Atglen Mayor Wesley Vincent presents Bryan Unble, public works manager, with a plaque dedicating the meeting room to him in gratitude for the time and effort he has given to the borough thus far.Reorganization of council

At the January meeting, Dirk Hagen, who will remain president of borough council, and Councilmember Mike Brock, took the oath of office. Larry Lavenberg was appointed Vice President. Gail Murphy will remain the secretary of the borough and treasurer of council.

Annual appointments

Council adopted the 2008 rate schedule of ELA Group and Dan Becker, the borough engineers.

The depositories for 2008 will be the Bank of Lancaster County, PNC, and PLGIT.

The solicitors are Conrad O'Brian as well as Gellman & Rohn & Barley Snyder LLC.

Andy Kirk was appointed code enforcement officer.

Bill Beers will be the zoning officer in 2008.

Carol Wood is the animal warden.

Al Manning is the emergency management coordinator (EMC).

Recognition of Bryan Umble

The Atglen Borough Council recognized Bryan Umble, public works manager, with a commemorative plaque at the January meeting. The plaque, which will be hung in the new meeting room, includes a photo of Umble and the following inscription: "The Atglen Borough Council recognizes Bryan Umble for his excellence and outstanding service to the residents of Atglen Borough and for his diligent and tireless efforts to improve the quality of life in the Borough. We applaud his exceptional workmanship in constructing the new meeting room and office area. We dedicate the meeting room to Bryan and look forward to the future and his further contributions to the Borough. Given Bryan's incredible track record we are certain his future contributions will eclipse his already long list of accomplishments."

In addition to completing the renovation work in the new meeting room and borough office, Umble has also done a lot of work on the bell tower and with the landscaping at the park. "He has saved us a lot of money," said Councilmember Carol McGrath. "He's very talented," added Murphy.

"We appreciate what you've done for the borough and we hope you'll continue supporting it," Hagen told Umble.

Sewer condition

Umble told council that the sewer is up a bit compared to last year, because there were approximately 57-inches of rain in 2007. "That's a pretty wet year," Umble said. He has increased the pressure at the water plant, which should cause the numbers to drop off.

New well update

Umble reported that the plans for a new well have been presented to the historic preservation, which has granted clearance for two locations. The borough is waiting for clearance from one more location, after which a decision will be made as to starting the test wells.

Creekside Knoll

Murphy reported that the functioning of the windmill at Creekside Knoll is still outstanding. She said she checked the status of the windmill one day when winds were over 50 mph and it was not moving. Murphy reported that the other issue at Creekside Knoll is the booster pump.

Covered Bridge Classic

Pete Stees has officially retired as organizer and director of the annual Covered Bridge Classic run. "He really wanted the borough to take it over," said Murphy, "and I agreed we would continue the race."

Stees turned over $2,100 to the borough, which was left over from the 2007 races. This money will be used to fund the event in 2008. Stees also delivered brochures to the borough for this year's races. The borough will be stamping and sending the brochures when the time comes.

The Rotary Club will continue to supply the brochures and food. The borough will be responsible for volunteers for the event. The borough has been doing the record keeping in past years and will continue with that, as well as continue to make donations to the Ambulance Association and Penningtonville Presbyterian Church for their contributions to the event. "Pete is going to stay involved," Murphy said, he will continue to contact event sponsors.

Tax summit follow-up

Council announced Monday that Tom Newcome, superintendent of Octorara School District, has requested responses from Atglen Borough to any of the questions submitted at November's tax summit that pertain to the municipality. Newcome is also in the process of establishing an Octorara Regional Council. He is looking for a commitment for a representative from each municipality to join the council. Atglen has not made a commitment at this time.

Manager vacation

Gail Murphy will be on vacation from Thursday, Jan. 10 through Wednesday, Jan. 16. She is traveling to Orlando, Florida to participate in a half marathon (13 mile run) at Walt Disney World, which she has been doing annually with her family since 1999.

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