2010-09-16 / Front Page

Boro Deals With Short Agenda

Grants parade permits, discusses sidewalks, variance
By Jean Snyder
STAFF WRITER

McConnellsburg Borough Council members issued parade permits and discussed the county’s renovation project at their regular meeting last Wednesday evening.

Council granted a parade permit to the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. for its annual Halloween parade on October 28, 2010, and tentatively granted a Fulton Fall Folk Festival parade permit for October 16, 2010, pending receipt of a letter from the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism requesting the permit.

During other business, council members discussed complaints they have received concerning sidewalks torn out along North Second and Walnut streets. The sidewalks are being replaced as part of the county’s renovation and rehabilitation project, but council expressed concern for pedestrian safety as well as concern about when the sidewalks will be replaced. Council also received a complaint about the West Spruce alley being closed also due to the renovations. Borough secretary Jack Fields was instructed to write a letter to the county commissioners expressing the council’s concerns.

During other business, council met with Loy Garber concerning the possible addition of an elevator on the south side of the United Church of Christ on North Second Street. Garber explained that in order to install the elevator, the church would need a variance of three feet on the southern side of the church. Council instructed Garber that in order to grant the variance, it would need a plan and approval of the adjoining property owner.

During new business, Fields told council members that the minimum contribution to the police pension fund for 2011 will be $5,812, according to the plan’s actuary. In 2010, the contribution was $177,000 and in 2012, it is estimated to be $27,000.

Council approved payment for a load of rock salt for winter road treatment at the cost of $906, with $750 to be paid by county aid and the remainder to be paid with liquid fuel funds.

Council also learned that it will need an ordinance for the new flood maps by February 18, 2011, and an ordinance adopting the countywide stormwater management plan by February 14, 2011. According to Fields, Carlton Walker, the borough’s solicitor, has this information and will draft the ordinances prior to the deadlines.

Council members also reported that both Sen. John Eichelberger and Rep. Dick Hess have notified the council that they both oppose passage of House Bill 2431 (HB2431) and Senate Bill 1357 (SB1357), both of which would set the stage for the elimination of some and the consolidation of others of the state’s more than 1,500 townships and more than 900 boroughs. Many of the townships as well as the borough have adopted resolutions opposing the passage of the bills.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved payment of the August bills in the amount of $8,649.11. Receipts for the same period were $19,868.26. Checks were written for $12,917.14, leaving a September 1 balance of $56,514.28.

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

Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Fulton House at 7:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for October 6, 2010.

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