Rich Mingey, Kelly Builders Group, Inc., came before Bally Borough Council on Tuesday night to inform officials that he intends to submit a development plan, that is not a sketch plan, for preliminary and final approval for the No. 4 Park Place Development located on Dogwood Court.
Mingey hopes to construct 68 units on the site. The plan is based on a previous developer's plan that was approved and then revoked by the borough. The new plan was amended by Mingey's engineer, Ludgate Engineering, so that the roadway will not disturb a flood plain near the development.
Mingey requested Bally provide sewer and water to the site because it is within the borough's Act 537 sewer plan. Previously, the development was approved for sewer and water.
Borough Solicitor Matt Doll explained the borough cannot provide sewer and water because the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires Bally to fix its infiltration problem – a costly expense. Doll noted the borough has been trying to repair the problem at a pace it can afford. Mingey noted the borough has not been able to provide any EDUs for seven or eight years. He offered to negotiate with Bally officials to provide some money to fix the borough's sewer moratorium.
Doll advised Mingey that he must restart the development process with Bally's planning commission. Mingey expects to appear before the planning commission next month.
Bally Borough Council decided it will rent a street sweeper to clean its streets sometime this year. Streets are swept once a year, before the storm sewers are cleaned. The cost of the rented street sweeper is $535 per week.
Borough council also approved a safety mission statement required by its workmen's compensation insurer, Pennsylvania Prime. The mission statement notes the goal of the borough is to keep its employees safe from danger in the workplace. Borough Manager Leo Mutter was appointed to oversee the borough safety policy.
In addition, Mayor Dave Schott announced two Bally policemen will take a 32-hour bicycle training course in Conshocken. Schott explained a bicycle patrol is a new way to approach policing. It is a way to for police to meet the public and for the community to get to know its police.