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Emmaus Borough council makes several financial decisions

By Olivia Albright, Assignment Editor / Web Producer, OAlbright@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 19 2013 10:36:58 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 19 2013 10:49:29 PM CDT
EMMAUS, Pa. -

The dissolution of South Mountain Ambulance has proved lucrative for the Borough of Emmaus.

Shane Pepe, the borough manager for Emmaus, announced at the Monday night Emmaus council meeting that Emmaus will be receiving $100,250 up front of the liquid assets from South Mountain Ambulance.

The grand total of $265,000 will be shared between Emmaus and Upper Saucon Township. Emmaus plans to use that money to buy medic packs for their ambulance corps.

The Emmaus Borough council voted to approve the settlement on Monday night.

Emmaus may also see some increased revenue from their sales of Gamewell Fire Alarm Boxes.

Through Nov. 1, one box per household will be available for purchase at $150 each.

The funds raised from these sales will benefit the Emmaus Fire Department.

The council donated one box to the Emmaus Historical Society already.

Council approved some new streetlights for various locations of Emmaus as well.

The main exit of Emmaus High School’s parking lot opening onto North Street and a few spots on Ridge Street and Walnut Street are very dark, according to Wesley Barrett, an Emmaus councilmember.

This motion passed five to two despite some concerns that the expense may be unnecessary since only one resident asked about the lighting.

PPL will own the streetlights and Emmaus Borough will pay their electric bill.