Borough council also clarifies lease issues for library.

Written by Marge Rumbaugh – Reading Eagle correspondent

Fleetwood, PA —

At a workshop meeting Monday, Fleetwood Borough Council heard from an adult pickleball group and the Fleetwood Area Community Library.

Kim Fella thanked the borough and recreation board for opening the community center along Arch Street to pickleball. The group has 50-plus members and typically has 25 to 30 players on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. She said that the group is growing by word of mouth and the game is is like an addiction” for those who play.

Lee Turner, who organizes and schedules the pickleball games, said that participants are using three courts and want to continue, but the Surge Volleyball Club asked them to only use two courts.

Surge Volleyball rents gym space from the borough Monday through Friday from 1 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The pickleball group would like Surge to take down the volleyball nets so the nets don’t interfere with the pickleball games.

The lease doesn’t stipulate whether Surge must take down the volleyball nets so other community groups can use the space unimpeded.

Council Vice President Peter Merkel emphasized that the gym is also for borough residents, and noted that pickleball is “the fastest growing sport in the nation.”

Council President Suzanne Touch stressed that the lease revenue from Surge Volleyball helps the borough avoid tax increases. She will discuss the issue with Ron Humer, the club’s founder and director.

In another matter, Lois Geitz, president of the library’s board of trustees, asked for clarification on lease issues.

First, the library needs access to the community center’s first-floor restrooms, especially during the upcoming library renovation. Council granted the request.

Next, Geitz and council discussed the need for security, especially when the adjacent borough offices are closed but the library is open, such as on Saturdays and some holidays. Council agreed to provide security for the library Monday through Saturday, and to negotiate other times.

Carin Mileshosky, library director, said the library is considering Sunday hours, especially when there is a volleyball tournament on Saturdays, when limited parking cuts library attendance. Mileshosky said that the library would like to have two entrances available when it’s open. Council agreed.

Mileshosky also asked about asbestos removal and learned it would occur on April 1.

Finally, Turner — the pickleball organizer — noted the library plans to initiate a capital campaign in the next six to eight months to raise additional funds for its renovation. Council previously budgeted $50,000 for library plumbing and HVAC renovations.

In other business, council discussed if the island on Linden Street is a borough or homeowners association’s responsibility. The solicitor will research deeds and report back.

It also considered the best way to operate the concession stand in the summer. Options include an outside vendor, hiring a seasonal part-time employee, or installing vending machines. Council decided to hire a seasonal part-time employee to get better recordkeeping and learn the actual costs to run the stand.

Finally, council awarded a $63,900 contract to Richard Sensenig Co. of Ephrata to repair the Chestnut Street warehouse roof. The contract has a not-to-exceed amount of $75,000 to cover additional time-and-material expenses to repair rotted wood.

The borough used Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program, which permits it to bypass the competitive bidding process, for the roof project. Some council members noted it could cost over $100,000 if it opened the contract to bids.

Councilman Colin Boyer abstained.

Contact the city desk: 610-371-5012 or [email protected]


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