May 8, 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
Keith Kilgore, Solicitor Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer
William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer
Council Members Absent:
Joseph Shay, Mayor
Robert Moritz, resident 112 Temple Avenue
Marla Pitt, resident 110 Pennsylvania Avenue
William Osburn, 110 Temple Avenue
Paul Heise and Bobbie Warshaw, resident 104 Chicago Avenue (for public comment only)
Officer Charles Beard – Cornwall Borough Police Department (for police report only)
President Allwein recognized the visitors.
Minutes, Financial Report and Invoices List:
Virginia Minnich made a motion to accept the April meeting minutes with minor corrections. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Lois Herr made a motion to accept the April financial report and invoice listing as presented. Virginia Minnich seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Officer Beard read the April police report. A copy of this report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.
Bobbi Warshaw requested that the Council consider amending the new Ordinance #208. Since the ordinance has expanded the time frame and Chicago and Brown Avenues are included in the restricted parking area, it will impact events which are held in their home, i.e. fund raising dinners. Ms. Warshaw suggested removing the east end of Brown Avenue, Chicago and Stevens Avenues from the restriction streets.
Council decided to allow the parking committee to discuss the request and make recommendations at the June meeting.
Marla Pitt referred to a petition submitted to Borough Council last fall requesting that the Borough enact an ordinance to limit mechanical noise pollution in the summer season. A copy of Dr. and Mrs. Pitt’s letter to the Borough is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.
President Allwein sympathized with the noise concerns and stated that Council is reluctant to enact an ordinance providing for a “quiet time” during the summer months. The issue of noise will be placed on the agenda for the June meeting.
Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority Meeting minutes available on website – www.goglra.org
Lebanon Community Library Newsletter
Bureau of Farmland Preservation 2016 Annual Report
MAYOR: No Report
MOUNT GRETNA FIRE COMPANY: William Kleinfelter provided the fire company report for March. A copy of the reports are attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.
SOLICITOR: No Report
ROADS AND STREETS:
Mr. Care gave the following report.
Lancaster Avenue Wall: The staff must prepare the site in order to move forward with the Lancaster Avenue Wall project.
Leaf and Brush Collection: Leaf collection is underway. The first brush collection is complete.
Seal Coating: Seal coating projects are held up due to weather issues.
Traffic Control: A traffic control meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2017 concerning the summer season.
Restricted Parking Signs: Signs for the new parking restrictions have been purchased and will be installed this week or early next week.
Equipment: no report
CODE ENFORCEMENT: The office received an inquiry concerning the setbacks on Lebanon Avenue for a vacant lot. There are no major issues.
VARIANCE REQUEST: None
Pennsylvania Chautauqua: Chautauqua President Moritz had no report.
Mount Gretna Authority: Mr. Care report on the installation of new water main valves. All valves are now functioning with the exception of one 8” valve on Lancaster Avenue.
Special Parking on Pennsylvania Avenue:
Lois Herr suggested that additional “handicap parking only” spaces be created on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the Playhouse on a temporary basis with removable signage.
The parking committee will discuss this suggestion and make a recommendation at the June meeting.
Lois Herr also stated that Bobbie Warshaw has a legitimate concern relating to the restricted parking and that this will affect any resident in the impact zone who hosts a party or other special event.
Authority Board Appointment:
Current Mount Gretna Authority board chairman, Warren “Barney “ Myer has sold his property and is moving out of the Borough, creating a vacancy on the board. The Authority board has promoted Edward Kosoff to the positon of chairman.
Lois Herr made a motion to appoint Michael Sherman to fill the unexpired term of Warren “Barney” Myer. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Hotel Occupancy Tax:
Michael Bell shared a letter which he received from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The letter informs owners of rental properties that they are required to collect hotel occupancy tax on short term rentals. This would affect property owners renting cottages/houses for a week or weekend.
Michael Bell made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Linda A. Bell
Mount Gretna Borough Council