Odds and ends of business focus of Denver meeting

By on June 29, 2016

With no citizen concerns, Councilmen John Palm and Jason South absent, Councilman Mike Gensemer attending by remote connection, and no new topics on the agenda, council’s Monday, July 27 meeting proceeded expediently and adjourned into executive session to discuss new collective bargaining agreement proposals.

Council authorized President Blake Daub and Mayor Rodney Redcay to execute the Municipal Recycling Program Grant Agreement between the Department of Environmental Protection and Denver Borough.

“My hat is off to you, Mike Hession, for helping us to acquire that grant to keep Denver looking good.” said Daub. Hession is the Denver Borough manager.

The borough was awarded $33,930 to purchase a new vacuum leaf collector and a leaf box container to continue providing borough-wide leaf collection for residents and businesses.

Denver officials continue to work within their legal means to bring property maintenance issues into compliance. Three residents had citations issued through the local majesterial district justice’s office. One citation cited debris, trash, and rubbish. Two of the three residents had weeds added to their lists. One resident also had unlicensed/uninspected/unregistered vehicles on his property.

Council discussed agenda items for the quarterly Cocalico Regional Leaders meeting scheduled for July 26 at 7 p.m. in the Denver municipal building, 501 Main St.

When asked previously about preferences for the frequency of leaders meetings, Adamstown and East Cocalico officials indicated their preference to continue the quarterly meetings. Denver and West Cocalico officials said that meeting twice a year might be sufficient. Council agreed that the frequency and scheduling of Cocalico Regional Leaders meetings should be placed on the agenda for discussion at the upcoming meeting.

Council Vice President Chris Flory suggested there might be topics of mutual interest, such as new regulations and compliance issues that could benefit everyone at a regional meeting.

New federal stormwater management regulations mandate educational programming and one presentation could be given at the meeting for all Cocalico area leaders.

In other business:

* Corporal Terry Arment, Officer-in-Charge of East Cocalico Police, reported 14 criminal cases in Denver for the month of May, with 11 of the cases cleared. Officer Michael Firestone received a commendation for saving two people from their house fire on North Second Street.

* Councilman Todd Stewart reported contacting the Denver Volunteer Fire Company regarding scheduling a joint meeting with them. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss issues facing the Volunteer Fire Company and any other concerns relative to the ongoing relationship between the borough and the fire company.

Council members believed October would be a good time to have such a meeting. When scheduled, the meeting will be advertised to the public. By law whenever a quorum of council members is present, legally the meeting must be advertised.

* Councilman Matt Stover reported that Brian Shober indicated interest in scheduling a presentation and walk-through for the new Shober Family Scout Cabin in September.

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