Borough Minutes

Mount Gretna Borough

March 14, 2022

Meeting

William Kleinfelter, President, called the meeting of the Mount Gretna Borough Council to order at 6:00 PM.  The meeting was held in the Mount Gretna Fire Hall due to Covid-19 concerns.

Council Members and Staff present:

William Kleinfelter, President                                     Lois Herr, Vice-President

Michael Bell                                                                        Robert Eynon

Allan Feldman                                                                   Joseph Shay, Mayor

Keith Kilgore, Solicitor

William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer

Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer                                 

Council Members Absent:   None

Also, Present:  A number of residents were present for the meeting.

POLICE REPORT:  Officer Rick Finicle presented the February police report.  A copy of the February police report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.

Public Comment:  President Kleinfelter allowed for public comment.

Julie Bucher, 415 Yale Avenue, inquired if there is a leash law for Soldiers’ Field.  Mr. Care stated that the parcel of land is in South Londonderry Township and is subject to their rules and regulations.  She should inquire with the South Londonderry Township office.

Sue Brennaman, 316 Pennsylvania Avenue, again expressed concern for verbiage in ordinance #224 which indicated that recycle bins are required to have a lid.  Council members stated that the garbage hauler does not have any concerns about lids/no-lids. 

Agenda:

Allan Feldman made a motion to accept the agenda as printed. Lois Herr seconded the motion.  All members approved.

Minutes, Financial Report and Invoices List:

Robert Eynon made a motion to accept the February meeting minutes as presented.  Allan Feldman seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

Lois made a motion to accept the February financial report and invoice listing as presented.  Allan Feldman seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority           Meeting minutes available on website – www.goglra.org

Short-Term Rental License Application Approvals:

President Kleinfelter expressed gratitude to Robert Eynon who has spent 30 plus hours of time reviewing the short-term rental applications.   

Four applications have supplied all of the necessary documentation and ready to be approved.  Lois Herr made a motion to issue short-term rental licenses to the owners of 314 Pennsylvania Avenue, 312 Lafayette Avenue, 8 Muhlenberg Avenue and 217 Lancaster Avenue.  The motion was seconded by Allan Feldman.

Several other applications including those handled by Penn Realty will be ready for final interview very soon.  A  special meeting will be scheduled for Council to review and approve these applications prior to the end of the month.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MAYOR:  No Report

MOUNT GRETNA FIRE COMPANY:   

The February Fire Company Report was read by Joseph Shay.  A copy is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes. 

SOLICITOR:   

Solicitor Kilgore reported that a Columbia Avenue property has been renting without a rental license.  He will prepare a letter to the property owner.

Associated Building Inspections has corrected and issued revised Use and Occupancy certificates for all inspected properties due to the error in the number of day guests listed on the original certificates.

ROADS AND STREETS:

Mr. Care gave the following report.

Weather Events:  The snow storm on Saturday, March 12th delivered about 4” of snow and lasted from approximately 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The staff experienced some equipment issues.  New wiring harnesses are needed for both the F-550 and the F-350 truck plows.  A new hydraulic hose is also needed for the F-550.

Storm Water Project:  The Brown Avenue storm water project started today.  It is hoped that the project will be completed in 2 weeks.

CODE ENFORCEMENT: 

New Construction:   

Lot east of 203 Lebanon Avenue – Mr. Care reported meeting with the contractor for the second time to review the plot plan.  The plans should be ready for approval at the April Council meeting.  The house number for this construction will be 201W.

Lot next to 407 Lancaster Avenue – Mr. Care has met with the contractor to review the plot plans.  Plans may be ready for review by Council at the April meeting.

203 Brown Avenue:  The construction materials have been removed from the street at 203 Brown Avenue.  The rental truck has also been removed from the parking lot.

VARIANCE REQUEST: 

New Garage:  Mr. Care met with a contractor concerning a garage addition to 410 Lancaster Avenue.  A plot plan should be available for review at the April meeting.  This plan will require a variance due to the proximity unopened Ursinus Avenue. 

LIAISONS:

Pennsylvania Chautauqua:  Allan Feldman reported:

  • Rules & Regulations committee has been working updated deed restrictions. 
  • The carvings from the Hewitt/McAnney house are being restored.  The Chautauqua Foundation is accepting donations to cover the cost of restoration. 

Mr. Care reported that the Foundation will be awarding the storm water improvement project to one of the bids at a Foundation meeting this week on Thursday.

Mount Gretna Authority:  The Campmeeting has approached the Authority to reopen discussions on a water connection.  A rate study will be required in order to move forward with negotiations.

OLD BUSINESS

NONE

NEW BUSINESS

Special Informational Meeting:  Lois Herr presented thoughts and ideas on planning a special informational event.  Council approved the concept and urged her to continue with plans suggesting that Lynne Davies and Susan Hostetter would be excellent facilitators.

Zoom Meetings:  Allan Feldman informed Council that all future Pennsylvania Chautauqua meetings will be available on Zoom and highly suggested the Borough Council do the same.  President Kleinfelter stated some misgivings with this thought and suggested that more thought must be given to the idea.

ADJOURNMENT

Michael Bell made a motion to adjourn the meeting.   Allan Feldman second the motion All were favor.

7:00 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda A. Bell ,Secretary/Treasurer

Mount Gretna Borough Council