A waterline project should start within a week.
By MARY GRZEBIENIAK
NEW WILMINGTON -- Borough council will notify businesses that provide parking spaces for Amish buggies that they must regularly clean up horse manure.
Mayor Wendell Wagner told council Monday that he already has talked one business owner into laying a concrete pad for the parking area, which makes manure cleanup easier.
He added that businesses not keeping the spots clean will face fines as outlined in a borough ordinance.
The effort is in response to complaints about horse manure's causing a sanitary and aesthetic problem in the business district. The mayor added that any resident experiencing a problem from manure on borough streets should contact borough offices, and the street sweeper will be sent to take care of it.
In other business, council signed a five-year agreement with AmpOhio, the current provider of electric service to the borough. Council President Larry Wagner said that under the new contract, it does not appear there will be any rate increase. AmpOhio was the low bidder for electric services.
Borough Superintendent Fred Garrett reported that work on the Francis Street waterline repair will start within a week and take three to four weeks to complete.
And as soon as specifications are ready, the borough will take bids on a storm sewer extension project on Maple Street designed to take care of rear-yard flooding for several residents.
Wagner said he expects Westminster College to bear part of the cost. The problem started when the college constructed a parking lot in the area.
Council member Susan Ligo asked that merchants be reminded that the two- and three-hour public parking spaces provided in the business district are not intended for employee parking.
She said the parking spaces are meant for customers, but she has observed that employees of some businesses are using the spots for all-day parking.
After the meeting, Wagner said the problem discussed last month with a local grocer has been resolved. Jeff Gilliland, owner of a store on Market Street, was afraid that downtown remodeling would narrow his alley to a point where delivery trucks could not get in. The problem has been resolved by devising an alternative delivery route, Wagner said.