Borough Minutes

Mount Gretna Borough


November 12, 2018

Virginia Minnich, 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, President                          William Kleinfelter, Vice-President

Allan Feldman                                                     Lois Herr

Joseph Shay, Mayor                                          Keith Kilgore, Solicitor

William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer

Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer

Council Members Absent:  Michael Bell

Minutes, Financial Report and Invoices List:

Lois Herr made a motion to accept the October meeting minutes. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.

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


In the absence of a Cornwall Borough Police officer, the October police report was read by President Minnich. This report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.


At 7:05 PM President Minnich convened a public hearing for proposed Ordinance #212, amending the codified ordinance, Chapter 134, and adopting the 2015 edition of the international property maintenance code.

Due to no public presence or input, the hearing was close at 7:07 PM.



Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority           Meeting minutes vailable on website –

Charles Allwein                                                  Thank you for Recognition Dinner*

*President Minnich read Charles Allwein’s thank you to Borough Council for the special recognition dinner which was held in his honor.

President Minnich stated that Elizabeth Hummer expressed gratitude for the removal of the “no parking” sign in front of her cottage on Muhlenberg Avenue.


MAYOR: No Report


Mayor Shay stated that October was a slow month as September had been. The Fire Company report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.


Ordinance #212: William Kleinfelter made a motion to adopt Property Maintenance Ordinance #212. Allan Feldman seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Amendment to Ordinance #116: Lois Herr made a motion to amend Ordinance #116, codified ordinance Chapter #141, concerning inflow and infiltration into the waste water treatment system. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Parking Violations: Solicitor Kilgore stated that he plans to have a conversation with Chief Harris, Cornwall Borough Police, concerning parking violations.

Ordinance #213: Solicitor Kilgore briefly reviewed the proposed Ordinance #213 dealing with Rental Properties. Lois Herr made a motion to proceed with the publication of proposed Ordinance #213 to be adopted at the December meeting. Allan Feldman seconded the motion.   All were in favor.


Mr. Care gave the following report.

Leaf Collection: The second round of leaf collection has begun.

Snow Removal Contracts: The Campmeeting and Conewago Hills have signed the new three year snow removal contracts. South Londonderry and Mount Gretna Heights have indicated that they will sign also.

Speed Control Signs: Mr. Care reported on meeting with Patrick Wright, LTAP of the PA Department of Transportation to examine pedestrian and parking issues along route 117. Copies of the follow-up report provided by Mr. Wright were shared with Council for their review and discussion at the December meeting.

Street Repairs: Mr. Care very briefly reviewed the storm water project along Chautauqua Drive.

Art Show: The temporary driveway from route 117 to Chautauqua Drive, which is used only during the art show, has been repaired and reseeded with grass.

The art show traffic committee has been working on new traffic flow and parking since the end of the 2018 show. Route 117 will be closed from Friday morning until Sunday evening. Chief Harris has received approval from PennDot to close route 117 for the entire weekend. Final details will be planned within the upcoming months. The traffic committee is made up of Bill Care, Kerry Royer, Linda Bell, Mike Bell, Chief Harris (Cornwall Borough Police Department), Bob Dowd (Lebanon County EMA) and Brad Yiengst (Mount Gretna Fire Company).

Calls to the Police: Mr. Care stated that residents appear to be confused about who to call when reporting a problem which requires police attention. The police office is not maned 24 hours a day.

All Emergencies                                                –              911

Police Dispatch                                  –   (717) 272-2054

Cornwall Borough Police office  –   (717) 274-2071

Equipment: The new F-550 Ford truck is ready for pick up tomorrow (November 13, 2018). Lois Herr made a motion authorizing payment using funds from the Capital, Special Projects and the State fund to cover the payment of $54,995.00. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.


Building Permits: One permit was issued for an addition to 316 Pennsylvania Avenue. An application was made for a permit for a new house on Lebanon Avenue.



Pennsylvania Chautauqua: Allan Feldman reported that the Chautauqua board discussed the lack of enforcement of parking violations.  No was no definite information on grant applications for Soldiers’ Field.

Mount Gretna Authority:   Mr. Care reported that a dead tree is threating power lines, sewer mains and the bridge on Lakeview Drive. He has made several calls to MetEd concerning the need to have this tree removed as soon as possible.



Dauphin-Lebanon County Borough’s Association: President Minnich stated that she and Allan Feldman attend the Borough’s Association meeting on October 23, 2018.

Pedestrian Signs: Traffic control to be placed on the December agenda.


2019 Budget: William Kleinfelter made a motion to accept the proposed 2019 Borough budget and to advertise for adoption at the December meeting. Lois Herr seconded the motion. All were in favor.


Allan Feldman made a motion to adjourn the meeting. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were favor.

8:05 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda A. Bell