MOUNT CARMEL - Borough Mayor Philip "Bing" Cimino said a public input meeting held Aug. 27 was small but fruitful.

The meeting was scheduled as part of the "Mayor in the Town Park" series Cimino has begun as a way of reaching out to constituents to build more community within the borough.

Because of rain, the meeting was relocated to the Anthracite Steam Fire Co.

Among the participants was a small group of adult women interested in forming a women's recreation club.

The women have already hosted a kickball game, organized through word of mouth.

"They would like to try that again," said Cimino.

To join the group or get more information, contact the mayor at

Updates were given on several ongoing projects.

Preparations are ongoing for a mural and community garden slated for Second and Oak streets. Cimino said the ground is being prepped for planting and should be ready for spring.

Representatives of Mount Carmel Downtown Inc. said they would again supply decorations and asked about the possibility of a community Christmas tree. Cimino said no final decisions were made.

The date for the Mount Carmel Halloween Parade, hosted annually by the Mount Carmel Elks Lodge 356 and UNB Bank of Mount Carmel, is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, with rain date of 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

To follow along with all of the mayor's projects, go to the Office of the Borough of Mount Carmel Mayor on Facebook.