Council Reviews Subdivision/Land-Use Ordinance
McConnellsburg Borough Council members reviewed a draft of their new subdivision ordinance and approved a subdivision request at their regular meeting last Wednesday evening.
Council members met with Steve Thomas of the county’s planning office to go over portions of the proposed subdivision and land development ordinance. It marks the first ordinance of its kind for the borough, which joins Brush Creek, Licking Creek, Taylor and Union townships in taking advantage of a county matching grant to have the ordinances prepared by Rettew Consultants and the county’s planning office. The ordinance is designed to help Fulton County and its municipalities to implement certain portions of the county’s comprehensive plan as well as the county’s joint comprehensive plan entitled “Moving Fulton Forward.”
The review and discussion on Wednesday evening is one of several that will take place prior to advertising and adopting the new ordinance.
Council members also approved a subdivision plan for an East Market Street property owner during the meeting after all parties agreed to add language to the plan regarding information contained on the borough’s plot plan. The request was discussed at length during council’s May meeting. The request was approved on a Jim Smith/Pat Frazier motion with one “no” vote.
During other business, council members also discussed the problem of parking on sidewalks and noted that some sidewalks in the borough have suffered damage from vehicles on the sidewalks. Council members noted that sidewalks are the property of the property owners and those property owners could seek damages for them. Parking on sidewalks is prohibited in the borough, according to borough secretary Jack Fields.
Council also reviewed a letter from Keller Engineers approving the county’s request to downsize drainage pipes for the courthouse renovation project.
Also during other business, Councilwoman Pat Frazier updated the council on the borough’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for sidewalk construction in various areas of the borough. Frazier said she is still awaiting return on some of the income surveys distributed. Those surveys must be returned in order to determine eligibility for the project. Regular business
During regular business, council approved payment of the May bills in the amount of $51,978.66. Receipts for the same period were $59,748.71. Checks were written for $8,857.06, leaving a June 1 balance of $40,701.58.
Fields noted that money collected from the borough’s parking meters for April and May totaled $677.41, which he said is very close to the same amount collected when borough officers were enforcing meter payments.
Council members present for the meeting were Travis Bard, Jim Smith, Pat Booth, Pat Frazier, Rick Buterbaugh, Mack Shaffer and Mayor Mike Chilcote.
McConnellsburg Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next regular scheduled meeting is July 7.