Council authorized moving forward with the “Access for All” Redevelopment Project Grant application. The borough is applying for a $55,191 grant for ADA improvements at Denver Memorial Park and Playground. The grant requires a cash match for the same amount. At a recent meeting held with representatives from the Denver Park Association, Denver Lions Club, and Denver Fair Committee, each organization pledged a $5,000 contribution. The borough will approach the Denver Rotary Club, Cocalico Baseball Organization, and Cocalico Midget Football Association for contributions if the grant is awarded.

* John Weaver, Denver Volunteer Fire Company vice president, explained the well-used, 2008 Ford Expedition vehicle purchased for $17,500 for use as a duty vehicle by the fire company. No money received from the borough, business, or resident donations was used for the purchase. Unexpected donations which were earmarked for a duty vehicle made this purchase possible.

Weaver said that the company looked for three years for this type of vehicle and this one is a great deal. It is from New York, has a full, warning light package and needs very little work other than changing colors and installing a radio. It’s used by the person in charge and is the first response vehicle to assess the scene.

The vehicle will carry documents, such as those needed for hazmat situations. Also onboard is an AED, and Denver had about seven calls last year where use of the AED saved the person’s life.

Officers rotate coverage for an entire weekend. The vehicle will go home with the weekend officer. Other vehicle uses include transporting firefighters to trainings, as a command vehicle and a more economical way to move extra hose and supplies than a firetruck.

Council recessed into executive session to discuss personnel issues, including the new collective bargaining agreement proposals.


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