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Emergency Services Tax Recommended For Bally in 2025
Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner
2024-05-08

            The Bally Borough Council Health, Safety, and Welfare Committee recommended the borough council enact a .5 mill tax for Bally Ambulance and an additional .5 mill tax to benefit the Eastern Berks Fire Company. 

            On Tuesday night the borough council noted an ordinance must be created prior to enacting an emergency service tax.  It is expected the tax bill will be levied in 2025.  Council President Glenn Mutter requested the Eastern Berks County Fire Department provide information on how long it takes the fire company to reach Bally from its new fire station.

            Borough Solicitor Tim Curley noted discussions with James Longacre for a land access agreement are proceeding smoothly.  Bally needs a second well as a backup to its current well.  It is hoped, if all proceeds according to plan, the borough will be able to place a well on the Longacre property.

            The Bally/Washington Township intergovernmental agreement concerning sewer access for Washington Township to Bally's sewer system has been accepted and signed by both municipalities.  Bally hopes to have a water agreement understanding with Washington Township shortly. 

            Completion of the digester project at the sewer plant will be extended for 30 days.  A digester system breaks down sludge in a sewer system.  The borough council agreed to release some funds in the amount of $41,122.80 to Blooming Glen Construction for the digester project.  

            On May 20th the Bally Planning Commission will meet to discuss approval for Camp Camino's sewer.

            The borough council gave conditional approval for Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church to construct a 126-square-foot bathroom facility.  The church does not need a development plan because the new bathroom is a "de minimus" use of the property.  The entire church grounds encompass approximately 15 acres including the cemetery.  The neighboring property must agree that there would be no surface water runoff onto their property. 

            Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church is one of the oldest Catholic Churches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  It dates to approximately 1741.

            The borough council will not permit private groups to use the borough's senior center facility.

            On May 10th, there will be a bike rodeo from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Saint Francis Academy parking lot, 668 Pine St.  Helmets are required. 

            There will be a bake sale at the Bally Pool on May 18th.  The rain date is May 19th.  Proceeds from the bake sale, sponsored by Bally Area Recreational Development Society (BARDS), will benefit the community pool.  The community-wide yard sale will be held May 17, 18, 19.  Recently, BARDS paid to seal coat the pool parking lot.

            Rayne Reitenaur, a Democratic candidate for the position of Pennsylvania State Representative in the 130th district of Berks County, visited Bally Borough Council.  Reitenauer noted she will visit all the municipalities in the 130th district with the intent to understand the concerns of each municipality.
 


 

 

 

 

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