2012-08-09 / Front Page

Boro Acts On Sidewalk Barrier

Property owner must remove within 48 hours
By Jean Snyder

STAFF WRITER

McConnellsburg Borough Council members will give a borough property owner 48 hours to remove obstructions from his sidewalk or face fines associated with violating the borough’s sidewalk ordinance.

The decision came after a lengthy discussion during council’s meeting last Wednesday evening regarding the sidewalk obstruction on Maple Street adjacent to the post office. For the second consecutive month, council members reported on complaints from citizens who cannot use the sidewalk to go to the post office. The property owner has erected a barricade made out of tape and buckets that forces pedestrians into the street. The area of the sidewalk has sunk, and it remains unclear whether or not the property owner intends to make repairs, but council members noted that the barricade has been there in excess of one month.

Council members voted to send a letter to the property owner, advising him that he is in violation of the sidewalk ordinance because “the sidewalk is not passable and presents a hazardous situation to the community.” The property owner will have 48 hours from the receipt of the letter to remove the barricade or face violations that carry a fine.

Old business

In a related matter, council members also continued an ongoing discussion about weeds in the borough and encouraged all property owners to keep their properties free from weeds, tall grass and garbage. Council reminds property owners that the sidewalk and the curb are the responsibilities of the property owners.

Council members voted to repair the alley behind the old medical center to correct a water drainage problem that is draining onto a private property.

Also during old business, council agreed to pay TMS $693 in liquid fuel funds for core drilling for the 10-ton weight limit signs to be posted on the Third Street bridge. In a related matter, borough secretary Jack Fields told council members that he has asked Fulton county planner Mary K. Seville to have the bridge replacement put on the 12-year transportation plan for possible funding.

Fields also said he has asked county CDBG coordinator Karen Hann to consider CDBG funding for a handicapped - accessible ramp and public restroom for the Fulton House.

Council voted unanimously, on a Rick Buterbaugh/Pat Frazier motion to accept changes to the new proposed zoning ordinance, and on a Pat Frazier/Mack Shaffer motion, voted to advertise both the new subdivision and the zoning ordinance in order to hold a public hearing prior to adopting them.

New business

Fields informed council, that for insurance purposes, the Fulton House and its contents have been appraised. The appraisal value is $1,281,775 with insurance coverage for 80 percent of that or $980,845.

Fields also informed council that the traffic light at Third and Lincoln Way, that had been flashing, needed to have bulbs replaced. The bulbs were replaced by Tel-Power of Hollidaysburg, Pa. at a cost of $692.64. Council has a $1,000 deductible insurance policy on the traffic lights.

Council set fall cleanup day for Friday, September 21, 2012. Bulky items should be set curbside on Thursday night for pick up on Friday morning.

A parade permit request from the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism for the Fulton Fall Folk Festival parade on October 20 was approved. In a related matter, council voted to buy a one-half page ad in the Folk Festival booklet for $130.

Councilwoman Pat Frazier was approved to attend the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) fall meeting in State College on October 12-14. Frazier reported that at a recent meeting, it was announced that boroughs without police departments that are patrolled by the Pa. state police will likely have to relinquish fines that have been collected in the borough back to the State Police in exchange for their coverage. Frazier said she believes this is part of the new borough code, Act 43 of 2012.

Also during new business, council members instructed Fields to contact PSAB to research what the borough would need to do to have a health officer who could respond to complaints about unsanitary conditions, etc.

Regular business

During regular business, council voted to pay July bills in the amount of $4,144.07. Receipts for the same period were $12,337.53. Checks were written for $11,243.03, and the August 1 balance was $42,544.68.

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

Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next meeting will be held on September 5, 2012.

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