2010-04-15 / Front Page

Boro Council Enacts Sidewalk Ordinance

Agrees to rent parking spaces to county

McConnellsburg Borough Council members enacted a sidewalk ordinance last Wednesday evening after hearing no comment during the meeting convened to receive public comment. On a Mack Shaffer/Rick Buterbaugh motion, council voted to adopt the ordinance with Councilman Pat Booth casting the only “no” vote.

The ordinance will require “all existing sidewalks and curbs along streets, alleys, public ways or state highways to be maintained to provide safe passage to and be provided for the use of pedestrians at the expense of the owner of the abutting properties and shall be kept in good repair and safe condition, free of vegetation and shall not be a hazard to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.” It further requires that where there are no existing sidewalks and curbs as described above, they must be constructed at the expense of the owners of the abutting properties.

The ordinance further outlines specifications for the construction or repair and describes what constitutes a defective sidewalk.

Under the terms of the ordinance, council will give written notice to a property owner to construct a sidewalk or curb and the property owner will have one year to comply with the notice.

Council will give written notice to repair a defective sidewalk or curb and the property owner will have 60 days to comply with the notice.

Those convicted of being in violation of the ordinance may be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 plus costs, and each day that a violation continues will constitute a separate offense. The ordinance became effective five days after its enactment last Wednesday evening.

Council also met with Commissioner David Hoover II, who updated members on the county’s renovation project. According to Hoover, the county’s courtroom will be moved to the Fulton Theatre from May 3 to July 31 of this year in order for renovations to be completed in the courtroom of the courthouse. Hoover told council that the commissioners are concerned about parking for jurors and court staff during that period, and it was agreed that the borough will rent 15 to 17 spaces in the Fulton House parking lot to the county for $10 per space per month. Hoover said he would take the offer back to the full board of commissioners for discussion and an ultimate decision.

During other business, council gave approval to two requests for street closings. The Chamber of Commerce & Tourism will hold its annual Strawberry Festival in June at the old Medical Center. Council gave permission to close West Maple to South First Street for use by vendors.

Council also approved a request from Culler’s Feed Store to close North Street from Second to Third Street for a public sale on Friday, April 16.

Council gave permission for the Girl Scouts to decorate parking meters with flags for Memorial Day and also gave permission to Relay For Life to decorate meters with pink ribbons.

Council also discussed the removal of a single parking meter at the corner of the alley off Third Street at the intersection of the McDonald’s parking lot due to visibility issues. Although most members favored its removal, further action was tabled.

Borough secretary Jack Fields announced that a private contractor will sweep all borough streets (except Lincoln Way and Route 522) on April 28 and 29. Fields also announced that spring cleanup day was to be held on April 9 in the borough.

Council members also received a draft copy of their new zoning and subdivision and land development ordinances for review from the county’s planning office. The review will occur over a period of at least two months, according to council President Travis Bard.

The council also adopted a resolution designating the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism as the entity to receive grant funding for tourist promotion in the county. In an additional chamber matter, council agreed to purchase a onequarter page ad for $25 in the chamber’s annual golf program.

In written correspondence, local realtor Ronnie Richards informed council that he may have a buyer for the laundromat on Maple Street, and the prospective buyer has inquired about putting a carwash in back of it. Council agreed that the property was already zoned commercial and as long as setback requirements were met, it would likely approve the project. Council did note, however, that there may be other regulatory requirements from other agencies.

Regular business

During other business, council approved payment of March bills in the amount of $10,975.06. Receipts for the same period were $14,294.42. Checks were written for $16,486.22 and the April 1 balance was $51,083.37.

Council members present included Travis Bard, Mack Shaffer, Rick Buterbaugh, David Washabaugh, Pat Booth and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next regular meeting is scheduled for May 5.

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