Shoemakersville Borough Council looks at needed road repairs around the new Perry Elementary Center

As Perry Elementary Center Dedicated to Esther H. Ludwig nears completion in Shoemakersville, borough council is taking a look at needed road repairs in the vicinity of the new school.

Hamburg Area School District is responsible to repair roads in the new school’s work zone, but borough officials plan to complete repairs to adjacent roads outside of the work zone.

“Additional repairs are needed which had nothing to do with construction,” borough engineer Brad Smith said. “The school district has agreed to fix everything in its work zone.”

At borough council’s meeting on Aug. 5, Smith said that the worst case cost estimate to the borough would be about $63,000.

Liquid fuel funds are available which would help to offset the cost, but must be approved by PennDot, according to Smith.

Hamburg Area superintendent Steven Keifer announced on Aug. 4, that the district’s two elementary schools will start school on Sept. 2 instead of Aug. 25 due to work that still needs to be completed at Perry Elementary Center.

In other news, after an executive session, council agreed to suspend the borough’s wastewater treatment plant operator for three days, effective Aug. 11.

“It’s a disciplinary procedure,” council president Paul Gruber said.

Gruber had no additional comment on advice from the borough’s solicitor.

Council also agreed to advertise for a second wastewater treatment plant operator.

The borough currently uses contracted fill-ins as needed, Gruber said.

In other news, council thanked the Shoemakersville Fire Company for its speedy response to deliver boil-water notices to residents on July 21.

The next borough council meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church.