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 Borough Office,
lower level of the Post Office building,
Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania.
Council members and
Charles B. Allwein, President Michael
Virginia Minnich William
Keith Kilgore, Solicitor Linda Bell,
William Care, Public Works
Director/Code Enforcement Officer
Council members absent:
Joseph Shay, Mayor – Fire
Hackleman, Lebanon Daily News
Candace Miller, Cornwall Borough Police Department (present for a police report
Barlow, resident 415 Yale Avenue
Report, & Invoices List:
Virginia Minnich made a
motion to accept the April meeting minutes.
William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.
President Allwein made note
of the snow removal income and EIT income which is ahead of budget. Lois Herr made a motion to accept the April Financial
Report and Invoice listing. Virginia Minnch seconded the motion. All were in favor.
POLICE REPORT: Officer Miller read the April
police report. A copy of this report is
attached and heretofore made part of the minutes.
Lebanon Refuse Authority. . . . . Meeting minutes available on website - www.goglra.org
Community Library . . . . . . . . . May Newsletter
Lebanon County EMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Request for Approval of Hazards Mitigation
Penn State Extension
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . West Nile Virus Tire Collection
Cornwall Quentin Mount Gretna Youth Association . .
. Thank You Note
Youghiogheny Riverkeeper . . . . . . . . . . . Pipeline Information Public Meeting on May 14th
Kilgore will prepare a resolution to approve the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the
Boroughs Association Meeting: Lois Herr
reported that she attended the DLCBA meeting.
One of the topics of discussion
was email communications; council members should never use “reply all” when
discussing matters of council business.
A Social Picnic and meeting are scheduled for July 29th
at the Jonestown Park.
PUBLIC COMMENT: NONE
Proposed New House: William Barlow presented preliminary plans
for a proposed new house on Lebanon Avenue.
The proposed plan is for a small house with no garage or off-street
parking. The plan includes a raised
walkway for entrance to Lebanon Avenue. Mr.
Barlow would like to allow for a 12’ utility easement on the east side of the
property which would then become a pathway from Lancaster to Lebanon Avenue. Mr. Barlow stated that a rain garden would be
installed on the north of the house to deal with storm water.
Kilgore informed Mr. Barlow that a sealed survey including the setbacks should
be prepared for the June Council meeting.
thanked Mr. Barlow for his willingness to allow for a utility easement.
MOUNT GRETNA VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY: No Report
Ordinance #197: Michael Bell
made a motion to proceed with preparation of an ordinance to vacate storm water
easement across Larry Roush’s property from March 6, 1998 and John and Patricia
Amodeo’s property from May 14, 1998. William Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Resolution Number 5-12-2014: Solicitor
Kilgore presented Resolution # 5-12-2014 providing for a change in application
fees for a license to conduct transient retail business within the
Borough. This change of fees keeps the
charges uniform within the municipalities who purchase police services from
Cornwall Borough. Lois Herr stated that
she believes the change makes the process unnecessarily more complicated and
prefers the wording as approved previously. However, she would not vote against
it. Michael Bell made a motion to adopt
Resolution #5‑12‑2014. William
Kleinfelter seconded the motion. All
were in favor.
Resolution Number 05-12-2014 (A): Lois Herr made
a motion to adopt Resolution # 05-12-14 (A) approving the erection of a banner
across route #117 at the intersection of Carnegie Avenue. Michael Bell seconded the motion. All were in favor.
ROADS & STREETS:
Mr. Care gave the following
Brush Collection: One brush
collection remains to be completed this spring.
Street Sweeping: Street sweeping has been
Leaf Collection: The staff started leaf
Lancaster Avenue Storm Sewer: The storm
sewer project between Lebanon and Lancaster Avenues has not yet been completed
due to the weather and contractor scheduling issues. A concrete swale from the inlet at Lancaster
Avenue running 50’ south to Lebanon Avenue will be installed as soon as weather
Street Paving: Lebanon Avenue residents should
be notified that the Borough is considering narrowing Lebanon Avenue by five
feet and parking may be limited to one side of the street. Council briefly discussed the advantages of
narrowing the street.
Brown Avenue Project: Brown Avenue
curbing needs to be reset and light posts installed before paving can be
completed. Mr. Care stated that due to
the severity of last winter, paving may not be completed until spring of 2015.
Easements: The survey for the altered walk way easement
at the Amodeo property has been completed.
The plot plan has not been completed.
Parking Police: A meeting was held on May 9,
2014 with Maria and Neil Umberger of the Lebanon County Auxiliary, Chief Harris
of Cornwall Borough Police Department, Linda Bell and Mr. Care concerning the
summer parking schedule.
Equipment: No Report
CODE ENFORCEMENT: No Report
Variance Request: Mr. Care reviewed a request to construct a
raised wooden walkway at 118 Princeton Avenue.
The walkway would connect the existing porch to the parking pad in the
rear of the house. The portion of the
house already extends into the setback.
Solicitor Kilgore stated that if the walkway is to include a roof/cover,
a variance is required. Mr. Care will
discuss this matter with the property owners, Marlin and Donna Hosler.
Pennsylvania Chautauqua: Mr. Bell had
no report. Mr. Care stated that the
boardroom remodeling is nearly complete and the next Borough council meeting
will be held in the new room.
Mount Gretna Authority: Mr. Care
reported site clean-up at the waste water treatment facility was delayed due to
wet ground but is now near completion.
Property Maintenance: Lois Herr made
a motion to notify the owner of 1 Muhlenberg Avenue to comply with the property
maintenance code for safety of building occupancy. William Kleinfelter seconded the
motion. All were in favor.
President Allwein adjourned the meeting at 8:35 PM.
Linda A. Bell,
Mount Gretna Borough Council