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Berlin Briefs

(April 30, 2015) Among the topics discussed by the Berlin mayor and council Monday night were:
Yoga in the park
Mayor Gee Williams asked yoga instructor Emily Keen and Zenna Wellness Studio owner Chrissy Ehrhart to look for a nonprofit partner before seeking council approval for their yoga in the park project.
Keen hoped to hold the program on Sundays in Stephen Decatur Park at 6 p.m., and offered to donate partial proceeds to area teachers.
District 2 Councilmember Lisa Hall suggested the group look to Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services for a partner.
“You’re already giving free lessons to the Worcester Youth camp,” Hall said. “You’re part of their summer program of yoga. Maybe you and Worcester Youth could partner. They could be your nonprofit and you could take the money that you were talking about. Instead of giving it to the schools, you could donate it to Youth and Family Services. I think that conversation should happen.”
Williams backed the idea.
“Not to give you any influence, but I think it’s a wonderful idea,” he said.
Bulk pickup
Spring bulk trash collection in Berlin will take place on Wednesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 20. Collection is for residential properties only, and does not include regular household garbage. Vacant lots are also not included.
Items must be on the curb of the residence by 6 a.m. on the pickup date.
Acceptable pickup items include furniture, toilets and sinks, carpet, mattresses, tables and chairs, refrigerators, washers and dryers, small appliances, televisions, microwaves, computer components and small items placed in a container with a total weight less than 100 pounds.
Touch a Truck Day
The council voted to approve the second annual Touch a Truck Day for Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to noon.
The electric department, police, fire, public works, and water and sewer in Berlin will all bring large-scale town vehicles for interactive displays aimed at children.
A rain date was set for Saturday, June 20.
Strategic plan
The council unanimously approved town government’s 2016-2018 strategic plan.
“This is the plan that was the result of the multiple strategic planning sessions that we held … primarily in February and early March,” Williams said.
The plan included a statement of community values that read, “The town of Berlin is a safe, welcoming, innovative, can-do model small town that values its history, traditions and diversity. We embrace tolerance and inclusiveness.”
Three-year goals laid out under the plan included increasing parks and recreational facilities, preserving Berlin traditions, enhancing public safety services, investing in infrastructure and promoting economic development and increasing employment opportunities.
“Lego” rain date
The first showing of the Movies in the Park and on Main Street series on Saturday, April 25 was postponed due to rain. The “Lego Movie” screening was rescheduled for Saturday, May 9 at dusk in Henry Park.