Kulpmont Borough Council applauds efforts in constructing playground project
KULPMONT - Borough Council took an opportunity during Tuesday's meeting to thank everyone involved in bringing the much-needed playground project to fruition.
Before the meeting, several council members looked over the progress of the playground at the Terry-Miriello Stadium with organizer Joe Cesari.
The playground was funded by a grant of more than $40,000 from DCNR. Also, $5,000 came from the Degenstein Foundation, based in Sunbury, and $2,500 from the Northumberland County Recreation Board, and $10,000-plus was raised through local concerts by the Mahoney Brothers, the Kulpmont Cruise and other events supported by the community.
The construction and installation was completed by Kulpmont Street Department workers and volunteers that gave up weekends to work.
"I was out here one day spreading mulch and a group of kids came up and asked me when they would be able to play," Cesari said. "They couldn't wait for it, and then said to me, 'I hope the big kids don't ruin it for us.'"
Fencing, lights and security measures need to be installed, but a special ribbon cutting ceremony and social for volunteers will be scheduled in the near future.
At the meeting, council president Bruno Varano accepted a $2,000 grant from Ed Christiano of the Northumberland County Recreation Board then thanked Cesari and borough secretary Rhonda Wilk for their work with the grants, and everyone involved with bringing the playground to life.
"This is something that was sorely needed in Kulpmont, and we can't thank you all enough for making it possible," Varano said.
Stephen Motyka, finance committee chairman, reported the committee held a meeting Monday to look over last year's budget as part of preliminary discussions for the 2013 spending plan. Borough treasurer Paul Nigilo reported there may not be much impact for construction of the new borough building in the 2013 budget, but more so in 2014.
Resident Walter Lutz questioned council on the building, again wanting answers about how high taxes will be raised in order to pay for it.
Currently, the borough is looking to take out a 40-year loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the interest rate of 3.95 percent. The borough's engineer will soon be giving the specifications to the state engineer in order to get an estimate to see what the project will cost, before it will be put out for bid.
"I don't want to argue or belabor the point," Lutz said following the discussion. "Hopefully, when you have more answers about what it will cost, the public will get a chance to see what is expected of them and comment on it."
Borough council announced a wine festival, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Holy Angels Picnic Grounds. The annual Halloween parade is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, with registration starting at 6 p.m. at Holy Angels Church picnic grounds.
Trick-or-treat night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Those wishing for visitors are asked to keep their porch lights on during that time.
In other business, council voted 7-0 to increase the fee for bad checks issued to the borough from $15 to $50.