With one member dissenting, the Elizabethtown Borough Council approved a plan to put a pedestrian path on one side of a block of South Mount Joy Street and to allow parking only on the other side of the street on that block.
At issue is the block between Ridge Road and Groff Avenue, which is due to be repaved this year. It has no sidewalks, unlike the blocks north of it, which have concrete sidewalks on both sides. Rather than requiring a sidewalk to be installed outside the curb, which would mean removing trees, the borough plans to put in an asphalt walking path in an area that is now part of the street, separating it from the street with a new curb.
Councilman Tom Shaud was the only one to vote against the plan at the Borough Council work session on Thursday, May 2.
“I just can’t see it,” Shaud said after his vote.
Also at the meeting, councilors agreed to use the services of Tippetts Weaver Architects at a cost not to exceed $175,000 for renovations to an 18th-century building at 56 N. Market St. to make it into the borough’s new administrative offices as well as to a letter of engagement with Concord Public Finance to come up with financing for the project. Christopher M. Gibbons, is a founder and principal of Concord, told councilors that renovations to that building and to the building at 600 S. Hanover St. that is now both the administrative offices and police headquarters into an expanded police headquarters should cost about $4.04 million, well within the borough’s borrowing capacity of $12.7 million. He said the borough should consider the use of a bank loan instead of bonds because regulations with bonds might make a bank loan more economical.
Council President Marc Hershey praised borough police for their actions during a standoff at an apartment building that began the night of Tuesday, April 30, and ended with tear gas being fired in the next morning, followed by an arrest of a suspect.
“The professionalism that they exhibited in this incident certainly led to the outcome that we had,” Hershey said.