Before the start of its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 7, the Christiana Borough Council will take public comment as part of a hearing on eliminating Conversion Apartments from their zoning ordinances. To do so would effectively prevent homeowners from turning their house into apartments for future income.
When last discussed at a council meeting a few months ago, the council appeared undecided if banning conversion apartments was the way to go. It has not been discussed at a public meeting since.
Borough Manager Laverne "Bud" Rettew said too many old Victorian homes within the borough were being changed into apartments and/or rental properties.
The hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m., immediately preceding the council's regular monthly meeting.
In other business taken at the council's work session on Feb. 22, the council discussed:
* The drainage problem at Newport and Sadsbury avenues. They sent a letter to Sadsbury Township about the problem and they forwarded the letter to PennDOT.
* The borough received a grant for $59,613 for resurfacing projects. Streets, or parts of streets, expected to be done include West Slokum Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Newport Avenue, Broad Street and Elm Street.
With the resurfacing project will be the first time the borough will be using a SuperPave mix rather than the standard ID2 Mix. Rettew said the change is a state requirement. "The state said no highway funds will be used for ID2, just SuperPave," he said.
* Rettew said they have been receiving complaints about a residence on Pine Street, which has two un-inspected vehicles in the back of its property and a littered backyard.
* Rettew reported that a new federal program would require mandatory training of its firefighters, police and operations director, Evan Fields. He said it was part of a move to get all the states under one program.
* Rettew reported that the Lancaster County Planning Commission has given preliminary approval to the 1 Broad Street townhouses development.
* Rettew reported on Visual Alert, a program police could use to create a database of arrests. He said they received a presentation on the program. Original cost was $4,320, but the borough could get it at the discounted price of $2,234. Rettew said the money could come from the $12,000 insurance premium the borough had received.
In explaining the program, he said it could keep track of all types of incidents including stolen property and traffic citations. Eventually there would be a link to other police departments, and he said the West Fallowfield and West Sadsbury police were already using the program.
Rettew also said there would be an annual fee of $725 for upgrades and maintenance.