Grubb's resignation leaves vacancy on Denver council
BY ALICE HUMMER, Correspondent
Denver Borough is looking for a new council member following the resignation of Nathan Grubb, who is moving from the borough.
At its meeting Jan. 28, council agreed to the "reluctant acceptance" of Grubb's resignation, effective Jan. 31.
Residents interested in the open seat should contact Denver Borough Manager Mike Hession at firstname.lastname@example.org or call borough hall at 336-2831.
"I'll contact people who previously indicated an interest in running for a seat on the council," Hession said.
In other business, council approved a proposal from Suburban Lighting Consultants Inc. to conduct a Street Light Feasibility Assessment and Privatization Program for the borough. Cost of the work is not to exceed $2,000.
"If Denver would decide to accept the proposal to move toward acquisition of the street-lighting system for their 344 street lights, the cost for the study would be absorbed in the contract," Hession said.
If the feasibility study yielded no savings for Denver to own the street-lighting system, there would be no charge.
"The cost to buy your lights would pay for itself in 10 years," Hession said. "That's what most of Suburban Lighting Consultant studies have shown."
Council President Walter Fink report on his own research.
"I took a ride to Downingtown to see their lights," Fink said. "They're bright, they're nice and they light up the community."
Downingtown is one of approximately 50 nearby municipalities who have contracted with Suburban Lighting Consultants.
Council agreed that savings on street lights would be welcome. Prior to going with Constellation Electric, street light costs were not covered by the liquid fuels tax, and Denver needed to dip into its general fund to pay the costs.
"Currently, we pay in the range of $7,000 per month for street lights," Hession said.
In other business:
n Council approved joining the new animal-control services offered by the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for 2013. Council will continue to first use the services of Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital for stray dogs.
n Don Johnson was appointed to fill one of two vacant positions on the borough's recreation board. Johnson's three-year term will expire on Dec. 31, 2015.
The recreation board will ask the Denver Park Association for a member to fill the remaining recreation vacancy.
n All entries for the new Denver Borough Logo/Letterhead Contest are due in the borough office by 5 p.m. on March 15. One entry per person is permitted. Entries should be original work submitted as a digital jpg file, able to print on 8.5-by-11-inch paper. Denver Mayor Adam Webber is sponsoring the $100 savings bond prize.