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 Kleinfelter

Virginia Minnich                                                         Linda Bell, Secretary/Treasurer         

Keith Kilgore, Solicitor

William Care, Public Works Director/Code Enforcement Officer

Council members absent: 

Joseph Shay, Mayor – Fire Company Activities        

 Also Present:

Kathy Hackleman, Lebanon Daily News

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 2014.

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.



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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



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 garage.


Mr. Care gave the following report:

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 structural engineer.

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.



8:02 PM


Respectfully submitted,

Linda A. Bell, Secretary/Treasurer

Mount Gretna Borough Council