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PV Student Receives Award from Mayor at Trappe Council Meeting

A Good Citizenship Award and new opportunities for the Trappe Ambulance Company were part of the November Trappe Borough meeting.

"I am pleased to award this 'Borough of Trappe Certificate of Achievement' to Paul Edwards for his efforts in attaching 190 decals on storm drain inlets," said Trappe Mayor Connie Peck.

Edwards, a junior at Perkiomen Valley High School, completed the work in an effort to make people aware that what goes into the storm drains affects the waterways. His work not only saved the borough money, but assisted Trappe in meeting MS4 requirements.

During the public forum of the Nov. 1 monthly Trappe Borough Council meeting, Clint Tichnell, Deputy Chief of EMS, informed Trappe Council, and the public, of partnerships the Trappe Ambulance Company is seeking.

"We've got an increase in budget expenses and a decrease in reimbursements, which led us to looking at the business of non-emergency transport," Tichnell said. "This will not affect the 911 services we provide for Trappe. This would be in addition to our current services."

The ambulance company is seeking partnerships with Pottstown Hospital as well as a partnership with Lehigh Valley Hospital.

During the mayor's report, Connie Peck stated that she got positive feedback on Trappe Days, but that attendance was lower than in the past due to numerous weather-related postponements. Mayor Peck performed two marriages over the past month. One of the marriages involved a groom who was on temporary leave from Afghanistan and was heading back into service following the wedding. Mayor Peck also hosted Cub Scout troop 87 for a re-enactment of a borough council meeting.

"The only difference was that we had milk and Oreos following the meeting," she joked.

The mayor acknowledged the 100th anniversary of the Trappe Fire Company. She thanked the fire company for their "big hearts and dedication," which got a round of applause from council and the audience. She further noted that Fire Chief Brian Long received several awards at a recent banquet held in Coatesville, PA.

Borough Manager Jacqui Guenther requested council approval for several resolutions. Council endorsed a resolution to support the PA Growing Greener program. The council also acknowledged Berkheimer Associates' request for a schedule for the collection of delinquent taxes. This item will be included on the December meeting agenda.

Guenther informed council of an application for a $10,000 PECO grant to help offset costs for a path from Main Street to Rambo Park. This is a matching grant, which means the borough would also need to put in $10,000.

Lynn Fleischer, speaking on behalf of the Trappe Business Association (TBA), invited all Trappe businesses and council members to a mixer on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 at the Trappe Tavern.

Under the "Streets, Traffic and Safety" report, Councilman Edwards reported that the state police responded to 47 calls last month. The fire company had 17 calls and the Trappe Ambulance responded to 103 calls. As October was Fire Prevention month, the Trappe Fire Company visited 10 area schools and spoke to 420 children about fire safety.

Diane DeCurtis, of Trappe Today and Tomorrow (TTT), reported that the organization has filed for 501c3 status. They are in the process of forming a historical committee with the idea of walking and bus tours to visit Trappe's historical sites. Council President Fred Schuetz expressed council's desire to support TTT with any grant efforts to assist in the group's mission.

Tickets are still available for the Trappe Barn Dance on Nov. 12. The next Trappe Borough Council meeting will be held Dec. 6. The public is invited to attend.

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8! Trappe residents can vote at Trappe Borough Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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