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East Greenville Officials Respond to Rumors About Blommer-UMJA Hookup
Written by Allison Czapp Correspondent

                Although the issue of connecting Blommer Chocolate's sewer lines to the Upper Montgomery Joint Authority was tabled in East Greenville last month, confusion about the hook-up discussions ensued Monday night.

                Mayor Ryan Sloyer asked council whether anyone had given UMJA the impression that they supported the move, but council members reiterated their previous statements that not enough information was available to make any sort of decision about the project, still in its early planning stages.

                In order to dispel rumors about the proposed hookup, council agreed that they need to meet with representatives from Blommer and the Upper Hanover Authority - neither of whom has made their voice heard in discussions.

                "Without a meeting, we will never find out the answers to our questions," Borough Solicitor Stephen Kramer said. Kramer will reach out to the Upper Hanover solicitor to begin discussions. As those talks progress, Council President Timothy Huff said he would also like to hold meetings with officials from surrounding municipalities to keep everyone informed about the proposal and prevent new rumors from creeping up.

                Also on Monday, Kramer said he looked into the issue of preventing truck parking on Main Street when delivering to local businesses. According to Kramer, state law already prohibits the practice in instances where the trucks may create unsafe traffic and pedestrian conditions. The issue was discussed at last month's council meeting, when Mayor Ryan Sloyer expressed concerns about trucks delivering to Mario's Pizza.

                Borough Manager Jim Fry said he has seen the delivery truck using Third Street in recent weeks.

                Because state code already addresses the issue, Kramer said, "I think it's just an enforcement issue for police." He added, "The issue may have resolved itself." Kramer will follow up with Upper Perk Police to discuss their understanding of the code.

                Kramer also gave council an update of a meeting he attended with Home City Ice and Pennsburg officials to address residents' concerns about truck traffic and noise. Kramer described the meeting as "positive" with "some good collaboration by everyone present." According to Kramer, solutions to some of the residents' complaints have already been put in place after discussions between Home City Ice and East Greenville officials earlier this year.

                He noted that in monitoring the situation, trucks from other companies outside of the borough have been seen using borough roads. "People assume all trucks and damage to the road is from Home City Ice," he said. Several witnesses have seen trucks from Domino's Pizza and a mattress delivery company using roads near the Home City Ice plant.

                Such routes are a "clear violation of no trucks in East Greenville and Pennsburg," Fry said, adding that he will speak to Upper Perk Police about monitoring road use in the area.

                In other business, Fry gave an update about the Arlington Street reconstruction project, saying there have been multiple issues with the repairs, such as soft spots in the base course of asphalt, but things are moving forward. This is the first time the borough has contracted with GoreCon for a roads job; the company's bid came in around $700 below other bids, but according to Fry, representatives from the borough engineer's office, Cowan and Associates, have regularly been on scene to monitor the repairs.

                Sloyer mentioned a resident's complaint about drainage issues on the roadway, but Fry said once the project is complete, water should flow through to the end of the street, rather than running into residents' yards. However, until the project moves into later phases there is a "very good possibility" that there will be puddles on the roadway after storms.

                Looking to the future, Fry said the borough needs to consider replacing traffic signal poles at the intersection of Fourth and Main streets. Although some of the poles and masts are fairly new, he believes one of the poles has been there since at least 1979. Fry suggested that council apply for grant to re-do the signal next year, but some funds may be required soon to conduct some preliminary work to understand the scope of the problems at the site. Fry said he believes the project will be "more work than what's obvious."

                The Upper Perk Halloween Parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m., beginning on Main Street in Red Hill and progressing through East Greenville. Trick-or-Treat will take place on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m.





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