Floor drains installed in the 1970’s in homes in East Greenville’s Colonial Village section have had things smelling afoul in the borough.
According to Mayor Ryan Sloyer, the floor drains exist in most or all of the Colonial Village homes, two of which have resulted in damage from septic back-ups during heavy rains within the past year.
On Monday night, East Greenville borough council voted to send notification via certified mail to Colonial Village property owners explaining their concerns about the drains. Sloyer said the letter, signed by himself, Borough Manager Jim Fry, and Charles Shagg, chairman of the Upper Montgomery Joint Authority, informs property owners that the floor drains are prohibited.
Property owners are subsequently required to plug and cement the drains to avoid any potential problems. Sloyer explained that the drains can be found in utility closets, but may also be hidden behind walls. These drains were installed when the homes were built in 1972 to receive water from air conditioning units.
The letter will also express that neither the borough nor UMJA would be accountable if the drains back up and result in property damage.
Council President Jennifer Boyer requested that notice also be placed on the borough’s website.
“Anything to get the word out,” Boyer said.
During the public comment period, Charles Garner, Esq. came before council on behalf of Carl Slonaker seeking support for zoning relief. Slonaker will officially request the relief at a zoning hearing scheduled for Oct. 19 for an addition to the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, located on Washington Street. According to Garner, the addition would be built on the rear of the property and would result in a 62-foot setback rather than the required 75 feet.
“In the scheme of things, it’s not a very large addition and there’s really no other changes proposed to the property,” Garner explained, adding that Slonaker owns the adjacent properties.
Council listened to Slonaker’s request but did not discuss the matter further.
In property business, Fry informed council that vandals have damaged the recently replaced slide in the tot lot on Blaker Drive, adjacent to Colonial Village. Fry explained that the damage will not pose a safety concern at this point so council agreed not to act to repair or replace any pieces.
However, Sloyer suggested that council consider removing and not replacing damaged pieces as they become unusable.
“It isn’t responsible for us to keep replacing something only to have it be destroyed again and again,” Sloyer said.