Schuylkill Haven moves toward putting up settler memorial | South Schuylkill News

Schuylkill Haven moves toward putting up settler memorial | South Schuylkill News


Schuylkill Haven is a small step closer to erecting a memorial in town in recognition of the first settler in the area.

At the June 16 Borough Council meeting, town historian Richard Nagle said he wanted to see a memorial in honor of John Fincher, the first settler in Schuylkill Haven in 1750.

At that meeting, Nagle said he thought Bubeck Park would be a good location. Council agreed to move forward with the idea and proposed holding the July 7 meeting at Bubeck Park to discuss locations.

During the meeting at Bubeck Park under a picnic pavilion in 90-degree heat, the meeting began with council President Kurt Montz asking Nagle, who was in attendance, to comment on possible monument locations. 

Nagle pointed to a few spots in the park that may work not far from Washington Street while being careful to not detract from the war memorial.

Council did not decide on an exact location but expressed support for continuing to move forward with the idea. There are plans to discuss details with borough administration later in the summer with the hopes of getting the monument constructed sometime perhaps in the autumn.

In other business:

Borough administrator Scott Graver said there was a successful bid-out of old equipment the borough was no longer using ,including a street sweeper, a pickup truck, an old security gate, and a snow box. The sale brought in revenue for the borough, with the old street sweeper bringing in $7,500 and the old pickup truck bringing in $2,500.

Council accepted a timber harvest bid of $149,517 from King’s Sawmill for timber harvesting in Panther Valley.

Three payments were approved related to the borough wastewater treatment plant upgrade:

Electrical in the amount of $60,435.00 to G.R. Noto Electrical Construction Inc. (Payment No. 2)

Electrical in the amount of $18,675.00 to G.R. Noto Electrical Construction Inc. (Payment No. 3)

Mechanical/HVAC in the amount of $4,950.00 to Master Mechanical Corp. (Payment No. 3)

Regarding an ongoing borough code upgrade, council approved a change order in the amount of $5,363 to add editorial and legal analysis to the project, including removing code that is no longer in Pennsylvania and borough code, and updating everything to current codes.

Clinical Outcomes Group Inc. requested to place a 4 x 20 banner which council approved to be set up on the grassy area between Main and Columbia Streets for three weeks to promote a “Vocals for Veterans” event at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds on Oct. 16. The event will feature music, food, and vendors and will benefit Schuylkill County Homeless Veterans.

Council received a $500 donation from Andrew Sinn & Geraldine Michalik to go toward the new town clock.

Councilman Jerry Bowman said he received a comment from a concerned citizen about drivers running the stop sign at Avenue B and Union Street in the borough, putting his grandchild at risk, and suggesting something like a “Children at Play” sign be installed.

Graver responded that such signs sometimes are counterproductive, implying an acceptance of playing directly in a street. He said running stop signs is more of a police issue and that drivers prone to doing so won’t be deterred much by such a sign. Council agreed with Graver that it was a police issue but did mention in passing the issue of the borough being short on police.



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