The Quakertown Borough Council was thinking spring on Wednesday when they approved a resolution to move forward with a state grant for the Krupp Park Project. The grant is for approximately $400,000 and, along with the almost $335,000 already obtained, is one step closer to construction of a new park which would include an amphitheater, bathrooms, trails, landscaping, and fountain.
The 12-acre site will not include ball or athletic fields.
Officials said before proceeding with the grant process, they must obtain permission from Richland Township as approximately seven acres of the property is in that municipality.
The Department of Environmental Protection Superfund Program previously completed a $3 million cleanup project at the site as it was discovered to have contaminated soil.
The site previously was home to the Krupp Foundry which operated for 52 years at Mill and Fourth streets near the library.
Council members also approved two-year contract extensions for the borough’s police department through 2014 with salary increases – 3 percent in 2013 and 3 percent in 2014. The rest of the contract will remain the same.
Council moved to spend approximately $2 million to remove naturally occurring arsenic from three of their wells, which are offline. The wells, numbered 7, 8, and 9, will be remediated and further testing will be completed.
In lighter news, the American Bulldog Rescue’s request to hold a Dog Egg Hunt in Memorial Park on April 28 was approved.
Quakertown’s YMCA will be holding a Cinco de Mayo 5K run on May 2 at 7 p.m., it is believed the route has changed from previous years.
The American Legion will be conducting the Memorial Day Parade on May 28 as requested.
Quakertown Council Clean-up Day will be held on April 21 with a rain date of April 28. Anyone interested in volunteering to help should report to the front steps of borough hall by 8:45 a.m.
The Pride of Quakertown’s request to hold a Dash and Dip on July 21 was also granted. The event, a 5k walk/run, concludes with free admission into the Quakertown Community Pool.