BY LARRy Deklinski

SHAMOKIN - City council recognized an 11-year-old Coal Township girl during its monthly meeting Monday at City Hall for her efforts to spruce up Shamokin.

Mayor William D. Milbrand presented Rosalind Kane a certificate of appreciation for organizing a cleanup April 6; Kane held the cleanup in place of her birthday party. More than 60 volunteers met at Claude Kehler Community Park, Third and Arch streets, and fanned out in Shamokin and Coal Township to pick up litter. Canned goods were also donated by volunteers for Manna for the Many food pantry.

Pool fees

Council approved a plan by parks and buildings committee chair Barbara Moyer to abolish season passes for August and to lower season prices for June and July for the Lawton Schroyer Memorial Pool.

Daily admission in August was set at $6 for adults and $4 for children (16 years and younger) and senior citizens. An individual season pass for resident adults and children in June and July is $43 and $37, respectively, reduced from $65 and $55; and $60 and $53 for non-residents, down from $90 and $80.

Passes for resident families are $33 and $30 for the first and second adult, and $27, $20 and $17 for the first through third child; $10 for tots. Passes for non-resident families are $47 and $43 for the first and second adult, and $40, $33 and $30 for the first through third child.

Claude Kehler Park

Council also adopted a plan by Moyer to establish a fee schedule for the rental of Claude Kehler Community Park. Rental of the property, including electricity and rest room facilities, is $225 for up to eight hours. There is an additional $25 garbage removal fee.

A $50 deposit is required upon reservation, which is refunded if the event is canceled 48 hours prior to the reservation. A $50 security deposit is refundable upon inspection following the event. Moyer said the rental fee will be waived for non-profit organizations, but the garbage removal fee and security deposit is still required.

In related news, council approved a budget revision for the Phase II project of the park, with $150,000 of the matching funds being provided by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies, upon final approval from the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR), which awarded the grant in December. The original grant was reduced by $100,000 in order to meet the 100 percent match required by DCNR.

Original plans for Phase II created walking paths, landscaped the area and added lighting, benches and picnic areas. Two foot bridges spanning Shamokin Creek were planned to link the expansion to the band shell area as well as the parking area along Third Street. Permeable pavers were planned for the parking area. Revised plans have not been revealed.

99 Steps

Council was unable to justify spending $35,000 to match an unrelated grant to restore the historic "99 Steps" at Lincoln and Liberty streets. A motion was approved to send a letter to the PA Museum Commissioner for the return of the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant in the amount of $25,000.

The total project to repair the steps to their original condition was estimated at $175,000 and would be completed in three phases.

"It's a shame we couldn't do it," Councilman Charlie Verano said following the vote.

In other business

Council approved:

-A motion to amend an engagement letter for a single audit to be completed by Klacik and Associates.

-The resignation of Matthew Losiewicz from the Shamokin Planning Commission.

-An annual agreement with Ehrlich for the treatment of the creek apron at a cost of $5,640.

-A request from Coal Township VFW Post 317 to collect May 10 for their annual poppy sale for disabled veterans.

-A request from Shamokin Housing Authority for the city to advertise on their behalf the release of funds for proposed improvements to the Harold Thomas Highrise and the Spruce Street and Harrison Street townhouses.

Amy Catino was appointed to the Shamokin Redevelopment Authority.

A note of thank you was sent to the Lower Anthracite Railroad Club for its donation of $1,200 to the American Legion Building.

The first reading of amended ordinance 09-03 to establish a new time schedule for all city playgrounds was given. If approved, playgrounds would be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April to October and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November to March.