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Coaldale launches website (www.coaldaleborough.org)

Friday, November 12, 2010

By CHRIS PARKER cparker@tnonline.com

Coaldale has entered the digital age. Now, with the click of a button, people can download applications, read minutes from public meetings and even learn about the borough's history.

The site includes a calendar of events that includes meetings, trash and recycling pickup dates, applications for building, moving, occupancy and athletic fields use permits, and links to Schuylkill County government, state government and the Panther Valley School District.

Councilman Tom Keerans is pleased with the project.

"It is very refreshing to see that Coaldale has joined the 21st century information age. While the website is in its infancy, I feel that it will help the members of our community or those considering to relocate to Coaldale valuable tools to make coexistence between the borough and its residents much easier," he said.

The website, www.coaldaleborough.org, was designed by Jeffrey D. Leslie of Leztek Systems, Jim Thorpe.

Leslie also created websites for the Jim Thorpe police department.Leztek, which operates from 534 Center St., Jim Thorpe, will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As the site develops, Keerans said, the flow of information between borough government and citizens will increase.

"Along with time, we can only expect that the interaction between the borough government and it citizens will continue to grow in a positive manner, as the website matures," he said. "It has been a long time coming and I am very glad to see this to fruition."