Greencastle Borough Council briefs

April 03, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

Amended noise ordinance adopted

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - After many months of discussion, the Greencastle Borough Council unanimously adopted an amended nuisance ordinance on Monday.

Borough Council President Charles Eckstine said the council began working to amend the ordinance about nine months ago on the advice of borough solicitor Melissa Dively.

"Our solicitor advised us that we should update the ordinance to comply with the law," he said.

The amendments updated many definitions in the ordinance including the definitions of the terms nuisance and junk.

Robert Wertime addressed the council on the ordinance and presented what he called "caveats" to the ordinance.

Wertime cautioned council that there was too much "wiggle room" in the definition of nuisance and some of the criteria for non-road-worthy vehicles.

"It is like nailing Jell-O to the wall," he said. "How do you make it stick?"

Borough solicitor Melissa Dively said the borough can and does enforce the ordinance on a case-by-case basis.


"Discretion is always part of determining whether a single individual act constitutes a violation," she said.

Parking meters to go digital in the borough/H3>

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Borough of Greencastle will soon replace 115 of its existing parking meters with new digital meters.

Borough Manager Ken Myers said only the inside, working parts of the meters will be changed while the outside casings will remain the same.

The borough replaced some of its nearly 150 parking meters in January 2006.

Myers anticipates the new meters to be installed in the next couple of months and said the meters will each cost about $129.95 and have a one-year warranty.

With the replacement of 115 parking meters in downtown Greencastle, the council voted Monday to keep the meters at the existing two-hour time limit.

Councilman Paul Schemel, who made the motion to replace the meters, said he has not heard "a compelling reason" to change the meter time limits.

Council president Charles Eckstine said if the borough chose to change the meter time limits in the future, that the new meters could be reprogramed.

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