Boro Hears Wine, Beer Request For Restaurant
McConnellsburg Borough Council members met with a restaurant owner to discuss a license to sell wine and beer and met with Fulton County Commissioner Irvin Dasher to discuss the sidewalk on South Second Street at their regular meeting held last Wednesday evening.
Jason Ritchey, owner of Lincoln Way Pizza in McConnellsburg, met with council members to discuss his interest in having a Pa. Liquor Control Board (PLCB) license to sell wine and beer at his restaurant. He was accompanied to the meeting by Jana Malot, who currently possesses the license he wishes to buy and to have transferred to him in the borough. Malot is currently not using the license.
Ritchey told the council members that he does not plan to open a bar, but would only have wine and beer available with dinners at the restaurant. He said he also plans to keep a portion of the restaurant separate where the wine and beer will be sold as he said he intends to keep the eatery as a family restaurant.
Council members voiced no objections but said they would need to hold a public hearing on the request, and they plan to hold the hearing before their regular meeting on November 6 at 7 p.m.
In further business, Dasher told the council members that now that the sidewalk has been extended to South Second Street by the owners of the Ayr Town Center shopping center, he thinks that someone needs to move on extending it from its current end to “join up” with the newly extended sidewalk.
The issue of the sidewalk on the east side of South Second Street leading to the Giant Food store has, for months, been a back-and-forth debate over who owns what and how to resolve the dead-end sidewalk that has pedestrians, scooter riders and folks pushing baby strollers out onto Route 522 as they attempt to get to the Giant store.
Borough Council maintains and reiterated on Wednesday night that it, at one time, offered to split the costs of the sidewalk with Ayr Township but were rebuffed. Ayr Township denies such an offer and, in fact, the township supervisors insisted that the shopping center owner extend the sidewalk to the street. The work was completed several weeks ago. Ayr Township now says that the incomplete portion of the sidewalk is in the borough.
The remaining portion of the sidewalk to be completed has some obstacles such as the need to cut away a bank and to move a telephone pole. Dasher offered his services to get a cost estimate of how much it will cost to put the sidewalk in. The borough has an ordinance that requires property owners to install sidewalks, but when the property was built, all development at that time ended where the current sidewalk ends. Dasher told council members he would report back to them so that further discussion can be held on how to resolve the problem that has become a serious safety issue.
Under new business, council voted to permit the closing of South Third Street for Fall Folk Festival vendors if the Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Tourism requests it. It was also noted that Grease, Steam and Rust has procured a parade permit for the Fall Folk Festival parade on Saturday, October 19.
Mayor Mike Chilcote set Thursday, October 31, as trick-ortreat night from 5:30-7 p.m. only if porch lights are on.
Also during new business, council opened bids for fuel oil for the Fulton House. Twin Oil submitted a bid of 28 cents below residential price at the time of delivery, while CM Fuel submitted a bid of $3.40 per gallon as a lockin price and $3.35 per gallon if prepaid.
Council rejected both bids as they did not meet bid specifications requiring discount from tank wagon prices. Council voted to rebid and will open those bids at the November meeting.
Borough secretary Jack Fields told council members that a proposed 2014 borough budget will be available at the November meeting.
During regular business, council voted to pay September bills in the amount of $16,405.17. Receipts for the same period were $9,645.42. Checks were written for $34,964.56, and the October 1 balance was $38,057.17.
Council members present were Travis Bard, David Washabaugh, Adam Gress, Pat Booth, Rick Buterbaugh and Mayor Mike Chilcote.
Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House in McConnellsburg. The next regular meeting will be held on November 6.