Safety Concerns of Playground Equipment Raised
On Tuesday night, solicitor Barry Tomlinson reported to East Greenville borough council that the agreement of sale for the acquisition of land within Colonial Village would need to be delayed again.
The agreement, arranged between the borough and the former Colonial Village Association (CVA) would turn over to the borough three common areas within the development, including the abandoned clubhouse. Finalization of the agreement of sale had previously been extended through August due to the illness of the CVA attorney.
Tomlinson explained that an additional extension through mid-December is needed to gather more information for the title company. A quorum of four voted to allow for the extension and again authorized Borough Manager James Fry to complete all documentation for settlement.
As previously reported, the now-dissolved Colonial Village Association offered the three common areas to the borough as they had been unable to maintain them. While awaiting finalization of the agreement of sale, council received three complaints from residents about the lawn maintenance in Colonial Village, as well as the safety of the abandoned clubhouse and play equipment.
Councilman Josiah Pierson asked if the borough could intervene before acquiring the land for safety’s sake, explaining that the existing dilapidated swing set and debris pose a significant hazard.
"It’s a public safety issue, I think," Pierson said. "I doubt anyone will mind if we take care of it."
Fry explained that the borough employees have been minimally mowing the grass in these areas, as the borough does for any abandoned property. Council President Jennifer Boyer added that any additional maintenance or clean up would normally wait until the sale is finalized but agreed that action should be taken for the safety of residents.
"It’s a hazard which warrants us getting rid of it," Boyer added.
Council voted to remove the swing set on the property and clean up any debris, specifically around the clubhouse.
In other business, Councilwoman Marita Thomson pointed out that the Aug. 1 motion to correct water billing discrepancies by crediting the accounts of overbilled customers should have also included debiting the accounts that were under-billed during this same period. Last month, Thomson explained that the 2009-2010 water billing discrepancies were discovered during a recent audit.
Thomson added that few customer accounts will need to be debited compared to the number overbilled, and that the amounts that will need to be repaid to the borough are small. Still, both Pierson and Boyer asked that the borough give ample time to customers to repay the money. Council then passed a new motion to debit the accounts of the 2009-2010 water customers who were under-billed.