Borough Minutes

Mount Gretna Borough

Meeting Minutes

April 9, 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

Michael Bell                                                           Allan Feldman

Joseph Shay, Mayor                                          Keith Kilgore, Solicitor

William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer

Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer

Council Members Absent:

Lois Herr

Also Present:

William Barlow, resident 415 Yale Avenue

Sam Bonacci, resident 202 Lancaster Avenue

Sally Bomberger, resident 420 Yale Avenue

Lynne Davies, resident 3 Muhlenberg Avenue

Rob & Patty Gokey, resident 403 Yale Avenue

Drew & Susan Hostetter, resident 205 Lancaster Avenue

Don Kensinger, resident 215 Brown Avenue

Joan Sherman, resident 411 Lancaster Avenue

John & Diane Shue, resident 423 Yale Avenue

Scott Zellers, resident 424 Yale Avenue

Resolution 4-09-18: Allan Feldman made a motion to adopt Resolution 4-09-18 establishing remote participation of Council meetings. No one seconded the motion; motion died.

PUBLIC HEARING

ORDINANCE NUMBER 211

PUBLIC COMMENT:

President Minnich opened the public hearing by allowing each resident present to state their concerns and comments.

The residents who live on Yale Avenue all related issues with parking made especially bad when rental properties have as many as ten cars. Since Yale Avenue is a very narrow street, there are occasions when an emergency vehicle would be unable to access Yale Avenue. Scott Zellers related having to wait to gain access to his own driveway due to drivers using his driveway as a turn around. Mr. Zellers also stated that he overhead a rental property owner telling someone that they did not have to be concerned with parking in “permit only” areas because the Borough does not enforce anything!

Sam Bonacci expressed concern that the Borough “permit only parking” will cause problems during the art show. Mr. Bonacci stated that we invite people here to participate in a community fund raiser and then not permit them to park on our streets.

Don Kensinger read a prepared statement which he had originally shared with the Joint Rental Committee. A copy of this statement is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.

Bill Barlow complained that he was unable to get a copy of the ordinance in advance of the meeting.

Drew and Susan Hostetter related that they hold numerous meetings in their home (summer programs, historical society). Attendees would not be able to park on Lancaster Avenue if it is restricted. Mr. Hostetter stated that there is no need to make Lancaster Avenue permit parking only.

Joan Sherman related the problems that she and her husband are enduring due to the Airbnb directly across the street from her home; people parking in front of her driveway, excessive noise at all hours, generally the house has become a party house. Mrs. Sherman shared a photo taken of cars on Lancaster Avenue in front of her home.

Public Hearing Closed at 7:55 PM

Visitors exited the meeting.

Minutes, Financial Report and Invoices List:

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

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

POLICE REPORT:

President Minnich read the March police report. A copy of the 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

PSAB                                                          Annual Conference – June 10 -13, 2018

Q. M. Youth Association Request for Support

Stanilla, Siegel & Maser, LLC         Draft of 2017 Financial Statement

PennDot                                                  Permission to erect banner across route 117

Michael Bell made a motion to donate $100.00 to the Cornwall Quentin Mount Gretna Youth Association. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MAYOR: No Report

MOUNT GRETNA FIRE COMPANY: Mayor Shay provided a copy of the Fire Company incident report March 2018. A copy of these reports is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.

SOLICITOR:

Ordinance #211:

Temporary Parking Permits: William Kleinfelter made a motion to eliminate “one day guest passes” from the ordinance; deleting section 5. Michael Bell seconded the motion. Allan Feldman opposed the motion.

Council members continued discussing the guest pass issue as it related to residents having meeting and parties.

Michael Bell made a motion to amend the ordinance to only include Lancaster Avenue in the restricted zone from 210 Lancaster to State Drive. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Weight Limit: Michael Bell questioned the weight limit for Borough streets. 12,000 pounds is the gross vehicle weight for an F‑350 pickup.

William Kleinfelter made a motion to adopt Ordinance number 211 as amended. Michael Bell seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Solicitor Kilgore was directed to prepare a letter to inform residents of the new ordinance.

Rental Properties: No report

ROADS AND STREETS:

Mr. Care gave the following report.

Snow Removal: There were several snow events since the March meeting.

Equipment: No equipment issues were experienced.

Mr. Care reviewed pricing on a new dump truck and trade-in value of the GMC truck per Hondru Ford. A 2018 Ford F‑550 with an aluminum dump body is $78,983.00. The trade-in value is $15,000.00 making the cost to the Borough $63,983.00. The GMC is ten years old. Mr. Care plans to secure additional quotes from dealers who are members of Costar. (Costars is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program).

Brown Avenue Project: The Borough staff has completed the installation of a new sewer main on Brown Avenue. The street will be patched within the next month.

CODE ENFORCEMENT:

Mr. Care met with representatives from a new inspection company and is gathering information. It appears that this company is able to meet all of our inspection needs.

VARIANCE REQUEST: NONE

LAISONS:

Pennsylvania Chautauqua: Allan Feldman had no report.

Mount Gretna Authority:   No Report.

OLD BUSINESS

NONE

NEW BUSINESS

NONE

ADJOURNMENT

Michael Bell made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Allan Feldman seconded the motion. All were favor.

8:42 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda A. Bell

Secretary/Treasurer

Mount Gretna Borough Council