Denver hears progress on National Night Out

By on July 2, 2019

East Cocalico Police Chief Darrick Keppley reported to Denver Council at their June 24 meeting that local business donations for National Night Out at Reamstown Park now total just over $4,000.
Residents should save the date of Tuesday, Aug. 6, starting at 6 p.m. to attend this well established, free family event.

The Reamstown Park event features fire trucks, an ambulance, and for those not afraid of heights, a ride high in the sky in Reamstown’s fire truck bucket. There are games and prizes for children, sweet treats, plus hot dogs and other delicious food, all free of charge.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support the community businesses provide for this well attended event,” said Keppley.

It is held rain or shine. This is an opportunity to chat with police officers, volunteer firefighters, and other emergency responders. The time also allows them to get to know more people in the community that they serve at any hour, day or night.

Keppley reported that Cocalico’s School Resource Officer, Eric Fisher, attended graduation for Cocalico High School. The successful event encountered no issues.

Police calls for the month of May totaled 156 calls in Denver. This is 20 percent of the total calls in May for East Cocalico Police, who cover both East Cocalico Township and Denver Borough.

In other business, council:

• Authorized Jan’s Circle of Friends to sponsor Jan’s Daisy Dash 5K Run/Walk in the borough on Saturday, October 26, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m.

• Borough Manager, Mike Hession, included a spread sheet summary of pool membership comparisons from 2007 through 2019 in his report. Denver pool opened on a daily basis June 1 and will remain open through August 19. Pool memberships totaled 251 at the close of the day on June 20. In 2018, the borough sold 242 memberships and in 2017 there were 201 memberships sold for the season.

• Authorized execution of the 2019-2020 Winter Traffic Services Agreement between the Borough of Denver and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This is for winter road services provided by Denver for state roads in the borough. Projected reimbursement for 2019-2020 is $6,859.66.

• George Whetsel, director of Public Works, reported a new fire hydrant was installed on Evergreen Street. The former hydrant was struck by a car.

• Hession announced that the kick-off meeting with officials from PennDOT to discuss the Weaver Road bridge project is Thursday, July 18 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the borough hall.
Alice Hummer is a correspondent for The Ephrata Review.

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