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Bethlehem to test Lockbox bill collection

Repairs to pool house to be covered by storm damage money

— “This is basically a perk (the bank) is offering in a competitive marketplace as a way to encourage us to keep our business there,” said Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn in answer to Dawson’s questions. “This is a pilot as the supervisor discussed and I really don’t see any downsides here.”

The town would be able to stop use of the service at any time without penalty and a scanned copy of all checks would be made available to the town.

Clarkson said he feels the program will work and the potential savings are “too good to overlook.”

Pool house repairs approved

Also at the April 11 meeting, the use of $100,000 was authorized from the Recreation Capital Reserve Fund to use for the town’s share toward an alternative project in lieu of replacing the bridge over Onesquethaw Creek damaged in last year’s hurricane.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency would allow a plan to demolish the bridge, secure the embankments, and use the remainder of federal and state aid to go toward replacing the roof over the Elm Avenue Park Pool House if the new project is shovel ready.

$100,000 had been budgeted in 2011 for basic repairs to the roof, but upon further inspection there was significant damage to some of the roof’s support beams. Town officials said the roof is currently safe, but if the alternative project isn’t approved the town would need to find $300,000 in the near future to pay for the repairs.

According to estimates, it would take nearly $575,000 to fully restore the rail bridge, which is rarely used. Instead, the town will use about $200,000 of federal and state aid money to demolish the bridge and use the remaining $300,000 to replace the pool house roof.

The town would need to contribute around $62,500 to complete the plan, but the figure could grow depending on actual costs of the project. The numbers now are based on estimates.

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