New Cumberland City Council heard a request to donate a portion of its COVID Recovery Act Funds to the Sexual Assault Help Program at its December 6 meeting.   Ashlee Carpenter, representing the program, assured Council that those funds could be used by her organization saying the organization met the guidelines since the Sexual Assault Help Program is a non-profit.   Council declined to make the donation until City Clerk Tammy Jenkins researches whether such donations were permissible.

Council heard from Ashlee Murphy   representing the Oak Glen Jr. Bears’ Basketball League.    The group previously rented the multipurpose room/gym, but has now located their program at the Community House.      Murphy asked that the basketball equipment owned by the City and located in the Multipurpose room/gym be donated to the group.    Since the equipment is owned by the City, according to State statute it must be auctioned off.  A public notice on the auction has been posted and the auction will be held Dec. 16.

In other business,  Council:

**Learned a bid had yet to be received on the removal of the  tree near the Veteran’s Memorial near the Swaney Library;

**Agree to give Park Board volunteers  a one-time Christmas check;

** Appointed newly appointed Mike Watkins as co-chair of the Street Committee.  Watkins was appointed to fill the late Brian Webster’s Council seat.   Councilman Don Blankenship serves as Street Committee chair replacing former Councilman Larry Binkoski who resigned his seat when he moved out of town.