Mount Gretna Borough
June 9, 2014
Charles Allwein, President,
called the meeting of the Mount Gretna Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was held in the Boardroom, rear
of Post Office, Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania.
Council members and staff present:
Charles B. Allwein, President Michael Bell
Lois Herr William
Virginia Minnich Linda
Keith Kilgore, Solicitor
William Care, Public Works
Director/Code Enforcement Officer
Council members absent:
Joseph Shay, Mayor – Fire Company
Kathy Hackleman, Lebanon
Sargent Brett Hopkins,
Cornwall Borough Police Department (present for police report only)
Warren (Barney) Myer,
resident 406 Yale Avenue
Minutes, Financial Report, & Invoices List:
Michael Bell made a motion to
accept the May meeting minutes with corrections. Lois Herr seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Lois Herr inquired as to why
the Borough has received very little income under “Police Fines”. Resident parking goes into effect during the
Playhouse season only; therefore, no parking fines have been collected for
Virginia Minnich made a
motion to accept the May Financial Report and Invoice listing as presented. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Lebanon Refuse Authority . . . . Meeting
minutes available on website – www.glra.com
Community Library . . . . . . . . Newsletter
State Association of Boroughs . . . . Annual
PA Municipal Legal Update
August 13-14, 2014
Sargent Hopkins read the May
police report. A copy of the report is
attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.
Resolution #06-09-2014 (A): Sargent
Hopkins requested that Council members adopt a resolution in support of Senate
bill 1341 and House bill 1272 enabling all municipal police to use the same
motor vehicle speed-timing equipment as the Pennsylvania State police. William Kleinfelter
made a motion to adopt resolution #06-09-2014 (A). Lois Herr seconded the motion. All were in favor.
William Kleinfelter reported that a motorist
ran the stop sign at Pennsylvania and Lehigh Avenues, next to his house, nearly
hitting his wife and grandson. When
confronted, the motorist stated that it was not necessary to stop at a stop
sign when making a right hand turn.
Vacant Lot on Lebanon Avenue: Mr. Myer
stated that he walks past the vacant lot on Lebanon Avenue which was clear-cut
over a year ago. It is now overgrown
with weeds and has become unsightly. Solicitor
Kilgore stated that a letter should be sent to the property owner, under the
Property Maintenance Ordinance, requesting that the lot be cleaned-up.
Mr. Myer also noted that
numerous property owners allow garbage cans to remain at curbside from one week
to the next.
MAYOR: No Report
MOUNT GRETNA VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY: No Report
Resolutions # 06-09-2014:
Michael Bell made a
motion to adopt Resolutions #06-09-14, adopting Lebanon County 2013 Hazard
Mitigation Plan. Lois Herr seconded the
motion. All were in favor.
Ordinance #197: William Kleinfelter made a
motion to adopt Ordinance #197 to vacate previous easements across lands of
Larry Roush and John and Patricia Amodeo for storm water purposes (new
easements have been adopted). Virginia Minnich seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Deed Restrictions: In reference
to the information supplied to Council members via email concerning deed
restrictions for building lots, Council members discussed whether or not
off-site parking and/or a garage is or should be required. Lois Herr stated that she is hesitant to say
that the Borough should enforce requiring new home construction to include a
Mr. Care gave the following
Lancaster Avenue Storm Sewer: Storm water
work has been completed on the project between Lancaster and Lebanon Avenues
with the exception of paving and a wood carpet walkway. Mr. Care has given Hoffer Paving the go ahead
to complete the storm water paving and patching of all potholes in the Borough
at an estimated cost of $2,500.00.
Brush and Leaf Collection: Brush and leaf
collection have been completed for the spring.
Large Item Collection: Large item
collection is schedule for June 16th.
Street Paving: No Report
Brown Avenue Project: No Report
Parking Police: The Lebanon County Auxiliary
will provide the necessary parking police for the summer season.
Equipment: No Report
Building Permits: Marlin &
Donna Hosler have been given permission to proceed with their project providing
that no roof is to be installed over the proposed walkway. Lebanon County Planning has been notified.
Two contractors were found
working without a building permit; one on Muhlenberg Avenue and one on
Princeton Avenue. Robert Mease, with
Lebanon County Planning, was notified.
Permits were acquired.
1 Muhlenberg Avenue: A letter was
sent to CDJ Group, the owner of 1 Muhlenberg Avenue, concerning several issues.
The retaining wall along Pinch Road has collapsed into the waterway, an open
drain pipe extends from the north side of the building and there is a large
crack in the foundation wall on the west side of the building.
An interior building
inspection was held on June 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM.
A representative from CDJ Group, Robert Mease, Lebanon County Planning
and William Care were present for the inspection. The interior inspection revealed that light
could be seen through cracks in the foundation on the northwest side of the
structure. There appears to be no
obvious connection to the pipe extending from the building on the west
side. Also, it was observed that a
buckling of the first floor which appears to be due to the improper
installation of the cantilevered porch on the east side of the structure. Further investigation is needed by a
The owner was instructed to
make immediate repairs to the retaining wall which collapsed into the water way
along Pinch Road as per stone manufacturer’s specifications. Repairs have started today, June 9th.
Mr. Care met with Jay Noble,
Executive Director of the Mount Gretna School of Art, to discuss proposed uses
for the building at 1 Muhlenberg Avenue.
Mr. Care requested a list of building uses needs to be supplied to the
Mount Gretna Borough. Mr. Noble supplied
a list which is heretofore attached and made part of the minutes. Mr. Noble stated that there will be no
lectures, walk in exhibits, retail sales or education classrooms as previously
stated. The document also includes a
variance request for a sprinkler system.
Mr. Care reported instructing
Mr. Noble that the property at 1 Muhlenberg would need to be surveyed in order
to plot the building and parking on a plot plan.
Council members discussed the
issues at length. William Kleinfelter
stated that he strongly opposes granting a variance for a sprinkler system.
Pennsylvania Chautauqua: No Report
Mount Gretna Authority: Normal
operations; no report.
Michael Bell made a motion to
adjourn. Virginia Minnich seconded the
motion. All were in favor.
Linda A. Bell,
Mount Gretna Borough Council