Proposed Boy Scout cabin in financial distress

By on March 27, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Flooded twice in its Denver Memorial Park location, the proposed replacement Scout Cabin to be built on higher ground in the same park needs approximately $80,000 for construction.

Council last month learned that plans were scaled back for the proposed cabin to limit the necessary financial outlay. Council’s overtures to the Scouts to share cabin plans have yielded no results to date.

“I received verbal confirmation from the PEMA agency that the six-month extension request for the Scout cabin is approved,” Mike Hession, Denver Borough manager told council at their March 11 meeting. “The Borough has until Sept. 12, 2013 to use the money for the project.”

In addition to the $37,000 FEMA money approved after the September 2011 flood, another $10,000 is allocated from a donor. The Boy Scouts have not secured the remaining $33,000 needed to start construction.

Hession learned that matching money might possibly be awarded through a DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) grant. The deadline is within 14 days to apply for such a grant.

“I can get the paperwork together and write the grant,” said Hession. “I’m just not sure where the matching money would come from. In checking with the state, we cannot use the $37,000 FEMA money because the money spent on the project for the DCNR grant needs to take place in 2014. The FEMA money, for which we received a six-month extension, needs spent in 2013.”

“I am opposed to having the borough kick in money for the Scout Cabin,” said Councilman Steve Binkley. “I support the cabin and just don’t think it’s fair to ask taxpayers to pay for it.”

Unless Scouts can show some concrete plans for the cabin and help is received for financing the project, the possibility exists that the FEMA money will need to be returned. Adding to the dilemma is the small number of active Boy Scouts.

In other business, discussion was held regarding a proposed false alarm ordinance for alarm devices which summon police, the fire company or other municipal agencies. A fine would occur after three false alarms within a consecutive 12-month period. If Denver would adopt an ordinance like the one in East Cocalico Township, then the police would be enforcing the same ordinance both places.

Council approved the Courtyard Café, 349 Main Street, having live music in the outdoor courtyard from 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Fridays of the month. On the fourth Friday of every month an approximately two-hour, family friendly movie may be shown, starting at approximately 8 p.m. These Courtyard Cafe plans are weather dependent.

Police Chief George Beever, reported several car break-ins where cars were left unlocked.

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