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Schuylkill Hose Dive Team recognized for cleanup work

The Schuylkill Hose Dive Team received recognition from Schuylkill Haven Greenways National Heritage Area at the Oct. 5 Schuylkill Haven Borough Council meeting.

Borough secretary Kaitlyn Tinari said the team received the honor for assisting in the cleanup of the waterway for the Schuylkill River Sojourn, an annual 112-mile guided canoe and kayak trip on the river that begins in Schuylkill Haven.

In other business, a new five-year sanitation contract with Anthracite Waste was approved. The move follows the last borough meeting in September when council approved two submitted bids. At that time, a winning bid was not awarded.

There is no word on whether residential sanitation rates will change as a result of the contract.

“We are still reviewing our budget for next year so we will know more when our budget is approved if there will be a change in rates for residents,” Tinari said.

A small-business incentives program was approved. Tinari explained that it is a program in which organizations come together to help bring new business into Schuylkill Haven.

“The borough’s contribution would be utilities at no cost for six months,” Tinari said, explaining that the program is known as the Entrepreneur Welcome Wagon.

A borough resident requested that stop signs be placed at the corner of Primrose and Stanton streets and at Primrose Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mayor Michael Devlin approved a temporary 30-day decree responding to the request to explore whether the move helps traffic flow.

Council approved fire police assistance for the First United Church of Christ fall carnival.

An unidentified borough resident complained that an apartment building’s trash receptacle was in disrepair and that when the new sanitation contract takes over, they hope to receive a new one.

Pumpkin patch will occur on Oct. 16, Haven in Harvest on Oct. 22, the borough Halloween parade on Oct. 26 and trick-or-treat on Oct. 31.

Source: Berkshire mont

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