2011-02-10 / Front Page

Council To Enforce Snow, Ice Removal

Property owners have 24 hours after storm to shovel
By Jean Snyder

McConnellsburg Borough Council discussed enforcement of its sidewalk shoveling ordinance, passed two ordinances, and finalized an additional donation to the Parks and Recreation Commission at its regular meeting last Wednesday evening.

Council members approved ordinances number 1 and 2 of 2011 after convening a public hearing on the ordinances. Members of local Boy Scout Troop #43 attended the hearing and meeting, but offered no comment on either the floodplain or the stormwater management ordinances.

Other business

Prior to convening the public hearing for consideration of the ordinances, council members discussed their ordinance that requires shoveling or clearing of ice from the sidewalks within 24 hours of the storm. Council members noted several properties where this had not occurred, and reiterated that they will be enforcing the ordinance that carries a fine for those in violation.

Also during other business, council again discussed ways in which it could assist Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club in keeping the club’s swimming pool open for swimming classes this summer. Council agreed to donate $500 to the local Parks and Recreation Commission and asked that the commission earmark it to support the golf course’s swimming pool operation. The donation will be in addition to the regular annual donation made to the commission.

In a related matter, Councilman Rick Buterbaugh, who also serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission, told council members that the commission is attempting to schedule a basket bingo and will split the proceeds with the golf course for continued operation of the pool. Great Cove board members have met with municipalities recently to request support for their swimming pool, which is no longer profitable for the club. At an earlier meeting, council was told that the club would need to raise at least $5,000 to open the pool this summer.

Also during other business, council again addressed the issue of additional workers’ compensation premiums owed for the volunteer fire company for paid personnel. According to borough secretary Jack Fields, the additional owed works out to $2,028.90 for the borough, $3,743.99 for Ayr Township, $2,810.83 for Todd Township and $965.28 for Licking Creek. Council members authorized payment of the borough’s share.

Council approved the occupation and per-capita exoneration and delinquent lists. Council also authorized Fields to send the delinquent list to Powell, Rogers & Speaks for collection.

Councilwoman Pat Frazier reported on the borough’s application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for sidewalks in the borough. She said she was informed that the county has approved CDBG funding in the amount of $20,225 for the project and the allocation is now awaiting state approval from the De- partment of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Council also approved a request from Councilwoman Frazier to attend the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs 100th annual conference in Hershey April 10-13.

During a discussion of the primary election, it was noted that the terms of Travis Bard, Rick Buterbaugh, Mack Shaffer and David Washabaugh will expire, and they will need to make a decision on whether or not to seek re-election in the near future.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved the payment of January bills in the amount of $23,676.59. Receipts for the same period were $19,419.68. Checks were written for $29,657.80, leaving a February 1 balance of $29,494.16.

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

Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Fulton House at 7:30 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held March 2, 2011.

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