Borough Minutes



November 13, 2017

Virginia Minnich, Vice 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:

Virginia Minnich, Vice President                                                Michael Bell

William Kleinfelter                                                         Keith Kilgore, Solicitor

Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer

William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer

Council Members Absent:

Charles Allwein, President

Joseph Shay, Mayor

Lois Herr

Also Present:

Officer Glenn Fields (for police report only)

Dr. Charles Pitt, resident

Gratitude for President Allwein Years of Community Service:

Vice President Minnich informed the Council that on November 9, 2017, President Allwein submitted a letter of resignation. She stated,

“In my nearly fifty (50) years as a resident of Mount Gretna I know no one who has contributed more to, worked harder for or loved this community more than Chuck. We owe him our humblest and sincerest gratitude.”

Dr. Pitt stated he served with Chuck on Borough Council for fourteen (14) years and expressed much gratitude for the years of service given by Chuck Allwein.

Minutes, Financial Report and Invoices List:

William Kleinfelter made a motion to accept the October meeting minutes with minor corrections. Michael Bell seconded the motion. All were in favor.

William Kleinfelter made a motion to accept the October financial report and invoice listing as presented. Michael Bell seconded the motion. All were in favor.


Officer Fields read the October police report. A copy of the report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.


Dr. Pitt related that on September 5th his trailer which was parked on Pennsylvania Avenue for a very short time period was ticketed for being parked the wrong direction and not having a parking permit. Dr. Pitt stated that he is being “singled out” as numerous other vehicles are known to have been in violation and not ticketed. Also trailers are not required to have permits. The rules should be applied equally. Dr. Pitt supplied the Borough council with dated photos taken of many vehicles in violation of the parking ordinance, etc. which should have been ticket but were not. See attached letter heretofore made part of the minutes.

Solicitor Kilgore stated that he would have a conversation with Chief Harris of the Cornwall Borough Police Department concerning this matter.


Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority                          Meeting minutes available on website –

Lebanon Community Library                                       Newsletter

Charles Allwein                                                                 Letter of Resignation



MAYOR: No Report


William Kleinfelter stated that the fire company is “catching up” with their reporting. A copy of the September and October fire company reports were distributed to council members and are attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.


Ordinance Number 209: Solicitor Kilgore presented revised Ordinance #209, per revisions made at the October meeting, concerning limits on the operation of noise producing equipment within the Borough.

Michael Bell made a motion to adopt the revised Ordinance #209. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion.


Mr. Care gave the following report.

A letter of thanks was sent to John Brieve, WLCREMA EMC, for his service to the community.

Snow Removal Agreements: We are waiting for the Campmeeting and South Londonderry Township agreements. We should have the signed agreements this week.


Mr. Care suggested that in the future snow removal agreements be prepared for a three year period.

Curbing: All blacktop curbing has been repaired.

Lancaster Avenue Wall: The contractor has completed the Lancaster Avenue wall project. Mr. Care will have estimates for the repair of the Columbia Avenue wall for the December meeting.

Brown Avenue Project: The Authority has installed new sewer main on Chicago Avenue from the end of the Harrington’s property, 105 Chicago Avenue to Stevens Avenue.

A new storm sewer has been installed from the area of Harrington’s garage down to Columbia Avenue. New pipe will be installed at the intersection of Chicago and Stevens Avenues which will connect the inlet to the storm sewer swale.

The Brown Avenue project will continue throughout the winter months, weather permitting.

Lake Dry Hydrant:   Pricing has been secured for materials for the installation of an additional dry hydrant at the west end of the lake. The project is being undertaken due to a request from the Mount Gretna Fire Company after the major fire at Weaber Lumber in August. The Fire Company will supply a letter stating the necessity for a dry-hydrant at the west end of the lake which will be beneficial in securing funds from local businesses.

Street Lighting: A joint meeting of representatives from Borough Council, the Pennsylvania Chautauqua and MetEd was held on November 10, 2018. Karen Baxter and Matt Kemp, MetEd representatives, explained that MetEd can no longer repair or replace the incandescent street light fixtures. There is no current deadline concerning the removal of these fixtures. When a fixture is no longer repairable, it will be the decision of the Borough and the Chautauqua as to replace the fixture or not.

Equipment: All snow removal equipment is ready. Mr. Care will obtain cost estimates to replace the GMC truck in 2018.

Jake Brakes: William Kleinfelter noted that truckers are using Jake brakes as they enter Mount Gretna on route #117 and on Pinch Road. He questioned what the Borough can do concerning this matter; can signs prohibiting their use be places along the routes?

Solicitor Kilgore stated that these are state roads and PennDot would have to approve the installation of these signs. Solicitor Kilgore and Mr. Care will contact PennDot and surrounding municipalities concerning this matter.


Mr. Care reported that there is an issue with the landscaping and shed at 404 Pennsylvania Avenue. The property owner was informed that a survey is required.



Pennsylvania Chautauqua: No Report

Mount Gretna Authority:   A new roof has been installed on the Authority’s reservoir.




Proposed 2018 Borough Budget: William Kleinfelter made a motion to tentatively adopt the proposed 2018 budget. Michael Bell seconded the motion. All were in favor. The budget will be advertised.

2018 Parking Permits: A the parking committee will reconvene in January to discuss the parking issues and permits.

Beat Beethoven Foot Race: Music at Gretna requests permission to hold the second annual “Beat Beethoven” 5K within the Borough on September 9, 2018. Michael Bell made a motion to allow Music at Gretna to hold the 5K race within the Borough on September 9, 2018. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.


Michael Bell made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.

8:00 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda A. Bell


Mount Gretna Borough Council