Preparing for its move to a new municipal complex, Emmaus Borough Council Monday night unanimously passed resolutions preparing for the sale of borough offices and other property.
Borough Hall at 28 S. 4th St., the fire and police stations, parking lots and an undeveloped 18-acre parcel on the hillside on Second Street, will eventually be sold, with the money being used toward the borough’s new headquarters in the former Rodale building on E. Minor Street.
Renovations at the Rodale building, expected for use by late spring 2017, are estimated to cost about $4 million over 10 years, borough manager Shane Pepe, said. The borough last year purchased the 58,000-square-foot Rodale property to replace the 10,500-square-foot Borough Hall, which has become too small and has no room to expand.
After the meeting, council Vice President Wesley Barrett, chairman of the General Administration Committee, said the borough’s property will be sold in phases over the next five to 10 years.
Barrett said he expects Borough Hall, at an attractive location close to the resurgent downtown, to be sold first, followed by the wooded 18-acres on Second Street and finally the police station on W. Jubilee Street and fire station on Sixth Street.
“This is very preemptive,” he said, adding that the individual resolutions were intended to prepare all the properties for eventual sale to ensure clean, orderly bookkeeping.
In other business, council unanimously passed a resolution hiring retired Easton Fire Chief John Price as the borough’s director of emergency services effective Oct. 3; his annual salary, prorated for this year, will be $72,000.
Price will oversee both the ambulance and fire departments.
Also, Mayor Winfield Iobst set Oct. 28 as trick-or-treat night between 6 and 8 p.m.