When: Mount Joy Borough Council meeting, June 6.
What happened: In a crowded hearing session, residents expressed concern that a new municipal construction project, estimated at $9.3 million, could result in higher taxes. After hearing the protests, the borough council approved funding for a design study for a new municipal building in Grandview Park.
Public protest: Twelve residents, including council member Brian Youngerman, stood up and essentially said no to any construction of municipal buildings if the cost would result in higher property taxes. Council member Dominic Castaldi said the public outcry was sparked by an email – criticizing the municipal building proposal and predicting a tax hike – sent by the Main Street organization Mount Joy. Council Chairman Bill Hall said no tax increases were being considered at this time.
Recommendation of the construction committee: The ad hoc construction committee proposed that the architectural firm Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates be retained to develop a schematic plan for a new municipal building and police station at the Grandview Park site. Council accepted the recommendation and authorized an expenditure of $167,000 to be taken from the budgeted amount of $360,000 for the design of municipal buildings. The Council stipulated that the schematic plan be presented to the public for examination and discussion. Youngerman voted against this motion.
Mount Joy Main Street: Executive Director Dave Schell reported that $10,000 was spent on planters installed on Main Street corners to facilitate parking. Additionally, visitors can now scan a new interactive map of downtown. Council member Eric Roering asked Schell to provide the council with a financial audit of Main Street Mount Joy and a monthly list of businesses served. Roering said he was seeking accountability for how borough money was used by the Main Street program and wanted to know if businesses were being fairly served.
North West Emergency Services Authority: Council voted against the borough joining this proposed ambulance authority. The administration proposes to impose on each owner of a member municipality an annual fee estimated at $75, which was considered problematic. Currently, Penn State Life Lion LLC provides emergency ambulance services to residents of Mount Joy Borough. The borough does not provide any contribution or compensation to Penn State Life Lion with monetary charges for service between the patient or their insurance company and Penn State Life Lion, according to borough executive Mark Pugliese.
Street repaving: The Pinkerton Road project will begin in mid-July and 24 of the 26 owners will choose to have their curbs installed by the borough contractor. The North Angle Street project will begin in mid-August with 10 of 12 homeowners choosing to have their curbs installed by the borough contractor.