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Coopersburg Council OKs $1,000 for Tree Lighting Ceremony

Borough will pay $1,000 toward costs of annual Christmas tree lighting.

Coopersburg Borough Council on Tuesday approved a $1,000 contribution to the borough Christmas tree lighting ceremony and voted to keep Barry Isett & Associates as zoning officer.

Heather Lloyd, owner of , asked council to contribute to the tree lighting fund. Lloyd started the event in 2007, promoting it as a community event. Proceeds this year will go to the , Ambulance Corps and .

The event will feature horse carriage rides from Critter Corral, an ice sculpture and bagpipe players. Lloyd estimates the ceremony's cost at about $1,000 not counting the cost to light the Christmas tree, which ranges from $500-$700 for the month. “Expenses have been a hardship,”  Lloyd said.

Council approved a $1,000 contribution. “It's something I think we should support,” Councilman Larry Pummer said.

The event is set for Dec. 3 from 6-8pm. The fire company will provide food, and face painting will be done by the ambulance corps.

Meanwhile, Council voted to retain Barry Isett & Associates as the borough's zoning officer. Pummer reported that a comparison of two applicants -- Isett and Keystone Code Consulting & Enforcement -- showed little difference in price. “It's something we can still work with,” Mayor Tim Paashaus said of filling the position.

A recommendation from the Land and Subdivision Committee noted that in the past, changing zoning officers led to a dropoff in services during the transition. “We're looking for continuity,” Pummer said.

In other business, Councilman Jack Felch noted that preliminary work on the 2012 budget appear shows a balance without requiring a tax increase.

Stew October 27, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Why not take the $1,000.00 and apply it to the Rails to Trails program or how about giving it to the library with year round dividends?
TheTruth October 27, 2011 at 09:14 AM
Stew, Evidently you don't see the value in supporting our "local" fire, ambulance and food bank services. I guess in your world, a walking trail and books surpasses food and essential life saving services.
Stew October 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM
@TheTruth ...I didn't say that at all...given that the Library has been asking from Coopersburg to start to pay their share for their citizens that is the reason I suggested that unfunded provider of services...regarding the Fire Company...it is called using a campaign fund drive between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yes, this part does bug me: Christmas tree, which ranges from $500-$700 for the month. “Expenses have been a hardship,” Lloyd said. Why not give that amount directly to the Fire Company? In my world, money is raised through go old hard work...so, don't even presume to know about my world.
TheTruth October 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Stew, By listing your personal suggestion of recipients for the $1000 donation, you most certainly implied that the library and Rails to Trails were more deserving than the chosen benefactors. For you not to realize that is concerning and speaks volumes of your thought process. Again, essential services will always be a premium for contributions and support. I do not dispute the importance of a library or a walking trail, but the fire department, ambulance, and a food bank will always trump non-essential entities. Most informed residents will choose food, a fire truck or ambulance over a book...except you of course. The $1000 donation will return dividends in money spent at the tree lighting ceremony; The event is well attended and supported by borough and non-borough residents. I'm guess that you do not like the religious overtones of the fund raiser. Unfortunately, the holiday season is when people are the most generous. It's a fact, like it or not. In order to appease people like you, tax increases would be the only way to fund services, which fortunately, our present council has the foresight to avoid. Maybe you need to run for a council seat since you’re such a visionary.
Stew October 28, 2011 at 01:00 AM
@The Truth...you and others who are like you are the problem. At what point did I imply or infer about religion? You sound like a very nice liberal who might have recently occupied wallstreet. Your comment,"Most informed residents will choose food, a fire truck or ambulance over a book...except you of course." At what point did I imply that those items weren't necessary...I said, "Christmas tree, which ranges from $500-$700 for the month. “Expenses have been a hardship,” Lloyd said. Why not give that amount directly to the Fire Company? The lighting of the tree at an expense of $500.00~$700.00 is an unnecessary expense to the community. It appears our goals are the same, but our thoughts on how to get there are a little different. We can agree to disagree on how to spend the taxpayers money...welcome to America!!!

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