Residents address Denver Council on three issues

By on May 22, 2013


ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

John Weaver spoke up at the May 13 Denver Borough Council meeting about feral and stray cats. (Photo by Alice Hummer)

Concerned citizens spoke out about cats, loud bangs and a council member’s attendance during its May 13 meeting.

"I feel the borough has a serious problem with stray and feral cats," resident and active community leader, John Weaver, who resides on 5th Street, told council on May 13.

"The chair cushions on my deck had to be thrown out because over the winter stray cats found them and defecated in them. The flower pots on the porch had the same problem," said Weaver. "There’s approximately seven stray cats in a one block area of our neighborhood."

"Could the borough say that if you have a cat you need a collar on it with an information tag? Then we could tell if the cat belongs to someone or it was just left go," said Weaver.

"I think it’s a great idea (to license cats)," concurred councilman Mike Gensemer. "We could use the cat license money to hire someone to do something about the strays."

Other council members noted that the stray and feral cat problem is not limited to the north end of town. Weaver agreed because his business, Weaver Industries, is located in the southern end of the borough.

"We’ve been told before by the Humane League that when you remove feral cats from an area, others just move in. So, what do you do?" said Councilman Stephen Binkley .

"That’s true, and we’ve discussed this issue about a year or so ago," said borough manager, Mike Hession. "That’s why we joined the SPCA, so that we’d have a place to go with stray cats."

"If you trap the cat and we take it in to the SPCA there is no charge for neutering. When the cat is returned, at least it will not be reproducing," said Hession about the spay and neuter programs available in the county.

Will be in conversation with Dr. Marianne Fraccia from Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Hospital regarding possible ways to house stray cats until someone can transport to the SPCA," said Hession. "Of course, we could pay to transport, too."

Weaver thanked the council for listening and urged them to discuss "if there is anything that can be done."

"We need to take action to replace Councilman Jim Brewer," said regular attendee, Gary Read, of Tamarack Drive. "He has attended two meetings so far this year. I’m not sure what his situation is. There are still seven more months left to his term."

Hession said that there is nothing in the code which puts a council member off the council, unless a crime or other serious offense is committed. Hession thought Brewer had a work conflict.

"I talked to him (Brewer) a few months ago," said president Walter Fink. "Jim said his work is getting better. We can check with him again and address this issue."

Kim Simmon, of Spruce Street, plus a half dozen friends and neighbors in attendance, spoke about the "loud noise, almost like explosions," and sometimes a foul odor coming from the Direct Wire and Cable Building at 412 Oak Street.

Hession said in the last three weeks the borough has received a growing number of complaints from residents living on the north side of the borough in the vicinity of Locust Street, N. 6th Street, Old Park Village and Denver Heights. The noise, generated from equipment installed at Direct Wire and Cable, is heard day and night. Most complaints target the sound emitted at 1:30, 2:15, 3:45 and 6:45 a.m.

Officials at Direct Wire have suspended operations after 11 p.m. and have ordered muffler equipment, which is being fabricated in Switzerland. The borough will test the decibel level and the impact on residential neighborhoods when the muffler system is installed, in about two weeks, to make sure it is in compliance with borough noise ordinances.

In other business, Denver Council:

Learned from Hession that several professionals have offered to donate their services, and some material costs to help move forward the addition to the Denver Rec Center, which would replace the Scout Cabin in the park that was flooded in 2111. Meetings are scheduled with the new committee as time is critical for using the FEMA money received.

Approved an ordinance regarding operation of alarm systems within the borough. The community newsletter and website will carry all details concerning the new ordinance, which is like East Cocalico’s.

Adopted a resolution amending fees charged in connection with the Zoning Ordinance and other ordinances, as well as amending fees for copies of certain documents, permits and services.

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