Residents continued to protest a Mount Joy Borough ordinance mandating construction of sidewalks and curbs at homeowner expense. This lead to a spirited discussion at the latest Borough Council meeting.
Borough residents Beth Brelje and Sherry Torres spoke against placing the significant cost burden of new sidewalks upon individual homeowners thereby undermining their household budgets. Dale Murray, of the Main Street Mount Joy organization, questioned council’s interpretation of the ordinance, saying he did not believe new sidewalks are mandatory.
Council member Jon Millar reported that the borough Public Works Committee is split on the sidewalk ordinance which he said “needs to be nailed down and reworded so everyone has a clear picture.”
“I disagree with the ordinance,” Millar added.
Borough Manager Samuel Sulkosky said he is investigating obtaining sidewalk loans for homeowners from financial institutions. Mayor Tim Bradley said that the borough Public Works Committee is still studying the sidewalk ordinance and that all concerned homeowners should attend and speak at committee meetings on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Also at the meeting, Main Street Mount Joy board member Dale Murray introduced Dave Schell as the organization’s new Executive Director, filling the position vacated by the May resignation of Kim Brewer. Schell is owner Schell’s Web Design company based in Mount Joy.
In other business, council indicated that it couldnot act on Sandra Melhorn’s petition to vacate anunopened portion of Farmview Lane until all impacted property owners have consented. Laurel Harvest Labs was granted a 90-day extension till Oct. 2 to record their approved land development plan.
Council also agreed to prefund participation in the county Records Management System for five years in order to receive a 20 percent discount.