Borough business owner concerned about what's happening on the ‘front porch'
Brownsville Road business owner Rosemary Geyer came to the Mount Oliver Borough Council last week to both praise the job the borough's police force is doing and to ask them to be a little more vigilant in keeping the corridor clear.
She commented about the “great job the beat cops are doing” saying “they're doing their jobs and it's effective.” However, she sees problems on the street, not with businesses, but with the tenants living above the merchants on the busy main street.
Grilling, hair cutting, car washing and people changing the oil in their cars has all been happening on the sidewalks and in the street along Brownsville Road according to the longtime business owner. She asked the borough council if the landlords could be held more responsible for their tenant's actions. “[Can you] make it clear to landlords that their tenants can't be using Brownsville Road as their front porch.”
Council President Marty Palma agreed with her that the main street was not a place to change oil, wash cars or cut hair on the sidewalk. Borough Secretary JoAnn Malloy pointed out the police have already stopped individuals from washing cars on Brownsville Road.
The council discussed whether an existing borough ordinance which covers the blocking of doorways would address the grilling and hair cutting on the sidewalks. While they investigate further, the state Board of Cosmetology will be contacted to see if they can take action on the sidewalk stylists.
In other news, Mayor John Smith said the borough is considering a plan to replace all their police vehicles on a rotating schedule. He said if funding can be identified for the plan, three new vehicles would be bought the first year with an addition vehicle purchased
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each year thereafter.
James Caylor, chairman of the zoning commission, said that Kathleen Zurich had been approved for membership on the commission and asked the council to make the appointment. Caylor noted Zurich's appointment will bring the commission up to five members and that he expects to add two more by the end of the year.
Under committee reports, Councilman Dennis Obeldobel, chair of the Public Safety Committee, noted borough police responded to 1090 calls last month, up 170 from the previous month. In contrast, the officers put 660 miles fewer on the police vehicles than in the prior month.
He added that the addition officers the borough has hired are in a “transition period.”
Councilman Don Cornelius noted the officer who was injured recently and on worker's compensation is expected to return to duty.
Chairman of the Health and Sanitation Committee, Councilman John Wagner, reported that parking on a portion of Fremont Street will be limited from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays so refuse trucks will be able to navigate on the street.
Councilwoman Jean Miller, chair of the Ambulance Committee, reported that there are currently 252 subscribers to the borough's ambulance service. She noted the number of residents signing up for the service is low and a bargain for the $25 annual fee.