Grugg resigns at Denver Council meeting

By on February 6, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Denver citizens lost a dedicated council member with council’s "reluctant acceptance" of Nathan Grubb’s resignation, effective Jan. 31, at the Jan. 28 meeting. Grubb is moving out of the borough and his position will be filled by another resident. Citizens interested in the open seat should contact Denver Borough manager, Mike Hession at or phone the borough hall at 336-2832.

"I’ll contact people who previously indicated an interest in running for a seat on the council," Hession said.

A proposal from Suburban Lighting Consultants, Inc. to conduct a Street Light Feasibility Assessment and Privatization Program for Denver Borough, not to exceed $2,000, was unanimously approved.

"If Denver would decide to accept the proposal to move toward acquisition of the street-lighting system for their 344 street lights, the cost for the study would be absorbed in the contract," Hession said.

If the feasibility study yielded no savings for Denver owning their own street lighting system, there would be no charge.

"The cost to buy your lights would pay for itself in 10 years. That’s what most of Suburban Lighting Consultant studies have shown," Hession said.

"I took a ride to Downingtown to see their lights," council president, Walter Fink said. "They’re bright, they’re nice, and they light up the community." Downingtown is one of approximately 50 nearby municipalities who contracted with Suburban Lighting Consultants Council agreed savings on street lights is welcome. Prior to going with Constellation Electric, street light costs were not covered by the liquid fuels tax, and Denver needed to dip into their general fund to pay the costs.

"Currently, we pay in the range of $7,000 per month for street lights," Hession said.

In other business, council approved joining the new animal control services offered by the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for 2013. Council will continue to use first the services of Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital for stray dogs. The SPCA provides for stray cats, a problem for which the borough previously had no specific help to offer a person, other than referrals to various rescue organizations.

Resident, Don Johnson, was appointed to fill one of two vacant positions on the Recreation Board. Johnson’s three-year term will expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

The Recreation Board will ask the Denver Park Association for a member to fill the remaining recreation vacancy.

All entries for the new Denver Borough Logo/Letterhead contest are due in the borough office by 5 p.m. on March 15. One entry per person is permitted. Entries should be submitted as a digital JPEG file, able to print on 8.5-by-11.5-inch paper, and be original work. Denver mayor, Adam Webber, is sponsoring the $100 savings bond prize.

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