By David Lindenmuth
MAHANOY PLANE - Gilberton Borough now has an ordinance regulating handicapped parking spaces, after borough council approved the ordinance at its Thursday evening meeting.
The ordinance establishes an application process for obtaining a residential handicapped parking space, whereas in the past, spaces were provided at Mayor's discretion.
"We wanted to do something that was fair for everybody, and this was the way to go about it." Mayor Mary Lou Hannon said after the meeting.
Applicants possessing a handicapped or severely disabled veteran plate or placard may apply for a reserved handicapped sign at a cost of $150.
In other business, council accepted a proposal to replace the borough's lights and light fixtures in the borough office, and at its three pump stations.
Footprint Zero, Inc, of Blakeslee, Monroe County, made the proposal to council through the Act 129 Rebate Program, at a cost of $5,877. The company will replace the lights and light fixtures in the borough office and Wastewater Treatment Facility in Mahanoy Place with new LED lights and fixtures, as well as at the pump stations and the exterior lights at the each building.
In other business, borough council approved the purchase of 428-430 Main Street, Gilberton, for $1 from the Schuylkill County Repository. Council plans to demolish the property.
"That's the last of the flood homes" said Hannon.
Borough Council also approved the purchase of "No Smoking" signs for Mahanoy Plane Park, and approved an ordinance "providing for the reimbursement for extraordinary expenses and services, and the administration of the collection of fees as reimbursement for those services and expenses."
Present at the meeting were: Council President Daniel J. Malloy, Vice President Michael Van Allen, Councilman William Hannon, Councilman Mark Kiersey, Secretary/Treasurer Tina Antalosky, and Solicitor Karen Domalakes.