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The following items were discussed or action taken during a borough council meeting Tuesday:


Published: Wed, September 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


The following items were discussed or action taken during a borough council meeting Tuesday:
Borough residents were told to expect a sewer rate increase next year. Councilman John Altman reported that Bankston Associates of Indianola, Pa., did a sewer rate analysis of the borough and concluded that sewer rates need to be raised. Altman had no details on the proposed increase because he received the information just before the meeting.
Borough residents who have low water pressure can expect an improvement in the near future. New water tanks are being filled and readied to be put into service. Once online, water pressure will improve in areas that have experienced low pressure. The two new tanks were built during the summer on Pa. Route 158 south of the borough at a cost of $800,000.
PennDOT will start work next week on catch basins on Pa. Route 208 through the borough, with paving of that road slated to begin at the end of September.
Council approved paying $6,000 to Wade Associates, Harrisburg, to do a feasibility study as a first step toward applying for a grant for improvements to the township park, pool and pavilion. The grant application would go to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Council heard from Eric Capp of CapRock Oil and Gas Co., who wants the borough to sign a lease for gas drilling for several parcels of land the borough owns near Westminster College. Drilling would take five to seven days. If successful, the borough would get 12.5 percent of the profit and can take up to 200,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year for free. Council directed Capp to discuss the lease with Borough Solicitor Frank Verterano.
Council agreed to contact state legislators to voice support for Pennsylvania Senate Bill 482, which would allow local police to use radar to catch speeders.
Several residents asked for reasons for the recent firing of borough pool lifeguard Becky Rosengard. They said she did her job well and does not know why she was fired. Council President Larry Wagner said that he could not discuss a personnel issue publicly but that council would meet with Rosengard if she wishes, to discuss the reasons.


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