Once again, the possible move and renovation of the Harveys Lake Police Station was a topic of contention at the borough council's regular meeting on Nov. 20.
Resident Danny Blaine brought up the topic during the public comment portion of the meeting when he presented council with a letter written by resident Ed Williams. The letter was in regard to the homeowners of Marina Pointe. Blaine read part of the letter aloud, stating that Marina Point residents are against moving the police station to Little League Road.
It doesn't seem logical to me and I disagree 100%, said Blaine of the proposed move.
Guy Giordano said he saw estimates for the renovation of the current station that the borough received last week and thought they were wrong.
Judi Williams Spagnuolo then asked council about floor plans available for public inspection on a back table in the room. The floor plans are for the renovation of the recreation center on Little League Road. Spagnuolo checked with council to be sure original bids for both buildings had come in over the allotted grant money. She raised the question about cost and whether that would result in a tax increase.
As a taxpayer, I can't afford to pay, she said.
Mayor Clarence Hogan stated the floor plans on display were drawn prior to receiving estimates from contractors and they were only on display because the police station issue was a topic on the agenda.
This sparked debate in the meeting room that continued for approximately 15 minutes. Council President Larry Radel defended the proposed moving of the police station while council members Michell'e Boice and Thomas Kehler tried to explain that estimates for the current station are exaggerated and include an addition that is unnecessary.
Radel defended the addition in the estimates, saying engineers are trying to make the square footage of the buildings the same for comparison purposes. Radel said, The reality is we don't know how much it's going to cost.
Kehler added that if the estimates of the current station are taken into consideration, the cost of renovation is about $87,000, almost the same as renovating the recreation center.
During the debate, resident Carol Culver scolded Council President Radel for rolling his eyes while other council members were presenting their viewpoints.
Council member Amy Williams reported the borough is preparing to send certified letters to all residents who have over $500 in unpaid garbage fees and that the borough is short almost $80,000 in garbage fees.
Council member Ed Kelly quieted the situation by stating, We won't have to raise taxes if we can get people to pay their fair share.
Boice proposed to have a professional assessment and determine if there are water problems at the current police station. Resident Jason Miller asked council if residents could volunteer to do handy work at the current station and if the borough could cover the cost of materials.
We've been talking about this too damn long and nothing gets done, said Miller.
Blaine added that the borough has the funds available in its restricted cash account to fix plumbing and water issues.
The council passed Boice's proposal.
Giordano suggested running a pipe under the road to connect the police station to the borough building. Borough Secretary Susan Sutton stated that the borough officials looked into having this done before and that the cost was very high.
In other business:
• The 2013 preliminary budget was made available and is at the borough office for anyone who wishes to inspect it.
• Council approved a $250 donation to the Back Mountain Memorial Library.
• Announced the borough Christmas party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Lakeside Skillet Ballroom.
• The next Harveys Lake Borough Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the Borough building.
Read a letter written by Harveys Lake Borough Council president Larry Radel explaining his position on the police station issue on The Dallas Post website. Log onto www.mydallaspost.com