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Mount Joy Borough Council Sets Up Community Foundation

The Mount Joy Borough Council has established a nonprofit corporation to raise funds for community projects.

As a stand-alone 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, the Mount Joy Community Foundation has freedom to solicit, accept and disburse funds from sources that may not be accessible to municipal government. The foundation, which the council established at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 6, will enable charitable projects to benefit Mount Joy Borough and surrounding communities. Donations to the foundation may be taxdeductible.

The foundation will be governed by a set of by-laws and a board of directors reporting to Mount Joy Borough Council. Five board members were appointed: Mayor Tim Bradley, council memberMary Ginder, Borough Manager Sam Sulkosky,and residents Carl Hackman and Rob Foltz. Main Street Mount Joy’s executive

director, Dave Schell, saw no conflict with the foundation since his organization focuses only on Main Street-related projects.

In another matter, council voted 5-3 to accept Public Works Committee recommendations that curbs and/or sidewalks be completed or replaced at homeowner expense from West Main Street to Hill Street, on North Angle Street from Hill Street to Terrace Avenue, on all of Bernhard Avenue, and on North Angle Street from Terrace Avenue to Bruce Avenue. Mary Ginder, Charles Glessner and Jon Millar dissented. Joshua Deering, William Hall, Michael Reese, LuAnn Fahndrich, and Brian Youngerman voted affirmative. Jake Smeltz was absent. Residents also voiced concerns about paying for sidewalks. Youngerman, who chairs the Public Works Committee, said action on the sidewalk matter is pending the committee’s street status study.

Also, David Charles of D & R Charles Construction appealed a property maintenanceviolation for broken windows at 240 W. Main St. In a split vote, council granted partial relief

requiring that only a portion of broken windows be boarded up pending sale of the property in June 2019. Deering, Ginder and Millar dissented. Fahndrich, Glessner, Hall, Reese and Youngerman voted affirmatively.

“I see the building as a health hazard,” Ginder said.

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