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Bally Hesitant to Provide Water to Washington Twp.
Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent
2023-05-03

            The Bally Borough Council announced on Tuesday night that Washington Township requested Bally Municipal Authority provide water for additional customers.  Unfortunately, until the borough can acquire a second alternate well, the water authority is hesitant to provide water for more customers.

            The borough council announced that the proposed Well #5, located on the former Shuler property along Route 100, is still considered a candidate for a new well.  It might cost extra money to use the well due to Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) concerns about the impact on a nearby wetland.  If the Shuler property well can be used, Bally will have access to water from two different ends of the borough. 

            Testing, several years ago, by Bally's Hydrogeologist, Mike McCamley, found the water at the well to be plentiful and very clear. Bally Borough and Washington Township are in the process of reviewing the amended sewer agreement between the two municipalities.

            The borough council agreed to purchase a new water billing system, CUSI, at a cost of $15,240 with an annual maintenance fee of $3,700.  With the purchase of the billing system, property owners can check their accounts online.

            Bally will award a bid to pave Pine Street and North Church Street at a cost of $210, 051.96 to Haines & Kibblehouse.  Paving North Church Street will be deducted from the borough sewer fund.  Pine Street will be paved through the borough's general fund.  Paving for the basketball court will be paid through a $100,000 recreation grant the borough recently received.  After paving, engineering, and stormwater are paid for, playground equipment will be purchased with the remaining grant funds.

            Bally would like to expand its municipal building to provide more room for its police force.  The borough is in the process of seeking a grant to fund the project.

            Because of aggressive dogs and their owners in the borough park, the borough council agreed to place three cameras in the park to monitor bad behavior.  Borough Solicitor R. Tim Curley will investigate placing signs in the park warning dog owners to control their pets.  Both the borough and state have leash laws that require dogs to be leashed and under control when they are off their property.

            Four trees that will be planted in the park were ordered and paid for by the borough council.  As yet, the trees have not been delivered. 

The pool will be filled on May 15th.  The pool pavilion has a new concrete slab. 

The borough council announced Carol Graves donated three benches for the borough park. 

The Bally Community Yard Sale will be held on May 5th, 6th, and 7th. 

The tractor show will be held on May 13th with a rain date of May 14th.

            The Eastern Berks Fire Company fund drive is continuing.

            Bally Borough Council will hold its July borough council meeting on Wednesday, July 5 at 7 p.m.


 

 

 

 

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