HARVEYS LAKE — The borough has received approval from Harrisburg for the $78,000 state Local Share Account grant that will be used to make updates and repairs on the existing police station.
The money will pay for the station’s foundation and walls to be renovated, as well as an upgrade to the air-conditioning and heating systems among other repairs. The borough now has to wait to receive the revised contract before putting the work contacts out to bid. This action is expected to take place within the next few weeks.
LSA grants are funded by casino gaming in the state.
The grant has recently been held up, due to the change in plans for the police station’s location. Initially, the police station was set to be moved to borough’s recreation center, which is located in a remote area of the lake.
Many residents voiced strong support for keeping the station at its present location, which is at the main entrance to the lake.
“We need police presence to be visible when people come into the borough, and not hidden,” Councilwoman Michell’e Boice said.
In other matters, Mayor Clarence Hogan said the borough will continue to pursue cyclists who are not obeying the law on Lakeside Drive. Hogan also said several of the summer homeowners and other residents have expressed their gratitude at the new aggressive measures being taken regarding the growing number of people who ride bikes or motorcycles around the lake and do not obey the stop signs.
Hogan also announced there will be a fireworks display at the parking lot of Our Lady of Victory Church on Sunday, Sept. 1, beginning at 8:45 pm.
The borough has hired two new part-time police officers, John Bevilaqua and Jon Van Campen. The officers will officially join the force after being certified by the borough and undergoing training by the full-time officers.