Borough Minutes

Mount Gretna Borough

Meeting Minutes

May 10, 2021

William Kleinfelter, President, called the meeting of the Mount Gretna Borough Council to order at 6:00 PM.  The meeting was held in the Hall of Philosophy. 

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: 

Julia Bucher – 415 Yale Avenue

John Mitchell – 420 Pennsylvania Avenue (present for public comment only)

Public Comment: 

Julia Bucher stated that the “no parking” signs on Yale Avenue are leaning into the roadway.

John Mitchell expressed his concerns with vegetation growing on/or near electric power lines which causes a fire hazard.  See attached copy of Mr. Mitchell’s letter to the Borough which is heretofore made part of the minutes.

Mr. Care suggested requesting a MetEd representative to attend the June Council meeting.

CODE ENFORCEMENT: 

Mr. Care reported that a resident of Lancaster Avenue has filed a complaint concerning construction noise at 402 Yale Avenue in “off” hours and on Sundays.  The complainant also stated that the contactor has harassed him.

Council discussed this on-going noise ordinance violation at length and how best to deal with the situation. 

Council members requested that a meeting be scheduled to discuss topics of concern with the new police chief, Brett Hopkins.  Mr. Care will arrange for a special meeting and also invite Chief Hopkins to attend the June Council meeting.

Agenda:

Lois Herr made a motion to accept the agenda as presented.  Robert Eynon seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

Minutes, Financial Report and Invoices List:

Lois Herr made a motion to accept the April meeting minutes.  Michael Bell seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

Allan Feldman questioned the number or rental licenses issued and indicated that it was his opinion that property owners are renting their houses without securing a license.  Mr. Feldman also questioned the amount of dollars spend so far this year for equipment repairs.

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

POLICE REPORT:  The April police report was emailed to all Council members in advance of the meeting.  A copy of the report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.

Chief Harris retired as of May 7, 2021.  Brett Hopkins is now the Chief of the Cornwall Borough Police Department. 

COMMUNICATIONS:

Cornwall Borough Police Dept.                   April Police Report

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

                Lebanon Library Newsletter

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MAYOR:  No Report

MOUNT GRETNA FIRE COMPANY:   Mayor Shay reviewed the April Fire Company report.  April was a quiet month with a total of only nine calls.  A copy of the report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.

SOLICITOR:

Ordinance #223:  Lois Herr made a motion to adopt Ordinance #223, Sign Ordinance.  Allan Feldman seconded the motion.   All were in fav or.

American Rescue Plan:  Solicitor Kilgore stated that the Borough is the recipient of $20,000.00 via the American Rescue Plan.  The monies may only be used for certain expenditures such as infrastructure.

ROADS AND STREETS:

Mr. Care gave the following report.

Leaf and Brush Collection:  The first brush collection for the spring has been completed.  Leaf collection is underway.

Pinch Road:  PennDot did clean a portion of the leaves from the Campmeeting side of Pinch Road and some repairs were made to the paving.  The end wall at Muhlenberg Avenue still has not been repaired.

Speed Signs:  The batteries operation the speed signs do not last very long.  Mr. Care requested permission to purchase solar powered signs at an approximate cost of $3,000.00 or conversion kits to convert current signs to solar power at an approximate cost of $900.00.  Council members briefly discussed the options.  Allan Feldman recommended that letters be sent to the Chautauqua, Campmeeting, Heights and event planners requesting donations toward the cost.

Snow Removal Contracts:  Mr. Care stated snow removal contracts are up for renewal and that the entities who currently hold snow removal contracts are open to having five (5) year contracts.   Solicitor Kilgore will proceed with preparing the contacts.

Street Repairs:  Curbing repairs have been completed.

Tree Removal:  The property owners of 12 Muhlenberg Avenue reported that a very large tree located to the rear of 10 Muhlenberg Avenue was in danger of falling on their house.  Mr. Care contacted the owner of the dangerous tree.   The owners of the tree agreed to pay the cost for removal.  Climb High Tree Service was employed to take the tree down. 

VARIANCE REQUEST:  None

LIAISONS:

Pennsylvania Chautauqua:  Allan Feldman reported that the Chautauqua will be holding a special meeting on May 21, 2021 to secure Stockholder’s permission to transfer ownership of Soldiers’ Field to the Pennsylvania Chautauqua Foundation.  This will allow DCNR to grant monies to the Foundation to cover the cost of the purchase and upgrades to the area.

Mount Gretna Authority:  Mr. Care reported that DEP has issued a preliminary six-year permit to the Mount Gretna Authority treatment facility.    Per a meeting with DEP representative on May 6, 2021 a one-year extension was granted for the Authority to meet the new ammonia limits. 

Mr. Care also reported on staffing issued due to the additional time involved in maintaining the treatment plant because of changes to meet the new copper and ammonia limits.

OLD BUSINESS.

Tree Committee:  The committee plans to meet in the near future to finalize its recommendations to Council.  The final recommendations will be reviewed by Council at a work session to be scheduled prior to the June Council meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

NONE

ADJOURNMENT

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

7:05 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda A. Bell

Secretary/Treasurer

Mount Gretna Borough Council