Weekly Roundup: Council approves ordinances, schools lending a hand top this week’s stories

Check out this past week’s biggest stories in Palmyra.

New ladder truck preliminary approved, capital improvements passed by Borough Council

Borough Council preliminarily approved the purchase of a new ladder truck for the fire department at the Oct. 2 meeting. The current 1992 Ladder Truck reached 25 years of service this year, five years past the 20-year timeline when the department has typically replaced its ladders per department policy. The borough would finance the purchase over a term of approximately 15 years. In addition to an initial 5 percent cash down payment of $51,650, the cost to taxpayers would average approximately $88,240 annually, assuming a 4 percent interest rate. “The fire department has reported costs of approximately $20,000 over the past two years for repairs to the current ladder truck, with parts becoming more difficult to obtain,” Borough Administrator John Gural said. Final approval for the fire truck will take place at the Oct. 16 meeting.

Palmyra’s Charles Street School lending a hand to hurricane victims in Houston

Hurricane Harvey caused a slew of destruction throughout several states earlier this year, leaving plenty of areas forced to rebuild and start over with their lives. Palmyra may be 1,554 miles northeast of Houston, but it wanted to get involved with helping the area rebuild. The Charles Street School, which holds approximately 500 students ranging from preschool to sixth grade, was able to get involved quickly after the storm hit. “Each month of the year we try to perform a community service project,” Principal Mark Pease said. “Normally we help with Operation Yellow Ribbon, which helps provide supplies and goods to United States military forces serving overseas. We decided to change our direction to help the people of Houston.”

Adult Draw taking place on Thursdays at Palmyra Community Center

Are you creative and looking to add consistent drawing to your calendar? This is a non-instructional class for all artistic levels so bring your own materials or use some of ours! The class runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and takes place every Thursday until Nov. 30, with no classes on Nov. 2 & 9. Feel free to drop in or attend every class, no registration required. The host is Lee Stoner, and the class fee can be either a donation to the food pantry or $5. More information on this event and other events at the Community Center can be found at http://www.palmyracommunitycenter.com/registration/.

Borough of Palmyra accepting applications for FT Code Enforcement Officer

The Borough of Palmyra is accepting applications for a full-time Code Enforcement Officer (CEO).The CEO is responsible for enforcement of property maintenance codes and related ordinances such as non-compliant conditions on private and public property including unsanitary or potentially dangerous conditions; accumulations of garbage and refuse; and unsightly conditions of property and structures. The CEO is also responsible for proper administration of the Borough’s vacant and abandoned property ordinances. At a minimum the successful applicant will be a licensed NJ Housing Inspector or UCC Building or Fire Inspector. To review the complete job description and specific duties see the Borough’s website at http://boroughofpalmyra.com/employment.