Pool property fate bothers Mount Carmel council
MOUNT CARMEL - The fate of the borough's shuttered swimming pool brought debate to the Thursday's council meeting.
Councilmember Leroy Moser Jr. said he is concerned that if the borough doesn't decide its fate soon, the property will fall into disrepair over the next few years.
"Right now we should be putting together some plans," agreed Mayor Philip Cimino.
Moser suggested creating a group of councilmembers and citizens to craft a plan to use the property in the best way possible.
Councilmembers agreed that reopening the pool exactly as it was in 2013 is not feasible. Several members cited low attendance as a primary reason Mount Carmel did not need the pool, including days when admission fees were waived.
"The only people I saw on Facebook complaining about it didn't live in Mount Carmel," said Anthony Matulewicz III, borough council president.
Moser said additional information would be released to the public about the meeting times of the planning committee for the pool's future.
In other news
Borough Police Chief Todd Owens said parishioners have complained about cars persistently parking in front of the Divine Redeemer Church rectory. He said elderly parishioners want to park close to their destination, but there is currently no legal way to prevent other people from parking in these spaces. Neither parishioners nor local residents were present at the meeting.
Two part-time patrolmen, David Tomtishen and Kyle Schauer, were sworn into the Mount Carmel Borough Police.
Councilmember Clement Plisiewicz said the hallway floors outside the borough office were filthy and he felt as though other renters of the building were to blame. Matulewicz said he would contact the building management and have the floors cleaned weekly on either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings.
The street department is hiring two part-time staff members to replace summer workers who did not return from last year. Potential duties include mowing lawns and painting lines.
Cimino said a small amount of oil had been found to be seeping from a 50-foot patch on Grape and Maple streets. Multiple agencies are looking into the cause which may stem from an old, unused gas system. John Buccanelli, an engineer with the firm engaged by the borough to manage the sewer system, said he would aid in investigating the leak.
A property at 410 Market St. was found to have an excessive amount of garbage. Councilmembers decided to push the bulging pile back onto the property. Several were concerned that the property had become a fire hazard due to a quantity of wood being stored inside. A proposal of disposing of the trash for the owner and placing a lien on the property for the cost was discussed. Matulewicz is wary of any action resulting in the borough controlling the property due to legal difficulties the borough has had in the past.
Council voted 5-0 to pass the planning commission's recommendation to give the borough a "right of way" to 40 S. Locust St. and 315 N. Turnpike St. to install a handicap lift and 101 S. Plum St. to install a handicap ramp.
Council directed Matulewicz to execute an agreement with Herring, Roll & Solomon, P.C., to perform the 2013 audit.