MARS — Councilman Rob Bost is looking to bring back a borough newsletter to let residents know what's happening and give them seasonal reminders.
“Years ago, we used to send out a newsletter,” Bost said, outlining the idea Monday night to council. “We would include reminders.”
Specifically citing borough code as it relates to grass trimmings on roads, Bost said it might be a good idea to bring the letter back.
Other members of council agreed.
“It might be a nice way to communicate,” said Brad Price, councilman.
Bost said the letter could be printed with borough water bills and inserted in the same mailing. “That would make sense,” said Mike Fleming, council president. “It would negate a second postage cost.”
Council discussed several topics that could be included in the newsletter.
Councilwoman Chris Clutter said the search for a new code enforcement officer continues.
Borough secretary Bonnie Forsythe added a recent job posting generated some interest.
“Almost 50 people applied,” Forsythe said. “But about half a dozen answered the questions to a degree that made it clear they knew a little bit about what they're talking about.”
Mayor Gregg Hartung said a meeting he attended with borough business leaders revealed several owners are interested in the progress of the search.
“They want to know who the code enforcer's going to be,” Hartung said.
Forsythe said she will organize potential candidates to present to council at the next meeting. Until someone is hired to the position, Forsythe will be monitoring code issues.
Personal protection equipment
Fleming discussed a letter the borough received from Adams Township Supervisor Chairman Russell Ford regarding the purchase of personal protective equipment this spring.
In April, Adams Township organized a purchase of about $16,900 of pandemic protective gear for Adams and Callery firefighters; Mars, Seven Fields and Adams police; and Quality EMS.
Because the equipment was bought in response to the pandemic, it may be reimbursable. If the purchase isn't reimbursed, Adams may ask for assistance in covering the cost, according to Fleming.
“They expect to be successful with that (reimbursement),” Fleming said. “But (Ford) thought everybody should be aware of exactly what was spent.”
Hartung explained the borough didn't agree to cover a specific dollar amount for the purchase.
“We just said that we'd be included,” Hartung said. “No one agreed to any set money.”
Fleming said he expects any funding requests would be equivalent to the gear each municipality received, if a request is issued.
Council discussed the merits and drawbacks of moving council meetings to the education building along Arch Street.
The borough purchased the property last year and has been reviewing ways to best use it. Having meetings in the building would allow for social distancing.
The biggest concern members of council had was climate.
“There's no air conditioning up there,” Fleming said.
Forsythe said the previous tenants had used window units, which could be a temporary fix.
“I assume it could be done again,” Forsythe said.
Fleming and Price said they had window air conditioners they could donate for a quick solution.
Council voted to move the next regular meeting to the education building, starting in August.