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POTTSTOWN — Borough council may approve a new lease with the Olivet Boys and Girls Club to use the Ricketts Center that would include borough-funded replacement of the roof and upgrading the heating/air-conditioning system.
Currently, council is considering a five-year lease agreement that would begin in September and extend to Dec. 31, 2019.
“During that time, the borough obligation would be to continue to fund the Ricketts Center at its present level of funding, which is $40,000 a year,” Borough Solicitor Charles D. Garner Jr. said at Wednesday night’s committee of the whole meeting of council. “That’s obviously a whole lot less than what the borough was spending on the Ricketts Center 10 years ago.”
Garner said the “success of the Olivets has helped significantly in running the programs and relieve the borough of some of that financial obligation” in parks and recreation. Programs have also grown over the five years the Olivet Boys and Girls Club has run the center, according to Garner.
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Jahlil Acosta, 11, of Reading likes to be outside and play tag, ride his bike or even enjoy the snow.
And he doesn’t mind being warm when he does it.
“I like the black and tan coat, it’s my favorite color,” he said after standing in front of a selection of hooded coats ranging in colors from pink and red to peach and robin’s egg blue.
To keep away winter’s chill, Jahlil and his friend Jubriell Santos, 10, of Reading were among the first children Thursday at the Oakbrook Unit of the Olivet Boys & Girls Club to have their pick of puffy outerwear from a selection of coats of many colors, not one of them used.