BOROUGH OF MECHANICSBURG
BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING
36 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
February 7, 2012 7:30 PM
At 7 PM this evening Mechanicsburg Borough Council held a Conditional Use Hearing for Melissa Teal
Photography Studio at 112 South Market Street.
CALL TO ORDER:
President Seagrist called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. President Seagrist asked Jr. Council member
Matt Boyer to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. President Seagrist announced that Borough Council will
have an Executive Session on a matter of personnel at the conclusion of this meeting.
Present were President Seagrist, Vice President McDermott, Councilwomen Humes and Kiskis,
Councilmen, Miller, Stoner and Whitcomb, Mayor Ritter, Solicitor Coyne, Chief Spotts, Chief Seagrist,
Engineer Barber, Secretary Dennis and Assistant Secretary Boyer.
Press: Roger Quigley – Patriot News and Allie Hagermen – The Sentinel.
Public: Linda Armitage, Harry Baker, Russ Baker, Dan Blacker, Joe Ford, Sean Forsythe, Karen Fox,
Dave Hoover, Jake & Linda Kurtz, Minn Lee, Mike McKenney, John Murphy, Allyson & Valerie Scott,
Andrew Sheely, Hugh Simpson, Jay, Dustin & Lauren Stoner, Chris & Melissa Teal, Clint Timmins, Ron
Trace, Jim VanKirk, Bill Walker, Mark Walker, Linda Willis and Rebecca Yearick.
Linda Willis, 432 West Main Street, addressed Borough Council regarding the use table for the Main and
Market Business District in the new Borough Zoning Ordinance. A copy of her comments is attached to
these minutes. President Seagrist thanked Mrs. Willis for her comments.
Andrew Sheely, 127 South Market Street, shared a letter he sent to Manager Dennis with Borough
Council. A copy of the letter is attached to these minutes. Mr. Sheely asked that Borough Council
consider partnering with PennDOT to make improvements to the intersection at Market and Simspon
Streets to make this area a gateway for the downtown. Mr. Sheely stated that there is frequent damage
to the sidewalks and curb, as well as traffic signal devices, at this location due to the truck traffic. Mr.
Sheely stated he would like to work with the Borough to improve this intersection.
Minn Lee, owner of the nail salon at 32 West Main Street, addressed Borough Council about his desire to
keep his business in Mechanicsburg. Mr. Lee stated that he has been a business owner for 15 years
here in the Borough and would like to move his business to 71 West Main Street and purchase that
building to update and improve his business. President Seagrist thanked Mr. Lee for his comments.
Mark Walker of Walker Realty, 14 North Walnut Street, addressed Borough Council in support of Mrs.
Willis and Mr. Lee’s position on the current use table for the Main and Market District. Mr. Walker stated
that in addition to nail salons the current prohibition of personal services excludes Barber Shops and
Beauty Salons. Mr. Walker noted that there are currently many of these establishments in that district.
Joseph Fox, York County resident, spoke in support of Mr. Lee. Mr. Fox stated that he feels businesses
such as Mr. Lee’s provide a service to the community. Mr. Fox asked that Council consider changing
President Seagrist stated that the Zoning in the Downtown Business District is a direct result of the
planning process that was undertaken as part of the 2007 Comprehensive Plan. The regulations that are
contained in the Zoning Ordinance did not happen in a vacuum, but were a direct result of the vision that
Borough Council received from the community during the planning process. President Seagrist thanked
everyone for their input. Councilman Whitcomb asked if Borough Council can look at making some
changes to the use table. Councilman Miller stated that under the Ordinance Committee agenda item
this evening, there is a request from the Codes Officer asking Council to authorize beginning the process
of revising the use table.
ADDITION TO THE AGENDA:
Councilman Miller added Discussion on recent violent crime incidents in Mechanicsburg and the traffic
issues at York and Simpson Streets to the Public Safety Committee portion of the agenda.
Councilwoman Kiskis asked to add a report from the Downtown Coordinator and a Main Street
Mechanicsburg report to the Community and Economic Development portion of the agenda.
President Seagrist asked that discussion on a handicapped parking permit be added to the Public Safety
Committee portion of the agenda and that the Internal Review Committee be added as a standing
STANDING COMMITTEES OF BOROUGH COUNCIL
1. Community and Economic Development – Councilwoman Kiskis
Report on Main Street Mechanicsburg – Councilwoman Humes
Councilwoman Humes reported on the Main Street Mechanicsburg meeting held last month. Humes
reported that the past Main Street Presidents were in attendance. The planning meeting included
results from a recent survey to help Main Street gain more direction. Councilwoman Kiskis reported
that Main Street Mechanicsburg is also working to increase the number of events that will be held
downtown. Main Street is looking at creating an event to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of
the Civil War.
Report of Downtown Coordinator – Rebecca Yearick
Ms. Yearick stated that she will be providing Borough Council with a report each month. A copy of
Ms. Yearick’s report is attached to the minutes. Ms. Yearick reviewed the two current About Face
Applications and information about new businesses in Mechanicsburg.
Discussion on Comprehensive Plan Progress.
Councilwoman Kiskis thanked Manager Dennis for providing an update on the Comprehensive Plan
goals. Councilwoman Kiskis stated that Council should review the goals and determine which
Items are actually feasible to complete moving forward. Councilwoman Kiskis stated that she
would like to schedule some meetings outside the scope of the regular Council meeting format to
discuss which project contained in the plan are feasible and what items may not work for
Mechanicsburg. Councilwoman Kiskis suggested meeting every other month for the balance of this
year. After discussion, it was decided that the Committee will meet the 1st Wednesday of each month
at 6:30 PM, beginning in March. Councilman Miller stated that Chris Knarr, Planning Commission
Chairman, stated there may be some help from the County for the Borough to re-evaluate the
2. Finance, Administration, Ordinance – Councilman Miller
Discussion on Proposed Sign Ordinance Revisions and 2012 Budget.
Councilman Miller stated that both the sign Ordinance revision and the 2012 budget are on the
agenda for this evening. Councilman Miller requested a roll call vote on the budget.
Discussion and Authorization for Borough Staff to Draft Proposed Use Table Revisions to the
Zoning Ordinance for Council’s Consideration
Councilman Miller stated that he would like to see Codes Officer Foster prepare revisions to the use
table. Manager Dennis stated that Codes Officer Foster could make the proposed changes and send
them to Planning Commission this month and have the information back before Council in March.
3. Municipal and Community Outreach – Vice President McDermott
Vice President McDermott thanked everyone who worked on the Annual Report and stated that it was
nice to have it out to residents in January. Vice President McDermott stated that many articles have
been submitted for the Spring/Summer edition of the newsletter.
Councilwoman Kiskis asked if the Borough has a Facebook page. Manager Dennis stated that it the
Borough does have a facebook page. Councilwoman Kiskis asked how often it is updated. Manager
Dennis stated whenever there is a new event or item to be posted. Councilwoman Kiskis stated that
she would like to see update more frequently and have information on upcoming Borough projects.
Councilwoman Kiskis asked that Manager Dennis make sure the agendas and minutes are up to date
on the website. Vice President McDermott asked that Mrs. Downey attend either the March or April
committee meeting so there could be discussion on the website.
Vice President McDermott stated that the Capital Region COG will meet on February 20th at 7 PM
and the Cumberland County Municipal Advisory Board will meet on February 28th at 7 PM.
4. Property, Parks, Recreation – President Seagrist
President Seagrist reported that he received correspondence from the Mechanicsburg Swim Club with
some concerns for the upcoming pool season. President Seagrist stated he also received
correspondence from Jeff Shatzer of the Mechanicsburg Little League with some suggested
improvement to the Borough Parks. President Seagrist stated that the next Environmental Advisory
Council meeting will be held on February 21st at 6:30 PM and the next Recycling Committee meeting
will be held on February 14th at 2 PM.
5. Public Works and Safety- Councilman Stoner
Discussion on violent crime in Mechanicsburg
Councilman Stoner asked why the slashing incident on Main Street was not reported to the newspaper
until seven days after the event. Chief Spotts stated that the incident was sent out in a press release
that day, however the press did not print it immediately. Chief Spotts indicated that he does not
believe that any residents are in danger as a result of this incident.
Traffic Problem at York and Simpson Streets
Councilman Stoner asked Chief Spotts about enforcement options to help with damage from truck
traffic at this location. Chief Spotts stated that he has been in contact with the property owner and
they are going to gather information on violators to help the department with enforcement efforts.
Councilwoman Kiskis voice concern about children walking to school in that area, which makes this a
more disturbing problem and suggested a traffic camera. Chief Spotts stated that the department
cannot use traffic cameras as they are not a first class city. Chief Spotts stated that there is a
crossing guard at that intersection.
Handicapped Parking Issue on West Allen Street.
President Seagrist asked staff to check on a handicapped parking space on Allen Street where he
has been informed that the resident has expired.
6. Internal Review Committee – President Seagrist
President Seagrist asked staff to add this committee to the next Council agenda. Chief Spotts stated
that staff will check up on that.
Discussion and Possible Action on Adoption of the Advertised 2012 Revised General Fund
Councilwoman Kiskis made a motion to approve the 2012 revised General Fund Budget as advertised.
Councilman Whitcomb seconded the motion and President Seagrist opened the floor for discussion.
After discussion, the motion passed with all in favor.
Humes Yea Seagrist Yea
Kiskis Yea Stoner Yea
McDermott Yea Whitcomb Yea
Discussion and Possible Action on the Conditional Use for Teal Photography
Councilwoman Humes made a motion to approve the Conditional Use for Teal Photography.
Councilman Miller seconded the motion and President Seagrist opened the floor for discussion. After
discussion, the motion passed with all in favor.
Discussion and Possible Action on the Hollinger Land Development Plan.
John Murphy, Alpha Consulting Engineers was present to represent the application with developer, Hugh
Simpson. Mr. Murphy gave Borough Council an overview of the proposed project which is to construct a
92 bed personal care facility on Shepherdstown Road in Upper Allen Township, with a small portion of
the property located within the Borough limits. Mr. Murphy stated this is a good project which will create
about 100 jobs and provide no additional drain the school district as no additional student will be added.
Engineer Barber reviewed his comments on the plan with Borough Council. Considerable discussion
followed on stormwater issues at this location and in the surrounding area. Solicitor Coyne asked the
applicant if the Borough would be added as an additional insured on any bonding required for the public
improvement and maintenance bond. The applicant indicated that they would do that.
A long discussion followed on the provisions in the Upper Allen Township Stormwater Ordinance that
were not met by the applicant. After discussion, the applicant agreed to meet with Upper Allen and
Borough staff to discuss the installation of a stormwater interceptor pipe in the drainage easement along
Shepherdstown Road. After discussion, Councilwoman Kiskis made a motion to table the plan until the
February 21st Council meeting. Councilman Miller seconded the motion, which passed with all voting in
Discussion and Possible Action to Schedule the Public Hearing on the Proposed Sign Ordinance
Councilwoman Kiskis made a motion to schedule a public hearing on the proposed sign ordinance
revision for April 3, 2012 at 7 PM and to start the 45 day review process. Councilman Humes seconded
the motion, which passed with all in favor.
Consideration and Possible Action to Approve a Special Events Application for Penn State
Canning on February 10-12, 2012.
Councilman Whitcomb made a motion, second by Councilman Stoner, to approve the Special Events
Application for Penn State Canning on February 10 -12, 2012 as per the Special Events worksheet.
President Seagrist opened the floor for discussion. Seeing none, a vote was taken and the motion
passed with all in favor.
Discussion and Possible Action to Settle the Real Estate and Per Capita Tax for 2011 with Barry
Heckard Tax Collector
Real Estate: 114 Bills for $54,874.62 to be sent to Cumberland County for Collection.
Per Capitia: 1141 Bills for $5,705.00 to be sent to G.H. Harris for Collection.
Councilman Humes made a motion to forward 114 uncollected Real Estate Tax bills totaling $54,874.62 to
Cumberland County for Collection Bureau and to send 1141 bills totaling $5,705 to G. H. Harris for
collections. Councilman Whitcomb seconded the motion and President Seagrist opened the floor for
discussion. With no discussion, the motion passed with all in favor.
Mke McKenny, 5 Sherwood Drive, addressed Borough Council stating that Land Development Plans
should be better advertised to residents.
Jim VanKirk, 412 Darla Road, asked Borough Council how he, as a resident, could work to see this plan
does not create additional stormwater problems in the Darla Road Area. Borough Council provided a copy
of the plan to Mr. VanKirk and suggested that he and other property owners in the area adjacent to the
plan take their concerns to Upper Allen Township Commissioners. A copy of Upper Allen’s stormwater
ordinance was also provided to Mr. VanKirk.
Linda Willis, 432 West Main Street, thanked Borough Council and staff for working to address the use
table issue and having it on the agenda for discussion this evening. Mrs. Willis asked how long the
proposed changes will take. Manager Dennis stated that Codes Officer Foster will put the proposed
revisions on the Planning Commission agenda for this month so Council can take action to advertise the
revisions for the 45 day review period at their March 6th meeting.
Chief Spotts stated that the patrol bikes being donated by the American Legion will be here for the
February 21st meeting.
President Seagrist thanked Council members Humes, McDermott and Miller and Mayor Ritter for attending
the Upper Allen Township Planning Commission meeting. President Seagrist also made everyone aware
of funding cuts that will impact the Pollack Center for Industrial Training and encouraged everyone to
support the center by sending project that are appropriate to the center. President Seagrist stated that the
Borough Recycling Committee has used the center to adhere magnets to door hangers for their public
President Seagrist thanked Engineer Barber and his associate Greg Rogalski for their work on the
Hollinger Plan project. President Seagrist also welcomed Matt Boyer, Jr. Council member to the Borough.
Mr. Boyer is doing an internship program with Manager Dennis.
RECESS TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Councilman Whitcomb made a motion to recess to an Executive Session on a matter of personnel at 9:25
PM Councilman Kiskis seconded the motion, which passed with all in favor.
At 10:20 PM President Seagrist reconvened the public meeting.
Fire Chief Seagrist discussed with Borough Council the disposition of the Borough owned aerial truck
when the new Washington Fire Company aerial truck is delivered. Chief Seagrist stated that he can store
the aerial truck at the New Kingston Fire Company until Borough Council makes arrangements to dispose
of the old truck. Chief Seagrist then asked Borough Council their intention in regard to disposal of the
vehicle. After discussion, Chief Seagrist was directed to prepare an advertisement for sealed bids for the
purchase of the Borough aerial truck, both as a functioning piece of fire apparatus or to be scrapped for
Manager Dennis asked for a volunteer Council member to replace former Councilman Ciecierski on the
Cumberland County Regional Trails Committee. Councilman Miller agreed to fill the void.
With no further business to come before Borough Council, CouncilWOman Humes made a motion to
adjourn at 10:32 PM. Councilwoman Kiskis seconded the motion which passed with all in favor.