The Mount Joy Borough Council has approved an equalized redistribution of the borough’s population among three current wards for voting and council representation purposes. The vote to approve came at the Borough Council meeting on Monday, June 4; new ward assignments are to be effective Jan 1, 2019.
The new East Ward has a population of 2,494; the new West Ward, 2,507; the new Florin Ward, 2,409. The next step is for the county Board of Elections to approve the redistribution and notify voters of their respective ward assignments for the 2019 elections.
Also at the meeting, council, in a split vote, rejected a requested appropriation of up to $3,500 to the Fire Department Mount Joy for correction of storm water issues. Resident Bruce Haight spoke against the appropriation as an unnecessary expenditure of tax monies. Council members Joshua Deering, Lu Ann Fahndrich, Mike Reese, and Jake Smeltz voted for the motion. Mary Ginder, Charles Glessner, William Hall and Brian Youngerman voted against. Council member Jon Millar was absent.
In other business, in response to a petition request from Donsco Inc., council held a public hearing and then agreed to vacate and abandon the public rightof- way for a reportedly unused 14-foot-wide alley extending 326 feet southward from New Street, formerly known as Engle Alley. This is to facilitate Laurel Harvest Labs’ planned relocation to the borough.