Borough Minutes

MOUNT GRETNA BOROUGH

MINUTES

September 11, 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                                                                        Lois Herr

William Kleinfelter                                                                                              Andrew Morrow, Solicitor                                            Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer

William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer

Council Members Absent:

Joseph Shay, Mayor

Also Present:

Allan Feldman, resident of 215 Lehigh Avenue

Officer Gregory Bender (for police report only)

Minutes, Financial Report and Invoices List:

Virginia Minnich made a motion to accept the August meeting minutes with minor corrections. Michael Bell seconded the motion. All were in favor.

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

POLICE REPORT:

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

Trick or Treat Night: Chief Harris requests that the Borough join Lebanon County in the observance of “Trick or Treat” night on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Michael Bell made a motion to approve October 31st as trick or treat night. Lois Herr seconded the motion. All were in favor.

COMMUNICATIONS:

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

Lebanon Community Library                                       Newsletter

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Pitt                                                   Noise Ordinance

Birdie Johnson                                                                  Noise Ordinance

PennDot                                                                              Estimated Liquid Fuels allocation for 2018 – $14,555.31

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Allan Feldman inquired whether or not MetEd has plans to replace streetlights in the Borough. Mr. Care explained that MetEd will no longer replace incandescent light bulbs or repair incandescent streetlight fixtures. MetEd proposes replacing the fixture with LED lighting which is considerably brighter than the current incandescent lights. Mr. Care suggested that a combined meeting with a representative from the Pennsylvania Chautauqua and Borough Council be held to decide how best to replace and maintain streetlights. The issue of replacing streetlights should be discussed at the next Chautauqua buildings and ground’s meeting. (Mr. Feldman is a member of the Chautauqua board and the buildings and grounds committee).

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MAYOR: No Report

MOUNT GRETNA FIRE COMPANY: No Report

William Kleinfelter stated that once the new fire chief is “up to speed”, reports will be made available.

SOLICITOR: Solicitor Morrow presented a proposed amendment to Ordinance #80, Construction Code, concerning limits on the operation of equipment within the Borough.

President Allwein stated that the suggestion made by some of the Borough residents for a “quiet time” during the summer months would be best addressed by the Pennsylvania Chautauqua. It is frequently noted that the Mount Gretna Campmeeting has a “quiet time” for eight weeks during the summer. President Allwein stated that they are a homeowners association and not the municipality.

It was suggested that better communications with Borough residents is needed such as a quarterly mailing. Much discussion followed.

Lois Herr stated that the issue of a “quiet time” should be passed on to the Chautauqua; the Borough should deal with the proposed ordinance and she stated that Council needs to clarify the ordinance that we already have.

More discussion followed on how to clearly state what constituted a noise i.e. gas powered engines, electric motors, etc.?   Discussion continued on the hours and days that operation of equipment is permitted. Should the operation of equipment be prohibited except during the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM or 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday excluding National Holidays? No work on Sundays and National Holidays.

Lois Herr made a motion to allow the Solicitor to prepare the amendment to Ordinance #80 for a public hearing at the October meeting, prohibiting the operation of any power equipment except for the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Saturday, excluding national holidays. Michael Bell seconded the motion. Three votes in favor, one opposed.

The ordinance will be prepared for the October meeting.

ROADS AND STREETS:

Mr. Care gave the following report.

Curbing: With the heavy rainfall being experienced this summer, numerous residents have complained that broken and/or missing curbing is allowing storm water to enter their properties. As much as possible, curbing work will be performed by the paver when they return this fall to complete road repair projects.

The walking path at the corner of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg Avenues, adjacent to the Hall of Philosophy, will also be made handicap accessible.

Brown Avenue Project: The remaining storm sewer and sewer main work on the east end of Brown Avenue is scheduled for this fall and winter.

Lancaster Avenue Wall: The contractor was contacted. The job should be done in the near future.

Equipment: no report

CODE ENFORCEMENT:

Solicitor Kilgore has informed 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 been given ten (10) days to remove the material.

VARIANCE REQUEST: NONE

LAISONS:

Pennsylvania Chautauqua: No Report

Mount Gretna Authority:   Mr. Care reported that the Authority is in the process of replacing the roof on the reservoir. A new valve will be installed on the water main at Lafayette and Lehigh Avenues.

OLD BUSINESS

NONE

NEW BUSINESS

Lake Dry Hydrant: Fire fighters experienced some difficulties in using the lake dry hydrant in August while fighting the fire at Weaber’s Saw Mill. Since then the fire company volunteers held a training session with the hydrant and the equipment functioned well. Mr. Care suggested that an additional hydrant be installed at the west end of the lake. It would greatly benefit the entire community. Donations should be solicited from local business including Weaber’s.

ADJOURNMENT

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

8:15 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda A. Bell

Secretary/Treasurer

Mount Gretna Borough Council