By HERB LANDAU
Special to the Advocate
If there will be parking fees at the Mount Joy Amtrak station now under construction, the Mount Joy Borough Council wants to review the means to collect the fees, such as a toll gate or a payment kiosk.
At their meeting on Monday, June 3, council members were divided on the best way to approach the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on the issue.
“There are too many nuances to address in a letter. We need to sit down and meet,” Councilor William Hall said.
In a split vote, councilors opted to send a letter to PennDOT requesting information on parking lot technology plans. Joshua Deering, David Eichler, David Feuerstacke, Mary Ginder and Jon Millar voted to send the letter. Hall, Lu Ann Fahndrich, Mike Reese and Brian Youngerman voted against it. Mayor Timothy Bradley broke the tie. Bradley, Borough Manager Samuel Sulkosky, Deering and Youngerman were named as an ad hoc committee to meet with PennDOT on station parking matters.
The new train station is expected to open to passengers this autumn.
Councilors also revisited the sidewalks issue. A 1989 borough ordinance requires that homeowners pay for sidewalk and curb construction or repair when their street is repaved. Residents have repeatedly voiced objections to this requirement. At a special meeting on May 20, council proposed sidewalk and curb exemptions for 61 borough streets and all alleys. The list of proposed street exemptions can be found on the borough’s website.
Curbs and/or sidewalks currently installed or subsequently installed on any exempt street or alley shall be maintained in accordance with the ordinance.