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Mount Joy Borough Gets Overflow Crowd Protesting Sidewalks

By HERB LANDAU

Special to the Advocate

About 150 people came to the latest meeting of the Mount Joy Borough Council, mostly to protest mandates to install curbs and sidewalks, creating a crowd so large that the meeting was moved from the borough building to a church next door.

A 1989 ordinance requires homeowners to pay for sidewalk and curb construction or repair when their street is repaved. Residents have voiced objections to this requirement at many council meetings over the past year.

During the meeting held Monday, July 1, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 24 people rose to speak against the sidewalk law during public comment periods. At least three resident protest petitions were also presented to the borough. The protesters generally questioned the need for universal sidewalks in rural Mount Joy as well as the potentially high installation expense of sidewalks and curbs, which were cited by one homeowner as costing as much as $20,000 per residence.

“This is Mayberry, not New York City,” resident Adam Szczepanski said to spirited applause. Szczepanski said he moved to Mount Joy from Brooklyn because he wanted a rural environment, not unnecessary concrete sidewalks.

An ordinance amendment listing exempted streets was approved via a split vote. Mary Ginder, William Hall, David Feuerstacke, Jon Millar and Brian Youngerman voting for and Joshua Deering, Davis Eichler, Lu Ann Fahndrich, and Michael Reese voting against. The final street exemption list is a modification of one developed on May 20 which named 61 borough streets and all alleys as exempt.

In addition to all alleys, the following streets were exempted from the installation of sidewalks (and curbs in most cases): 2nd Street, Bernhard Avenue, Bruce Avenue, Cedar Lane, Colony Lane from South Angle Street to South Market Avenue, Concord Street, Creekside Lane, David Street from New Haven Street to Comfort Alley, David Street from Lumber Street to Donegal Springs Road, Delta Street from Columbia Avenue to the dead end, the north side of East Donegal Street from Barbara Street to Jacob Street, the south side of East Donegal Street from Jacob Street to Longenecker Road, the south side of East Main Street from Elmcrest Boulevard to Cornerstone Drive, the south side of East Main Street from Cornerstone Drive to Eby Chiques Road, Eby Chiques Road, Florin Avenue from Donegal Springs Road north to the dead end, the south side of Frank Street from Market Street to Concord Street, Frederick Street from High Street to the dead end, Grandview Circle, Hemp Street, Henry Street, the south side of Hill Street from North Plum Street to a point 90 feet east of Green Alley, the north side of Hill Street from Orchard Road to a point 280 feet east of Green Alley, Hopewell Street, Ice Street, Lauver Lane, the west side of Lefever Road from Staufer Court to the borough line, the west side of Lefever Road from Creekside Lane to Staufer Court, Longenecker Road, Lumber Street from West Donegal Street to the railroad tracks, the east side of Lumber Street from David Street to Marietta Avenue, Manheim Street from Market Street to Barbara Street, Midway Road, North Angle Street from Bruce Avenue to Terrace Avenue, North Angle Street from Terrace Avenue to Hill Street, the west side of North High Street from Mount Joy Street to North Alley, North High Street from North Alley to Park Avenue, North Jacob Street from Mount Joy Street to North Alley, the north side of New Street from Barbara Street to Walnut Street, New Haven Street from Marietta Avenue to Oak Alley, the west side of Newcomer Road from Main Street to Penn Court Drive, Newcomer Road from Penn Court Drive to the dead end, the east side of Old Market Street from Manheim Street to the borough line, the west side of Old Market Street from Manheim Street to the entrance to Rotary Park, the west side of Old Market Street from the entrance to Rotary Park to the borough line, the east side of Orange Street, Orchard Road from Bruce Avenue to Hill Street, Park Avenue, Pine Street, Richland Lane, the east side of South Angle Street from Clay Alley to Bridge Boulevard, the east side of South Jacob Street from New Street to the borough line, South Market Avenue from Wood Street to the railroad tracks, South Market Street from School Lane to the borough line, South Melhorn Drive, South Plum Street from Wood Street to the railroad tracks, School Lane from Marietta Avenue to Pinkerton Road, School Lane from Pinkerton Road to South Market, School Lane from South Market Street to Delta Street, Seller Lane. Springville Road, Square Street from Apple Alley to South Market Avenue, Square Street from South Market Avenue to Orange Street, Stauffer Court, Terrace Avenue, the south side of West Donegal Street from Donegal Springs to 347 W.  Donegal St., West Donegal Street across from 347 W. Donegal St. to Donegal Springs Road, Walnut Street, Water Street from Angle Street to Green Alley, Wood Street from Chocolate Avenue to Florin Avenue, and Ziegler Street.

Also at the meeting, filmmaker Sarah Hawkins was given permission to close parts of Franklin Street and North Market Street on Aug. 7 for a movie shoot. Laurel Harvest Labs was granted a 90-day extension to their Subdivision and Land Development plan due to the state’s delay in issuing a permit for their planned medical-marijuana processing facility at 249 S. Barbara St.

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