When: Meeting of the Christiana borough council, 6 Sept.
What past: Council members Ben Scheffel and Howard Fryberger reported on a meeting they attended on August 31 with other municipalities in the area regarding Christiana Community Ambulance and other options for ambulance services.
Background: Scheffel reported that the ambulance was out of service 24 days a week in August. LEMSA and Westwood Ambulance gave information on what they could do to provide if municipalities decide to leave Christiana Community Ambulance. Another meeting was scheduled for the end of September.
why it matters: The board voted to withhold Christiana Community Ambulance funding if there is no satisfactory resolution to their concerns at the next group meeting.
Quotable“With Christiana being out of service, it throws a wrench into all the other ambulance services,” said board chairman Robin Coffroth.
The cost: Westwood has indicated that it will request 0.25 mils from the covered municipalities if they take over the first territory due from Christiana Community Ambulance. Last month, Westwood EMS requested and received 0.25 mils for the advanced life support services they now provide to the borough in place of Medic 93 in Parkesburg, which closed Sept. 1. For rounding, 0.25 mils is approximately $15,000.
What happens next: The board is beginning the budget process for 2023. Funding could be covered by a tax rate increase in the general fund, or a new emergency services tax that would be earmarked strictly for such services.
Other events: The council voted to move forward with an ordinance that would allow chickens to be kept in the borough, but with strict conditions. At this time, farm animals are prohibited in the borough. This would allow residents to keep up to three female chickens in a coop that meets ordinance specifications as long as the coop is at least 40 feet from all property lines and other structures. The modification of the ordinance will be submitted to the borough lawyer for review before being announced for adoption at a future meeting. Council also heard from Lancaster County Commissioner John Trescot, who visits municipalities in the county. He explained some of the workings of county government and answered questions about how American Rescue Plan Act funds may be distributed.