But Dinkelacker warned if council made any substantive changes to the proposed ordinance, it would have to go back to the LVPC and borough planning commission for another review and that any changes would have to be re-advertised, delaying any final vote on the overlay district.
Borough engineer Chad Peters explained the five-foot distance between sidewalks and curbs is so trees can be planted with causing curbs to heave and sidewalks to crack. Brown thought three feet was better for senior citizens living there, but added: “It’s not a deal breaker.”
Also during Monday’s meeting:
* Council approved a second annual Bluegrass in the Park festival, which will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 in Emmaus Community Park.
Council voted to allow fund-raising sales of beer at the festival to begin at 11 a.m., rather than 10 a.m. as requested by Emmaus Main Street Partners. Said council member Jeffrey Shubzda: “Ten a.m. is pretty early for a beer … and this is coming from me!”
Beer drinking is restricted to pavilions in the park. Main Street Partners is bringing a beer truck to the festival.
Council member Brent Labenberg had no problem with serving beer at 10 a.m. “It’s bluegrass, it’s not heavy rock and roll, not metal heads,” he said. “It’s people listening to fiddle music, mandolins and banjoes.”
Up to 2,000 people are expected at the festival and five football games also scheduled in the park that day.
“We do not have adequate parking,” warned borough manager Shane Pepe. “We’ve got a concern about how traffic will be directed that day.”
Council decided parking in Community Park lots will be “first-come, first-served.”
* An electronics recycling dumpster will be in a gated area near the borough recycling center along Klines Lane.
It will be staffed and open 12-6 p.m. the second Monday of every month, except for three months in winter.
While many electronic items can be taken to the dumpster for no charge, fees will be charged for certain items, such as $40 for a large CRT TV, explained Shubzda. A list of fees will be posted and publicized.