Denver Boy Scout cabin project in financial distress
BY ALICE HUMMER, Correspondent
Flooded out twice at its old location in Denver Memorial Park, the Boy Scout cabin was to be rebuilt on higher ground in the same park.
But patching together the $80,000 cost for reconstruction has been difficult.
Council learned in February that plans were scaled back for the proposed cabin to limit the necessary financial outlay. Council's overtures to the Scouts to share cabin plans have yielded no results to date.
"I received verbal confirmation from the PEMA agency that the six-month extension request for the Scout cabin is approved" Denver Borough Manager Mike Hession told council March 11. He said the borough has until Sept. 12 to use the money for the project.
In addition to the $37,000 FEMA approved after the September 2011 flood, another $10,000 is allocated from a donor. The Boy Scouts have not secured the remaining $33,000 needed to start construction.
Hession learned that matching money might possibly be awarded through a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant.
"I can get the paperwork together and write the grant," said Hession. "I'm just not sure where the matching money would come from. In checking with the state, we cannot use the $37,000 FEMA money because the money spent on the project for the DCNR grant needs to take place in 2014. The FEMA money, for which we received a six-month extension, needs spent in 2013."
"I am opposed to having the borough kick in money for the Scout cabin," councilman Steve Binkley said. "I support the cabin and just don't think it's fair to ask taxpayers to pay for it."
Unless Scouts can show some concrete plans for the cabin and help is received for financing the project, the FEMA money might need to be returned. Adding to the dilemma is the small number of active Boy Scouts, officials said.
In other business:
n Discussion was held regarding a proposed false alarm ordinance for devices which summon police, the fire company or other municipal agencies. A fine would occur after three false alarms within a consecutive 12-month period. If Denver would adopt an ordinance like the one in East Cocalico Township, then the police would be enforcing the same ordinance both places.
n Council approved live music in the courtyeard at the Courtyard Caf', 349 Main Street, from 7-9 p.m. the first and third Fridays of the month. On the fourth Friday of every month, a family-friendly movie may be shown, starting at about 8 p.m. Such events depend on favorable weather.
n Police Chief George Beever reported several car break-ins where cars were left unlocked.