Last updated: June 17. 2014 11:13PM - 1008 Views
By Susan Bettinger Times Leader Correspondent

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HARVEYS LAKE — Borough Council on Tuesday night approved by a vote of 4-1 the purchase of the old Villa Roma building for the purpose of moving the police department and all the borough’s municipal offices into the new location.

The building was purchased from Lillian Sacco at a cost of $380,000, with the condition that it pass the necessary inspection process. Council members Daniel Blaine, Bill Hilburt, Amy Williams and Vice Chairman Thomas Kehler voted for the purchase.

Council President Michell’e Boice voted against, while council members Carole Samson and Ed Kelly were not in attendance.

In other matters, Bill Hilburt presented recent Lake-Lehman High School graduate Austin Harry with an awarded for outstanding high school student. Hilburt said this is the first year for the award, but the borough plans on making it an annual presentation.

Harry finished his senior year with a 3.79 GPA, class rank of 26 out of 117. He also earned second place in the Future Business Leaders of America Regional Competition for agribusiness. In addition, Harry earned several athletic accomplishments, such as 2014 Hooper Award Winner, Times Leader Wrestler of the Year, and the fifth-most wins in District 2 history for wrestling.

Harry also was the soccer co-captain during his junior and senior years.

Harry will attend the West Point Preparatory School this year before entering the military academy.

Princeton Hydro’s Fred Lubnow reported the floating wetland islands that have recently been installed at the lake are working out well, with the exception of the island that had originally been placed at Point Breeze.

That one was “moving around,” Lubnow said. He said it will need to be relocated.

Also, water testing kits for wells will be available to residents at a discounted cost of $95 (regular cost is $225) on June 30. All residents are encouraged to purchase the kit, which consists of comprehensive package of drinking water tests.

Water Research Center and National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. together with the Harveys Lake EAC are providing the test kits.

The tests will be conducted on Saturday morning, July 21. On Saturday morning, Aug. 4, a free follow-up Q&A session on water well systems and non-point source pollution issues will be held. The Q&A session is open to all residents, not just those testing their wells.

For further information, contact Denise Sult at 570-639-3305.

The next council meeting will be July 15 at 7:30 p.m.

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