Borough Minutes

MOUNT GRETNA BOROUGH

MINUTES

July 10, 2017

Charles Allwein, President, called the meeting of the Mount Gretna Borough Council to order at 7:00 PM. The meeting was held in the Boardroom, rear of the Post Office building, Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania.

Council Members and Staff present:

Charles Allwein, President             Virginia Minnich, Vice President

Michael Bell                                     William Kleinfelter

Lois Herr                                           Joseph Shay, Mayor

Keith Kilgore, Solicitor                     Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer

William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer

Council Members Absent: None

Also Present:

Robert Moritz, resident 112 Temple Avenue

Dr. Charles Pitt, resident 110 Pennsylvania Avenue

Marla Pitt, resident 110 Pennsylvania Avenue

Robert Gokey, resident 403 Yale Avenue

Officer Candace Miller – Cornwall Borough Police Department (for police report only)

President Allwein recognized the visitors and thanked Virginia Minnich for chairing the June meeting.

Minutes, Financial Report and Invoices List:

Lois Herr made a motion to accept the June meeting minutes. Virginia Minnich seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Lois Herr made a motion to accept the June financial report and invoice listing as presented. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.

POLICE REPORT:

Officer Miller read the June police report. A copy of this report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.

COMMUNICATIONS:

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

Lebanon Community Library                                    Newsletter

Lebanon County Tax Collections Committee        Dissolution of Lebanon County EIT Bureau*

Fulton Bank                                                               Interest Rate for Savings

PUBLIC COMMENT: (see old business)

VARIANCE REQUEST: Robert Gokey reviewed his proposed plan for an off-street parking area in front of his property at 403 Yale Avenue.   Mr. Gokey was asked to prepare a complete detailed plan on a sealed survey for the August meeting.

Lois Herr made a motion to tentatively approve an easement agreement between the Gokeys and the Borough for the construction of an off-street parking area adjacent to 403 Yale Avenue upon receipt of the requested documents. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MAYOR: No Report

MOUNT GRETNA FIRE COMPANY: Mayor Shay supplied the Fire Company report for the month of May, a copy is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.

SOLICITOR: Solicitor Kilgore addressed a noise ordinance concern brought to his attention via an email from Lois Herr. Borough Council members discussed allowing for the use of motorized equipment, i.e. leaf blower, etc. on Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM and other aspects of the ordinance.

Lois Herr made a motion authorizing Solicitor Kilgore to prepare an amendment to this ordinance for the August meeting. Michael Bell seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Council members discussed the need to inform residents of the Borough ordinances and to urge them to be considerate of their neighbors.

Lois Herr made a motion to send and to post on the bulletin board a simple reminder to all property owners. Virginia Minnich seconded the motion. All were in favor.

ROADS AND STREETS:

Mr. Care gave the following report.

Lancaster Avenue Wall: No Report

Leaf and Brush Collection: Leaf and brush collection is complete.

Seal Coating: Seal coating streets were swept. Fog sealed sealing will take place as the summer schedule permits.

Equipment: no report

CODE ENFORCEMENT:

Last month a letter was sent to Don Adams, owner of 102 Chicago Avenue, concerning the gravel/fill which he placed on his neighbor’s property, 104 Chicago Avenue. Mr. Adams has not removed the material or been in contact with Mr. Care.

Michael Bell made a motion authorizing Solicitor Kilgore to send a letter to Mr. Adams concerning this matter. Lois Herr seconded the motion. All were in favor.

LAISONS:

Pennsylvania Chautauqua: Chautauqua President Moritz had no report.

Mount Gretna Authority:   No Report

OLD BUSINESS

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Noise Restrictions: President Allwein reported on a conversation that he had with Marla Pitt concerning the noise issues.

Noise: Marla Pitt addressed her continued concerns for noise created by the garbage hauler. She reported that she spoke with the mail delivery man and he has been very quiet when making the deliver in the morning.

Mr. Care reported that he had a conversation with the garbage hauler,requesting that the parking lot dumpster not be empty prior to 7:00 AM. An official letter will be mailed to the hauler requesting the same.

Trees: Marla Pitt expressed deep concern for the removal of trees in the community. Mrs. Pitt stated that a healthy tree on private property was removed without the knowledge of the owner.   She recommended that the Borough and/or Chautauqua not contract for tree removal with the current tree service.

Mrs. Pitt provided a written letter to Borough Council stating her concerns. A copy of this letter is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.

Lois Herr stated concerns with the tree removal performed by MetEd.

Parking: Dr. Pitt stated that he continues to be targeted by the police. Dr. Pitt stated that he was again approached by an officer from the Cornwall Borough Police department when momentarily parking his vehicle going the wrong direction on Pennsylvania Avenue while other vehicles in the same area were in violation of parking regulations/permits.

Solicitor Kilgore stated that he will have a conversation with Chief Harris, Cornwall Borough Police Department.

NEW BUSINESS

NONE

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

8:10 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda A. Bell

Secretary/Treasurer

Mount Gretna Borough Council