New borough Christmas lights were the topic at the Community Development meeting December 15, 2016.
Cleon Berntheizel presented information regarding the lights and pricing. He said that the 36 snowflake lights the borough already owns cannot be supported by the newer light posts. Berntheizel presented sale prices that will expire on the last day of February 2017. The cost to purchase 37 new snowflake lights is listed at $9,693.00 with shipping to be added.
Rather than keep the old lights in storage, Berntheizel suggested placing them on business buildings such as the market house or Hinkle's Pharmacy. Mayor Lutz said that not all businesses may want to put holes in their buildings in order to display the snowflake lights. He also mentioned that a box would need to be installed for electricity to operate the lights. This was followed by some discussion about the cost of the borough's annual electric bill.
Mayor Lutz did express interest in having some of the lights at River Park.
The new snowflake light purchase will go to full council at the January 9 meeting.
The trolley purchase was also brought up, albeit briefly. Greg Sahd said that it will not be ready for purchase until January 2, 2017. However he would like the borough to be able to take possession of it before the end of this year and have it included in the 2016 budget.
There are decals that have to be removed prior to purchase. Greg Sahd suggested that Cleon Bernthiezel get in touch with Elite Coach to see if possession could possibly take place sooner.
Rebecca Denlinger was not present. Councillors Cleon Berntheizel, John Novak and Sherry Welsh were present along with Greg Sahd and Mayor Leo Lutz.