East Greenville Borough Council voted unanimously Monday to purchase a parking lot owned by the Owl’s Nest on Hickory Alley at Bank and Washington streets.
The purchase price of $40,000 cash includes a $1,000 down payment that was already submitted. According to Secretary/Treasurer Sharon Kachmar, the site will be purchased with money from the borough’s cash reserves.
Kachmar said the property will serve as a parking lot for the borough’s busy downtown area. “We have an issue with parking [in the borough] according to our parking study, and we want to create more parking for downtown,” she said.
Councilman Timothy Huff, chair of the finance committee, made the motion to purchase the lot, which will provide about 20 public parking spaces. Kachmar said that the borough is also looking into the possibility of adding more spaces to the lot at some point in the future.
Also on Monday, Borough Solicitor Steven Kramer addressed council about a request from an area resident to allow archery hunting on the water plant property at Water Street and Fruitville Road.
Kramer advised council to deny the request, saying that it would create a huge liability issue. Council agreed and approved a motion to post “No Hunting” signs on the property.
In other borough business, Manager Jim Fry addressed council on the progress of the sidewalk repair plan. According to Kachmar, the plan, which is still in draft form, will provide the borough with guidelines about how to evaluate the condition of sidewalks. Once the evaluation phase is completed, homeowners will be informed about any repairs they must make to the sidewalks.
Kachmar said that although the plan has “been in the works for a couple of years,” Council President Josiah Pierson has expressed a desire to have a plan adopted by council before the end of 2013.
Mayor Ryan Sloyer stated that Main Street should be looked at separately to keep in line with the streetscape project, which has already been started.
Huff also said that the borough’s 2014 budget is almost complete and should be ready to present at the workshop meeting on Nov. 26.