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Bally’s Park Place May Have New Buyer
Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent

        The development known as Park Place, off 4th street in Bally, may soon be on its way to completion.

        At the Aug. 7 Bally borough council meeting, Borough Manager Leo “Boots” Mutter announced a potential buyer, as yet unnamed, is interested in finishing the project that is currently bank owned.  
        Some of the streets in phase IV of the development need to be completed.  Presently, a few of the streets, including Dogwood Street, are being used by residents but have not been dedicated to the borough because they are not finished to Bally borough’s subdivision specifications. 
        Mutter asked direction from the borough council what advice should be given to the potential buyer.  Mutter said, “He knows what the land costs and what he can do with it, but he needs to know the cost of the roads.” 
        Borough Solicitor Matt Doll suggested the buyer look at Bally’s subdivision and land development ordinance to see what is required.  Doll suggested the buyer figure the cost to fix the streets in Park Place to borough specifications.  Then get the money the buyer needs into an escrow account that has a non-negotiable letter of credit or is backed by cash. 
        There was some discussion among council members about three side streets in the development off 4th Street.  The borough is not responsible for those roadways to date because they, too, are not dedicated.  In inclement weather residents on those streets park their cars in the cartway instead of in their driveways.  One councilman expressed his concern there might be a problem with Bally’s road crews clearing the streets in a snowstorm. 
        If the borough accepts dedication of the side streets, Council Vice President Tom Leister suggested council send a letter to the homeowner’s association concerning on-street parking during a snow event.  Leister said the potential buyer of the Park Place project should “make it right” concerning the roads. 
        Doll noted he has not heard anything from Washington Township concerning its review of the borough’s planned water tower located on Church Street but in Washington Township.  Doll said there has been no response from Washington Township’s engineer, LTL Consultants. 
        In other business, Doll reported to council that Washington Township’s Solicitor Dan Becker informed him that the Washington Township Board of Supervisors dissolved its sewer authority and in the future the township will administer its sewer business. However, the township will permit its sewer authority to administer the township water business.  Doll assured the borough council that Washington Township’s decision concerning the dissolution of its sewer authority would not affect Bally.  
        Mutter informed council that a water hydrant at Elm and Church streets is “dead” and there is no water shutoff valve for it.  Council voted to immediately install a new water shutoff valve for $5,500 plus the cost of excavation.





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