In an attempt to prevent truck drivers from getting Market Avenue confused with Market Street and getting stuck, the Mount Joy Borough Council has approved an ordinance that imposes a 26,000-pound weight limit on vehicles traveling on North Market Avenue between Main and Hill streets.
“Hopefully seeing the weight limit sign at the Main Street intersection will prevent them from going there in the first place,” Councilor William Hall said during the council’s reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Hall, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council last year, won election in November to keep the office. Mayor Timothy Bradley administered the oath of office to him as well as new member LuAnn Fahndrich and re-elected members Joshua Deering, Mary Ginder, Michael Reese and Brian Youngerman.
Re-elected as council president and vice-president, respectively, were Charles Glessner and Youngerman; Hall was elected president pro-tem. Councilor Jake Smeltz turned down the nomination for president, saying that Glessner was the best person for the job.
The council discussed adopting a code of conduct for elected officials, but tabled a resolution so that the document, based on one from Green Bay, Wis., could be further reviewed and discussed.
“We could really be a model for our county on this,” said Smeltz, who is in favor of the code but wants more time for review.
Council approved a request from the Mount Joy Cyclones football team for an exemption from the noise ordinance for home games at Lakes Park, from March to June. The request is for when a disc jockey plays the national anthem and other music before the games and during halftime. The mayor and councilors discussed previous complaints from residents regarding trash, parking and noise, including objectionable music lyrics. Deering, who is involved with the team and abstained from voting, gave an assurance that this would be better monitored.
Councilors also passed a resolution reducing employee contributions to the police pension plan for 2017. Township manager Samuel Sulkosky said this was a “housekeeping” matter, as there were resolutions for 2014, 2015 and 2016, but not last year. Hall questioned why contributions are waived if the plan isn’t fully funded. Glessner said there had been sufficient funds to do so. Hall voted in favor, but urged the council to decide soon on 2018 contributions.
In other business, councilors heard from Main Street Mount Joy executive director Kim Brewer about plans to hang Hometown Heroes banners starting this spring. Barbara Basile, executive director of the Milanof-Schock Library, said the library will be open on Fridays starting Jan. 5, because Columbia’s library will be closed for five months. Council also thanked outgoing fire chief Philip Colvin for his service. The Lions Club pool, slated for closure, was also a topic, with Hall floating the idea of forming a regional recreation commission like Elizabethtown’s and Hempfield’s.