By Libby Rosequist
After the meeting on Monday, June 7, was called to order, the minutes from May 3 were approved.
In accounts payable, Borough Manager Pat Gehrlein discussed the increase in testing.
“You will see there are routine costs for lab results for beach and reservoir testing to ring in our summer season,” Gehrlein said.
Under new business, Chris Skrekla, Fuller Hose public information officer, addressed Borough Council for financial support to help offset the cost of the North East Fire Department’s annual insurance premiums.
“We have been in continuous dialogue with the amusement and ride company in hopes to bring them back this year. Although Pennsylvania will be opening its restrictions, the ride company is unable to support us without losing its own profit due to many events in our area that have already been canceled before the change in restrictions,” Skrekla said. “We are unable to create a strategy to meet our fundraising goals. As a result, we are conducting another drive-thru event similar to last year.
“We do not foresee this event to allow us to meet out fundraising goal and we respectfully request the borough to help Fuller and Crescent Hose with the $39,832 necessary to cover our vehicle, building liability insurance.”
Mayor Steve Gregory suggested a meeting between the fire departments and Borough Council.
“I think it would be in everyone’s best interest to table this discussion until all parties can sit down for a meeting along with Pat,” Gregory said. “We need to be able to discuss the logistics of the request as both parties do not have all information handy at the time of this meeting.”
Council agreed unanimously to postpone any decision until a date for a meeting can be set.
In other business, resolution 06072021-1 was approved unanimously to find financial help for a wastewater vehicle.
Two letters of resignation for patrolmen Alec Colosimo and Zachery Buell were approved.
First quarter shut-off list was approved unanimously.
A Heard Park request for a water gun fight hosted by Michael Spellman contingent on purchasing insurance for the event was approved.
Edyie Reed requested to close Lowry Lane on Aug. 14, for a wedding reception of approximately 100 people. It was approved and the police department will be notified.
Corwin Quinby’s request for Heard Park was postponed until he can adjust his date and time for the music event.
Powerful Pink Warriors requested Gibson Park for Light Up Night in support of Breast Cancer awareness.
There will not be a second monthly meeting.
During announcements, Gehrlein went over a rental inspection meeting and a walk around town.
“We had an excellent discussion with all of the landlords throughout town as we presented and rolled out our rental inspection ordinance,” Gehrlein said. “The conversation allowed us the opportunity to look at the checklist and the way it is crafted and narrow down what we are looking at and how we go about that process. I am proud everyone came to voice their opinion and this great dialogue allows for more success within the community.
A few landlords asked for another meeting and expressed concerns about the program, and after a discussion with the Council members, they agreed another meeting is necessary and Gehrlein said another meeting will be held in July.
“The walk around town was also a success and we have a lot a positive aspects to build on to keep North East growing.
“There will also be a public meeting June 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. to voice opinions and we will try to have food trucks and ice cream available. I am excited to keep these conversations going.”