By NICOLE E. MATTHEWS
Special to the Advocate
Marietta Borough Council President Glen Mazis announced a new fire department president.
At the Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, March 12, Mazis said Tom Brill is the new president of the Marietta Pioneer Fire Company.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Brill came out of retirement in November 2015 to serve as Deputy Chief and Head Trustee of the fire company. He had been the Fire Chief when he stepped down in 2008 after 30 years as a volunteer firefighter.
Mazis said Brill intends for the fire department to work more closely with the borough in regard to financial planning and the way the department is run.
He said Brill pledged to turn over the fire company account records to council for its review.
Mazis said he also agreed to attend the next fire company meeting.
Also at the council meeting, it was announced the borough received a grant from the Lancaster Bicycle Club for $760. The money will be used to erect a bicycle repair station to be placed in the Marietta section of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail this summer.
In traffic news, Councilor Robert Shambaugh said the completed traffic study of Route 441 is not yet available, but he noted it does say the cheapest solution to fixing traffic issues on Route 441 would be to prohibit left turns at Furnace Road and at Hazel Avenue.
There was some concern from councilors that eliminating left turns would cause a large traffic jam at the light entering town. However, it was also noted the timing of the light could possibly be changed to extend the left turn signal length to accommodate the added traffic.
In other news, council voted to allow residents to ask for extensions of up to two years to complete sidewalk repairs to bring their sidewalks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This would give some residents, who already have one year to complete their sidewalks, up to three years to bring them into compliance.
Residents will have to apply and show a financial hardship to qualify for the one-to-two-year extension, and their sidewalks cannot be an immediate danger to residents.
One resident asked council how to fix a sidewalk with a telephone pole in the middle of it. Council said PPL Electric Utilities could be asked to move the pole.
However, council said if the telephone pole cannot be removed, the resident must widen the sidewalk beside the pole.
The next meeting of Marietta Borough Council will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at 113 E. Market St., Marietta.