The Reporter (Lansdale, PA)

Borough Council approves funding for additional security

- By John Worthingto­n jworthingt­on@montgomery­

The Perkasie Borough Council approved over $30,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for additional security in the borough.

The money will fund a new security camera system at the recycling center and electric locks on park restrooms. The new locks are meant to spare police officers from manually locking the restrooms every night.

Passed back in March 2021, the American Rescue

Plan Act is a $1.9 trillion federal economic stimulus bill aimed at helping states, counties and municipali­ties recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Perkasie Borough directly received $863,908 in ARPA funds and currently has less than $300,000 remaining. The deadline to allocate the remaining funds is December 31, 2024.

Council additional­ly approved a $25,000 grant applicatio­n for a historic district in downtown Perkasie. Council member Scott Bomboy noted that properties on the national register are eligible for a national historic preservati­on tax credit and must be repaired by FEMA in the event of a national disaster.

Another topic of discussion was maintenanc­e of the walking/biking trail. Council member David Weaver mentioned that the borough is currently clearing some trees along the trail for safety purposes. Council then took the opportunit­y to address a plan to repave the trail. Borough manager Andrea Coaxum reported that last year’s trail system funds were reallocate­d to the constructi­on of a tennis/pickleball court but anticipate­d that repaving funds would be available again next year. Council is also considerin­g grant opportunit­ies for the repaving project.

Additional­ly, Council approved a land developmen­t agreement for a new Mavis Tire at 545 Constituti­on Avenue and greenlit a planned Perkiomen Watershed Conservanc­y 5K run on March 12 from 10 to 11 a.m.

The next Perkasie Borough Council meeting is on March 6 at 7 p.m. For more informatio­n, visit perkasiebo­

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