Council Reviews New Parade Rules
McConnellsburg Borough Council members lamented a new state law on parade permits at their regular meeting last Wednesday evening. Council reviewed written correspondence from Thomas Prestash of PennDOT Engineering District 9, advising council that parade permits may no longer be requested through the borough, but instead must be requested on a special form and sent directly to PennDOT. The rules apply to any “races, parades, assemblies and processions which require a closure or partial closure of any state road.” In McConnellsburg, this would apply to both Route 522 and Route 30 – both of which are popular parade routes. The special event permit application will require the event sponsor to provide proof of insurance of at least $250,000 per person and $1 million per event. The sponsor is also required to notify the state police of the event date and location (or parade route). The application for the permit must be submitted at least eight weeks in advance of the event.
According to PennDOT’s Web site, the new process is in compliance with state Title 67, Chapter 212.
Councilman Jim Smith lamented that the new rules could limit small-town participation in such events due to the cost of the insurance and the bureaucratic process. After a lengthy discussion, the council advised borough secretary Jack Fields to send notification to Grease, Steam & Rust, the fire company and the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to advise them of the change that is effective immediately.
Council began its February meeting by approving liquid fuel payments to U.S. Municipal for $141.50 for Do Not Enter signs for the street near the school; payment to TMS for $2,702.50 for snow removal; and payment to TMS for $3,982 for anti-skid cinders. Council President Travis Bard also announced that TMS would begin work this week on the new inlet/grate on West Walnut Street.
Fields also informed council members that their workers’ compensation bill was due, and he reported that bills are now being received in January with a due date that is prior to the February council meetings. Council agreed to pay the 2013 bill of $19,486 and agreed in a separate motion to also pay the 2014 bill in January 2014. The workers’ comp bill is for the paid employees of the Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. The bill is shared with Ayr, Todd, and one-third of Licking Creek townships pro-rated according to population. Last year’s bill was $17,710 and the borough’s share was approximately $4,000.
Fields requested and was given permission to send 12 parking meters to have the clocks replaced and repaired at a cost of $50 each.
Also during other business, council reappointed Councilwoman Pat Frazier as its representative to the Southcentral Boroughs Association and named council President Bard as the alternate. Council also approved a $40 payment to list the borough’s elected officials in the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) publication.
Council also revisited the subject of trash, general appearance of the borough and how to encourage cleanup. The area behind Creekside Apartments as well as Lincoln Way East, West Walnut Street and North Third Street properties were discussed.
During regular business, council approved payment of January bills in the amount of $22,477.17. Receipts for the same period were $17,577.78. Checks were written for $16,691.10, and the February 1 balance was $42,552.52.
Council members present were Travis Bard, Mack Shaffer, Jim Smith, David Washabaugh, Pat Booth, Pat Frazier and Mayor Mike Chilcote. Fields also noted that council members Pat Frazier, Pat Booth, Jim Smith and Mayor Mike Chilcote have terms that will end this year and would need to run for re-election if interested in retaining their seats.
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 March 6, 2013.