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From the Vault: News from the Aug. 7, 1985 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 8/2/17

In this town, every drop counts

Middletown water customers must reduce the amount of water they use, according to a water conservation resolution passed by Borough Council Monday night. The …

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From the Vault: News from the Aug. 7, 1985 edition of the Press & Journal


In this town, every drop counts

Middletown water customers must reduce the amount of water they use, according to a water conservation resolution passed by Borough Council Monday night. The resolution, though, contains no penalties for customers who fail to conform.

The conservation program is council’s response to Borough Authority recommendations that water use restrictions would help Middletown’s diminishing water supply through the summer.

To further conserve water, Council also took the first step toward adopting a borough ordinance that would require water-conserving plumbing fixtures to be installed in all buildings to be constructed or remodeled in Middletown. Council agreed to advertise that ordinance.

What’s prohibited

Council’s water use restrictions prohibit residents from washing cars, trucks, trailers and boats; filling or topping off domestic swimming pools; washing sidewalks, driveways, streets and roads, garages, parking lots, patios and tennis courts; and, in most cases, watering lawns.

Restaurants may wash down their parking lots for health reasons, using as little water as possible, and residents may wash their driveways before recoating or sealing them.

Newly installed sod or seed may be watered between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. In residential areas, the watering may be done only with a handheld container, or with a handheld hose fitted with an automatic shutoff nozzle. Seed and sod watering in non-residential areas larger than 10,000 square feet may be done using any water-conserving method.

Gardens, landscaped areas, trees, shrubs and other outdoor plants may be watered between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m., but the watering must be done with a handheld container or a handheld hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. New outdoor plants may be installed and watered with the same restrictions.

The conservation measure suggests, “Sources of water, other than fresh water, should be used where available.”

The water conservation measure allows only those car washes that recycle water or use timed dispensing devices to continue operating. The timed equipment must restrict water flow to no more than three gallons per minute.

It’s been a good year for Sunset Golf Course

Londonderry Township supervisors learned Monday night that they may have the unique pleasure of dealing with an unprecedented cash surplus in the operation of Sunset Golf Course, a municipally owned sports facility.

The monthly report to the Board of Supervisors from Ed Keane, golf course manager, stated that earnings for the first seven months of 1985 have reached $193,402 and indicate that the facility may be on its way to a record year.

In presenting Keane’s report, Joyce Lingle, township secretary, said receipts for July totaled $52,087, making it one of the best months Sunset has ever experienced. She later acknowledged that revenues at the municipal course could set a new record and would almost certainly exceed $300,000 for the first time.

Lingle noted that receipts for the full year in 1984 reached $263,327.

With more than $193,000 generated already this year and with five months remaining, Lingle suggested that the board may have its first opportunity to see how it would feel to deal with a surplus in its funding for the golf course.

Following the meeting, Lingle said that the board usually has to transfer money from the general fund account to cover budget deficits in golf course operation. She said that, to the best of her memory, there was only one year when receipts were sufficient to meet expenditures.

Councilman approved for borough job despite ethics dispute

Personnel decisions drew considerable fire on Monday night as a majority of Borough Council members approved the hiring of the Borough Council president as a water department employee and renewed a contract with the current director of public works and utilities.

Melvin Seiders, now completing the last of eight years on Council, began work as a temporary borough employee on June 24. At the July 1 meeting of Council, members declined to vote on their president’s permanent hire prior to an opinion from the state Ethics Commission regarding the question of the elected official wearing two hats in the borough.

At Monday night’s meeting, however, the issue was again brought up, and before a decision from the commission was rendered, Seiders was hired by a 4-3 vote of Council.

Second Ward Councilman David Judy asked why the group was to vote without the advice it agreed to seek just one month earlier.

Headlines from the edition

• M-Town senior girls top all in Metro East softball

• Mel Hershey named new chief of Londonderry Fire Company

• School lists new eligibility requirements for free lunch

• Highspire Puttin’ on the Ritz for Aug. 16-18 celebration

Hot buys

• Buy one remnant, get one half price. 18-by-27-inch throw rugs, $1 each. Two-foot hallway runners, $15. Moore’s Carpet, 16 S. Union St., Middletown.

• August special on quality coal, as low as $85 per ton. Curry’s Heating-Cooling, 848 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey.

• Bow packages as low as $99, and tree stands and climbers starting at $45. Everything for the archer. On Target Archery and Fishing Supply, 201 W. Main St., Hummelstown.

• Three blackboard specials every day at a special price from $4.95 to $7.95, includes soup and salad bar. Edie’s House of Home Cooking, 61 2nd St., Highspire.