POTTSTOWN, PA — For more than three years, borough government has been urging Pottstown’s four independent fire companies to come up with some plan for consolidating.
Earlier this month, the clock started ticking for real when the borough issued a letter to all four companies notifying them that the fire service agreement between them and the borough would be terminated at the end of the year and starting in 2015, the borough will only sign one fire services agreement with a single, consolidated fire company.
Unlike the police department, fire protection in Pottstown is not under the direction of borough government, but instead is provided by four independent volunteer fire companies over which Pottstown Fire Chief Richard Lengel has operational control during a fire.
But in matters of their own affairs, such as finances, the election of officers and the like, the fire companies are independent.
POTTSTOWN, PA — So do you like pancakes?
Do you really, REALLY like pancakes.
Then you need to get yourself, family, friends and neighbors down to the Goodwill Fire Company on Saturday morning when an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The breakfast includes the afore-mentioned pancakes, plus bacon, sausage, coffee, tea, water and orange juice.
Tickets are $7 in advance and Friday is the last day to buy advance tickets.
POTTSTOWN, PA — With civic groups working to make Pottstown “the place to be” for Halloween, it would be remiss not to mention the event that got it all started — the Halloween Parade.
As Halloween-parade lovers may recall, last year’s parade almost didn’t happen when it was revealed that the organizers did not have the fee waiver they thought they had from borough council.
Council eventually agreed to pay half the fee for police overtime services to $2,500, but it was a scramble to come up with the money.
Dick Frantz is the Pottstown Rotary Club’s point man on parade matters and he said the club, which co-sponsors the parade with the Pottstown AMBUCS, hopes to avoid that last minute scramble this year.
Editor’s note: Hallelujah! This makes complete sense and will help the borough budget! Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up!
POTTSTOWN, PA — One of the four firehouses in the borough is up for sale and the fire company that has occupied it for 92 years will be moving into another firehouse by December.
Mark Gibson, a longtime member of the Empire Hook and Ladder Co. and its designated spokesman in this matter, confirmed that Empire will move into space at the Goodwill Fire Company on High Street and has put the 7,970-square-foot Empire firehouse at Chestnut and Franklin streets on the market.
The asking price is about $225,000.
Empire members voted overwhelmingly to endorse the move early in the year, he said.