We are pleased to announce that the Borough will be placing an older police vehicle into service for the Fire Marshall, Code Officers and general Borough use. This is an effort to reuse and repurpose equipment and to look at all options for the betterment of our financial responsibilities. This year's financial budget is currently right on track with Council being fiscally responsible with all matters of spending and recognizing the necessity of prudent fiscal responsibility.
The Town Watch Program is back. Council has purchased portable radios and heavy duty flashlights to start the procedure to bring this worthwhile Program back into service. If anyone is interested in becoming a member of this Program, an application must be filled out. Also a background check will be completed by the police department. Please contact Mark Townsend, Residential Coordinator at 484-844-2471 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or stop at the Borough Offices during normal business hours. We are all very excited about this new Program.
Council would like to commend the Sun Valley Marching Band on taking first place in the American Open Classic Division of the Cavalcade of Bands Championship, in November 2015. Great job! Also, the Parkside Elementary School was awarded the 2016 Pennsylvania State School of Character Award, being one of only two schools to receive this award in the Commonwealth. Way to go students, teachers, principal and parents!
As a reminder, when parents are dropping off or picking up students at the school, during school hours, please do not make a left hand turn out of the parking lot. This protects the children and keeps traffic flowing along Edgmont Avenue.
Along with our new website, we will be incorporating a program called E-codes. This will enable our residents to check our Borough Code on line, to verify any information that you may require. This software is very user friendly and we feel that it will be an integral part of our website. This has been an ongoing project for the last year and we are pleased to announce that it will be available, on line, sometime this summer.
The Council has approved the purchase of lawn signs supporting our local police officers. In this troubling time, when so many law enforcement officers are either hurt or killed, it is nice to show our support for the officers that protect and serve our Borough. The signs will arrive this springtime and you may contact the Borough or a council member for more information in obtaining a sign to be displayed on your yard.
Council has applied for a Grant to purchase every household a new recycling can for their use. We are expecting to receive notification of this Grant Award this summer. If we receive this Award, all households should receive their new recycling can by the end of this year or beginning of the New Year. Please check out our website for further information.
We are also looking into the possibility of sponsoring a SK Run this year, with proceeds being donated to a charitable organization. For further information, please check our website later in the year.