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Allentown changes park policy, ups pool rates

Vote on solicitor removed

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown City Council approved an ordinance during Wednesday night's meeting that clarifies what can and cannot be brought into city parks and how much it will cost city residents and non-city residents to acquire swimming passes at city pools this upcoming summer.

The modifications were needed to bring the city in compliance with federal accessibility requirements and to better manage the city's park system, according to Lindsay Taylor, the city's director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Specifically, the ordinance clarifies the types of power-driven mobility devices that can be used by those with mobility impairments on shared, multi-use parkways in Lehigh Parkway.

The legislation also establishes rules for the new Dixon Street Dog Park, which is scheduled to be opened in early spring.

The bill also now prohibits swimming in creeks that run through any city park.

Council also approved a separate ordinance — Bill 10 — that includes non-resident fee increases.

  • A non-resident child's pass and adult pass for the season was increased $20, from $80 to $100.
  • A non-resident family season pass with an additional child increased $10, from $40 to $50.

The increase will generate additional revenue, which will help offset increasing costs to operate the pools.

Other business

Council removed a resolution to vote on the appointment of Daniel McCarthy to serve as the city's next solicitor.

McCarthy was nominated by former Mayor Ed Pawlowski on January 19. Council delayed voting on the nomination — along with Tom Muller's nomination as managing director — during a special meeting February 20, while the former mayor's federal corruption trial neared conclusion.

Pawlowski was later found guilty of numerous charges and resigned March 9th.

Council President and Acting Mayor Roger MacLean said Wednesday night that the legislative body met in executive season prior to their regular meeting regarding McCarthy's nomination.

No date was given for a vote, nor did they indicate that it would be voted on.

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