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Thursday, September 25, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Borough to apply for grant for restroom

Northampton Borough Council Sept. 18 authorized its community planner to apply for a state grant for the purchase of a state-of-the art portable restroom facility.

Community Planner Victor Rodite was instructed to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the funding. Council adopted the resolution in a unanimous vote to seek state funding.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said the aluminum portable restroom will serve males and females and have hot running water.

One major benefit is the facility could be moved to various locations and events in the borough.

"We could place it a Canal Park when we have concerts, the Halloween parade and at Canal Park where the NAA has a lot of children for its programs," Zarayko said.

The facility could also be used in emergencies. Other municipalities could also apply to use the portable restroom facility.

Zarayko explained the cost for the facility is $65,000, much more than the earlier $35,000 projected cost. The borough's share, if the grant is approved, is $6,500.

Rodite said the savings to the borough is significant, approximately $1 million. The facility would eliminate the need for the borough to build another seven to eight restroom facilities.

"It has more than one individual use," Councilman Ed Pany said.

The borough is looking to 2015 to erect the restroom facility if Harrisburg approves the grant.