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Two police officers promoted in Pottstown

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - To kick off its Tuesday night meeting, Pottstown Borough Council promoted two police officers.

Police Cpl. Thomas Leahan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and Officer Michael Breslin was promoted to the rank of Corporal in a brief ceremony. Both appointments were effective immediately.

Mayor Stephanie Henrick presented the officers with their new badges and certificates marking their achievement.

Interim Fire Marshal Richard Lengel made a presentation to the council to mark Fire Prevention Week. Lengel noted that major fires are down for the year but, for the first time, total calls are projected to exceed 1,000 in the year. False alarms in 2018 have increased to an average of 26 per month compared to an average of 22 per month in 2017. A major cause of the increase in false alarms is that reported cooking fires are up and these are included in false alarm statistics.

Council President Dan Weand reported that the assessed value of property in Pottstown increased to $772 million as of August, 2018. That’s an increase from $762 million at the start of the year. Weand attributed the increase to several new investments in the downtown area.

Weand also reported that at the end of August, revenues reached 81 percent of the budget while expenses were at 59 percent.

Other Business

Moving quickly through a packed agenda, the council:

Adopted a Resolution approving an application to PennDOT for a 2-year grant in the amount of $99,884, with no local match, to assist with the DUI Checkpoint and Enforcement Program.

Adopted a resolution authorizing the application to the 2018 PECO Green Region Open Space program for the Spruce Street Park Playground project.

Granted the request of Fly-Elite, LLC, to hold its annual open house at the Pottstown Municipal Airport on Oct. 13, 2018 (rain date Oct. 14), subject to review and approval of the police and fire departments.

Granted the request of the Victory Christian Life Center to hold its Light the Night event on Oct. 31, 2018, 3-9 p.m. Washington Street will be closed between King Street and Buttonwood Alley, subject to review and approval of the police and fire departments.

Granted request of Janet Freedline to hold an annual Halloween Trick or Treat event on Oct. 31, 2018, 4:30-9 p.m. Franklin Street, from Diamond to Wilson Street, will be closed for the event subject to review and approval of the police and fire departments.

Approved Certificates of Appropriateness for the following properties as recommended by HARB (Historical Area Review Board): 860 Beech St. aka 717 High St.; 1200 High St.; 100 North Hanover St.; 64 King St.

Ratified action of the Building Permit Officer approving a Certificate of Appropriateness for the property located at 844 High St.

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