*The Pennsylvania State Police have been providing police protection for Elverson Borough, and Council feels they have served the area very well. Corporal Mac Carr will visit with Borough Council and interested residents to discuss issues of concern at the February 1 Council meeting.
*Tom Hess will continue to serve as Chairman of Borough Council and Merle Stoltzfus will continuie as Vice Chairman. The Borough Engineer will be Mark Stabolopscy of Spotts, Stevens & McCoy. The Solicitor will be Dave Malman. Dave Onushko was reappointed to the Municipal Authority. Reappointed to the Planning Commission were Brian McEwen, Joe Way and Darryl Gibble. Jack McEwen will continue as Borough Manager. Paul McEwen and Merle Stoltzfus will serve on the Vacancy Board. Peggy Cook said she will remain as Treasurer until a new Treasurer is appointed and trained.
*Council invited Barbara Little, Program Director of the Twin Valley YMCA, to discuss with them issues concerning the creation of a skateboard park. Little said issues such as supervision, maintenance, insurance, expenses and liabilities must be addressed. She said there would be differences if the program was run by the Borough or by the YMCA.
Little reported that it cost the Brandywine YMCA about $70.000 to convert two tennis courts to skateboarding parks. The cost of staffing the program with one person costs $7000 a year. The Brandywine YMCA is about 14 miles away. Users of the skateboarding facility provided by the Brandywine YMCA must be members. The skateboard area is open from April to October. Tom Hess said, "We don't know what we want exactly." Council member Melissa Greiser said there is a huge interest in Elverson. Little said there are a million different designs. Council member Fred McMullen said, "We need something in town." Hess said, "We should find a place where the kids could walk to." Little said, "If there is no security, anyone could use the skate board area at any time. Keep it in the borough at a safe location where you are not called out in the evening." She suggested to "research it" and to see about grant money.
Greiser was appointed to be coordinator of the skate boarding program. Hess thanked Little for attending the meeting.
*Stabolopscy said a preconstruction meeting will be held with Melchiorre Construction Company before work begins in the park area. The storm drains will be cleaned this month.
*John Mohl reported the tanks have been welded at the wastewater treatment plant. A small leak has been found and is being repaired. Work is progressing well. Mohl said the costs for public sewer users will rise 30% from $97.50 to $126.75 per quarter. It has been ten years since there has been an increase in fees.
*They are still continuing the debate about the cost of removing sludge from the former lagoons. The company hired to do the job removed more material from the bottoms of the lagoons than was necessary, said Mohl.
*Mayor Homer Minnich said anyone who may be interested in a seminar on emergency service training should contact Borough Secretary Delores March. The training program is scheduled for February 1, 2005. Also the YMCA is sponsoring a program "a Healthy Community" at the Chester County Intermediate Unit offices on February 3.
*Stoltzfus said there is a possibility the building owned by Grayco Childrens Products may be sold or there may be interest in it. Grayco will close the Elverson manufacturing facility in the sp ring. He is not sure how many residents of Elverson are employed there.