Borough Minutes

Mount Gretna Borough

Meeting

October 11, 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, Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania.

Council Members and Staff present:

William Kleinfelter, President                                     Lois Herr, Vice-President

Michael Bell                                                                        Robert Eynon

Allan Feldman                                                                   Keith Kilgore, Solicitor

William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer

Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer                                 

Council Members Absent:   Joseph Shay, Mayor

Also, Present:  A large number of residents present

Public Comment: 

Julia Bucher, 415 Yale Avenue, stated that short and long-term rentals are not exclusive.   One property maybe rented one either basis.  Ms. Bucher also stated that the July meeting minutes stated that a property owner who does not live in the house makes the rental a business.

Joan Sherman, 411 Lancaster Avenue, question why it was discussed at the last Borough meeting the possibility of making Yale Avenue a one-way street?  Mr. Care replied that he does not believe that it would be possible.

Bryan Stahl, owner of 428 Pennsylvania, 425 Yale Avenue and 416 Yale Avenue, questioned the lost of parking spaces on Yale Avenue.   President Kleinfelter responded that this was not done on a whim.  The Fire Company measured the area prior to making the decision.   A fire engine truck was driving through the area to determine the decision.

Bryan Stahl indicated that he was aware of the Borough ordinance concerning noise, etc. and provided President Kleinfelter with a list of “house rules” which he posts in all of his rental properties.  President Kleinfelter questioned Mr. Stahl on several points in his house rules and how the rules are enforced them.  A brief discussion followed.

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:

Lois Herr made a motion to accept the September meeting minutes with minor correction.  Robert Eynon seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

Michael Bell made a motion to accept the September financial report and invoice listing as presented.  Lois Herr seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

POLICE REPORT:  Officer Peebles read the Police Report.  A coot of the September police report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes. 

Officer Peebles stated that Trick or Treat night will be observed on October 28th.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Cornwall Borough Police Dept.                                   August Police Report

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

                Adrienne & Mark Turner                                               Noise Complaint

                Borough Rental Committee                                         Rental Ordinance Review

                Concerned Chautauqua Residents            Recommended Amendments to Borough Ordinance

                Mt Gretna Fire Company                              September Report

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MAYOR:  No Report

MOUNT GRETNA FIRE COMPANY:   No Report

The September Fire Company Report was emailed to board members prior to the meeting.

SOLICITOR:

Rental Properties:  Solicitor Kilgore stated that in order to move forward with an update rental property ordinance an addition work session should be schedule in the very near future so that he has sufficient time to prepare a draft ordinance to be present at the November Council meeting.  This ordinance could then be adopted at the December meeting.  The ordinance would then be enforceable in the new year, 2022.

Lois Herr questions the “1,000 foot” issue mentioned for the new ordinance.   Allan Feldman state that he had “lots of questions” and felt that Council should address each question in Jane Zellers “Talking Points” document.  Some discussion followed and it was decided that an open work session would be the best venue for discussing these questions.  A public work session was scheduled for Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:00 PM in the Hall of Philosophy.

Lois Herr made a motion to authorize Solicitor Kilgore to prepare a draft rental property ordinance for review at the November meeting.  Michael Bell seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

ROADS AND STREETS:

Mr. Care gave the following report.

Leaf Collection Dates:  Mr. Care stated that he will probably change the leaf collection schedule for this fall.  A new notice will be email to all property owners.

Snow Removal Contacts:  As the time, two contracts have been signed and return to the Borough.

Storm Water Project:  The Brown Avenue storm water project will be resumed as soon as possible.

CODE ENFORCEMENT:  None

VARIANCE REQUEST:  None

LIAISONS:

Pennsylvania Chautauqua:  Allan Feldman reported that the Chautauqua board of managers  will meeting on Wednesday evening, October 13, 2021.

Mount Gretna Authority:  Mr. Care reported that the Authority will be replacing a portion of the sewer main on Lancaster Avenue using a “pipe burst” method.   A new process is being implemented at the treatment facility which has reduced the amount of sludge to be hauled.  Hopefully, it will continue working well and reduce the sludge hauling fees.  Booster pump station repairs are finally being made.  The inability to receive parts has caused a great deal of delay in the project.

OLD BUSINESS.

Rental Property Ordinance:  see Solicitor’s Report

NEW BUSINESS

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