After several months of debating whether or not the Harveys Lake Police Department should be relocated, Council voted on Dec. 18 to keep the station at its present Route 415 location.
A special meeting was held by the Harveys Lake Protective Association to hear both sides of the issue. Council President Larry Radel gave the position to move the department to a former recreation center on Little League Road. Councilwoman Michell'e Boice took the opposing position, saying the police department should remain at the borough's main entrance.
A straw poll of residents who attended the special meeting was taken. The unanimous decision was to keep the department at its present site. Boice stated that the police department needs to be highly visible and easily accessible.
The borough received a $78,000 LSA grant from the gaming commission, money that was to be used for renovations if the department was moved to a new location.
Council will now have to resubmit paperwork to the Department of Community and Economic Development in order to use the grant for renovations to the existing building.
Boise said that renovations to the bathroom and new siding on the building are among the potential uses for the grant, if it is approved. We will have to see what we can do with the $78,000 grant, she said
Council approved the revised edition of the 2013 budget. The revisions include an increase of $39,000 for real estate taxes, a $4,000 increase for zoning and a $16,250 increase for permits and licenses.
The 2013 budget's total income is $1,099,925. Total expenses are $1,100,555, leaving a $630 deficit. The real estate tax will be increased by one tenth of a mill, from .604 mills in 2012 to .704 mills in 2013.
A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.
One resident expressed great concern over the safety of Harveys Lake school students in the aftermath of the recent Newtown, CT tragedy. Mayor Clarence Hogan stated the Lake-Lehman School District has to keep a log of any emergencies. Hogan reassured residents that the fire and police departments provide mutual aid and work together in event of an emergency.
The borough hosted two Christmas parties for children on Dec. 15. The Homecoming Committee held its party at Lakeside Skillet on Outlet Road. There were 104 children in attendance and two bikes were given away. Also, the Harveys Lake American Legion treated children to pizza, hotdogs, gifts and a visit from Santa at the Legion Hall.
Councilwoman Amy Williams reminded residents to display new 911 address numbers on their homes. Anyone needing assistance on this matter can contact Borough Secretary Susan Sutton at 639-2113 for information on where to obtain the signs, as well as how to display them properly.
The borough received a $78,000 LSA grant from the gaming commission, money that was to be used for renovations if the department was moved to a new location. Council will now have to resubmit paperwork to the Department of Community and Economic Development in order to use the grant for renovations to the existing building.