Borough Minutes

Mount Gretna Borough

Minutes

July 11, 2022

William Kleinfelter, President, called the meeting of the Mount Gretna Borough Council to order at 6:00 PM.  The meeting was held in the Hall of Philosophy.

Council Members and Staff present:

William Kleinfelter, President                                     Lois Herr, Vice-President

Michael Bell                                                                        Robert Eynon

Allan Feldman                                                                   Joseph Shay, Mayor

Keith Kilgore, Solicitor

William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer

Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer                                 

Council Members Absent:  None

Also, Present:  A large number of residents were present for this meeting.

POLICE REPORT:  Officer Gregory Bender presented the June police report.  A copy of the report is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.

PUBLIC HEARING OF ORDINANCE #227:  The public hearing was opened at 6:02 PM

Public Comment:  President Kleinfelter allowed for public comment.  Each speaker was instructed to introduce themselves and state their Borough address.

Dr. Charles Pitt, 110 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Dr. Pitt provided history of the restricted parking ordinance of 30 years ago when he and fellow council members drafted the original ordinance.   Due to the traffic, parking and noise impact on the residents on Princeton, Harvard and Pennsylvania Avenues a restricted parking ordinance was enacted.  He stated, “Please do not open the impact (area) up to more parking and increased noise”.

Marla Pitt, 110 Pennsylvania Avenue, addressed parking requirements/needs of the cottage owners in the impact area.

Sylvia Cueto, 116 Pennsylvania Avenue, expressed parking concerns of Pennsylvania Avenue residents.  She questioned why Soldiers’ Field is not being used for event parking.

John Feather, 221 Brown Avenue, expressed his approval of providing 15 parking spaces on the west end of Pennsylvania Avenue for use by playhouse tenants.  Mr. Feather also elaborated on the reason why Soldiers’ Field is not yet being used for parking, lack of lighting and safe walk ways for pedestrians.

Frank Anthony, 114 Princton Avenue, expressed concerns for the parking congestion on Princeton Avenue due to the post office and postal employee parking.

Paul Gibbs, 112 Harvard Avenue, stated that it is difficult to find parking in the impact area.  He stated that he is opposed to giving permits to non-residents for use in the impact area.

Elaine Feather, 221 Brown Avenue, she approves of the parking permits to be given to playhouse tenants for use on the west end of Pennsylvania Avenue. 

Fred Schaeffer, 202 Columbia Avenue, stated that parking problems are increasing and he is opposed to additional park permits to be given to playhouse tenants.

Joshua Haines, 401 Lancaster Avenue, stated that he supports the mission of the Chautauqua and encourages the ability to help support the programs through use of some parking spaces can benefit us all.  He is in favor of parking permits being given to the arts.

Suzanne Steward, Director of Music at Gretna, stated that the use of the west end of Pennsylvania Avenue would be a short-term solution to the parking problem.  It would allow employees to not park in the parking lot.  She also related an incident of patrons with disabilities having difficulty parking close to the playhouse.

President Kleinfelter suggested to Mrs. Stewart that employees could park in the grassy area across the street from the parking lot. 

David Harvey, 104 Princeton Avenue, noted that he is aware that postal employees have parking permit of which he disapproves.  (On another subject) He also stated that residents have been shouting angry comments at the roofer currently repairing the roof on his cottage.

A lengthy discussion followed.

Public Hearing Closed.

Lois Herr stated that it is an effort to alleviate  problem and felt it was an honest compromise.

Mayor Shay stated that as an emergency responder he must have parking in front of his cottage.

Allan Feldman stated that we are a victim of our own success.  This is a short-term solution to the parking problem.

Robert Eynon state that it is a very complicated issue.

Michael Bell stated that the Borough has an obligation to the taxpayers; this parking permit issue is difficult for the police to enforce

A motion was made and seconded to open for discussion  of Ordinance #227 by Lois Herr and Michael Bell.

Michael Bell made a motion to eliminate section #2 of the proposed Ordinance #227 which provides for 15 parking permits to be given to the playhouse tenants.  Robert Eynon seconded the motion.  Lois Herr and Allan Feldman disapproved the motion.  President Kleinfelter voted in favor of eliminated section #2.

Lois Herr proposed amending the Ordinance section #2 from 15 (fifteen) passes to 5 (five) passes.  Allan Feldman seconded the motion.  Allan Feldman and Lois Herr voted for the amendment.  Robert Eynon and Michael Bell voted against the amendment.  President Kleinfelter voted against the amendment.

Michael Bell made a motion to adopt proposed Ordinance #227 as amended, eliminated section #2.  Lois Herr seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

Agenda:

Michael Bell made a motion to accept the agenda as printed.  Robert Eynon seconded the motion.  All members approved.

Minutes, Financial Report and Invoices List:

Michael Bell made a motion to accept the June minutes as corrected by Lois Herr.  Robert Eynon seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

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

Short Term Rental License:  A rental application was received from the new owners of 428 Pennsylvania Avenue, Flawless Façade, LLC.   Robert Eynon reviewed the application last week and found several items to be missing.  The applicant was notified.

COMMUNICATIONS:

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MAYOR:  No Report

MOUNT GRETNA FIRE COMPANY:   

The June Fire Company Report was read by Mayor Shay.  A copy is attached and heretofore made part of the minutes. 

SOLICITOR:   

Solicitor Kilgore presented the temporary street closing request for the Mount Gretna Art Show to be signed by Mayor Shay.  All were in favor.

ROADS AND STREETS:

Mr. Care gave the following report.

Storm Water Project:   The inlet at Princeton and Harvard Avenues is complete with the exception of the railing to be placed around the inlet area.  A resident in this area requested that a stone structure be constructed rather than the use of a railing  Mr. Care will secure estimates for railing and stone work.

CODE ENFORCEMENT:  None

VARIANCE REQUESTS:  None

LIAISONS:

Pennsylvania Chautauqua:  Allan Feldman reported that Stockholder packets were mailed.   The Stockholder meeting will be held on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 7:30 PM.

Mount Gretna Authority:  Mr. Care reported on the use of Copper Sulfate by the owner of the lake to control weeds.  Mr. Care has consulted DEP concerning this issue as the Authority is required to remove copper all effluent from the treatment facility.

On June 27, 2022, Mr. Care gave a tour of the treatment facility as a program for summer programs.   The tour went well.  Those in attendance appreciated the tour.

OLD BUSINESS

Lois Herr requested confirmation of Patty Gokey to review web advertising concerning short-term rentals.  The Council confirmed the appointment.

Robert Eynon stated that he had been reviewing web advertising  and will no longer review ads as Mrs. Gokey will now handle the matter. 

NEW BUSINESS

NONE

Executive Session:  An executive session was called at 7:47 PM for Borough Council to discuss a personnel matter.  Session concluded at 7:50 PM.

ADJOURNMENT

Michael Bell made a motion to adjourn the meeting.   Robert Eynon second the motion All were favor.

7:48 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda A. Bell ,Secretary/Treasurer

Mount Gretna Borough Council