Akron compromise struck

By on June 1, 2011

By: MILAN VRACARICH JR. Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

The middle of Akron’s Loyd Roland Memorial Park will remain green.

A motion made at the May 9 council meeting to construct a new utility building for the Lions Club near the center of the park was strongly opposed by council president Thomas Murray.

The plan was to take down an old bath house near the Lions Lodge, increase the cement foundation, partition the site and build a new bathroom with a larger area to store equipment. The only cost to the borough would have been to increase the size of the cement pad for the building.

The issue for Murray, however, was not the cost but the fact that the larger storage facility –not on an already established path — would require a new access road to be paved in the middle of the park.

"We need to look into all the other buildings (around the park) before going for it," said Murray. "I’ve been opposed to paving the park since I’ve been in this position. I can’t see another storage shed in the middle of the park where it’s supposed to be green."

At the committee meeting on May 23, borough manager Dan Guers proposed a new location for the storage facility which satisfied all council members present. The new site will be along the paved road near the Lions Lodge and the pavilion used for disc golf. The new building will remove the need for a portable toilet at that location.

"I wasn’t opposed to constructing a new storage shed," said Murray at the May 23 committee meeting. "I just didn’t want to have it where we were cutting a paved road. I think it’d be great (at the new location)."

In other news, Akron finds itself in an odd situation this month after the death of its tax collector, Wayne A. Reber Jr., on May 6.

Ken Shirk, the borough’s solicitor, explained the situation in detail at the meeting May 23. The estate of the deceased tax collector is responsible for collecting the balance of taxes billed under his watch. The estate can appoint an assistant tax collector to do this work but council must appoint a replacement tax collector within 30 days of his death.

The timing of Reber’s death creates a peculiar situation because the 2011 taxes were already billed under his watch. Thus, the council’s newly appointed tax collector to serve the rest of Reber’s term, Anne Nolt, will not collect any taxes until 2012. A motion was passed allowing assistant tax collector Susan Davidson to continue under the Reber estate collecting 2011 taxes.

Reber was the tax collector for the borough for 15 years and performed his task as a gratuitous service to the borough. Nolt will also perform this duty without compensation. More AKRON, page A17 The 58th annual Day in the Park, hosted by the Ephrata Community Hospital, will be held on June 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grater Memorial Park in Ephrata.

The schedule for this year’s Day in the Park includes all the food, fun and family entertainment that make the event a community tradition. New to the event this year is the "Ephrata Can Sing" Contest. The family-friendly contest is open to performers of all ages.

In addition, Jack Hubley, naturalist and host of WGAL’s "Wild Moments," will host a "Wild Neighbors" nature program at 10 a.m. He will give a close look at the wildlife found in backyards and the fields and woodlots beyond. Of course, there will be all the traditional favorites including the Quacker Raffle, quilt raffle, health fair, business expo, arts and crafts fair and open car cruise.

Diamond Sponsors are Haller Enterprises and Henry Schein, Inc. and event sponsors are Blue Ridge Communications and Ephrata National Bank. All proceeds from Day in the Park benefit the Emergency Department Expansion Project at Ephrata Community Hospital. For more information about Day in the Park, call 738-3556. Press 2 for fund cevelopment, then 2 for the events coordinator. More HOSPITAL DAY, page A17

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