New council member appointed
At the Aug. 11 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, Chad Atkins was appointed as the newest council member following the resignation of Stephen Kaufman.
Six residents expressed an interest in serving on council. Thomas Gorr, Ashley Diefenderfer, Renee Francis, Brett Heimbach, Chad Atkins and Stephen Nemeth.
Gorr asked to be removed from the list, Diefenderfer was not eligible due to not being a registered voter and Francis and Heimbach were unable to attend the meeting.
The vote was 4-2 in favor of Atkins. He was sworn into office and the meeting continued.
Council member Steve Hill encouraged residents to get involved on one of the many boards with vacancies: parks and recreation, zoning hearing board, planning commission and civil service. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Borough Manager Sharon Trexler.
A conditional use hearing was held regarding the property at 121 S. Main St. The applicant, Beaver Run Realty, LLC, has proposed two commercial units and five residential units in the main building, plus the single-family dwelling currently in the existing carriage house.
The proposal includes two commercial units on the first floor with one of them a small cafe and the other a small office. The balance of the property will be split into five apartments.
Neighboring property owner Susan Hercek raised concerns about parking, fencing and mail. The applicant, Brandon Bechtel, said there is enough parking according to the borough ordinance and the fencing will be taken care of. He does not anticipate putting buckets in concrete out for mail.
Solicitor David Knerr will draw up a zoning agreement for the next meeting where council will vote their final decision.
Maintenance supervisor Donnie Derr submitted new quotes to pave West Second Street. The first quote is for the complete road up to Flint Hill for $32,150. The second quote is for half of the road to be paved for $19,600.
After a discussion, council member Hector Vazquez made a motion to repave the smaller portion of the road. Council member John Aleszczyk opposed because he said there are worse roads in the borough to spend money on.
In other business, council agreed to purchase a camera for the council room to make it easier to video the meetings.
An executive session was held for personnel issues.
The next borough council meeting will be held 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the meeting room at borough hall, 260 Franklin St., Alburtis.