Borough Council Considering Improved Radio Communications
By Jasmine Desarae
Union City — Union City’s Borough Council gathered in the high school’s Large Group Instruction Room on Tuesday night. On the agenda for last night’s meeting were amendments to ordinances, upcoming events, possible projects and grants.
The Borough’s solicitor, Timothy Wachter, suggested changing the wording of a specific zoning ordinance. At this moment, the rules on fences throughout the town are only a recommendation. Wachter, however, told council it should be changed to require a 2-foot setback which would allow for maintenance on either side.
Mayor Natalie Wilmoth asked if this would apply to fences already in place. Wachter assures that those are already “automatically grandfathered in” due to general laws.
Another ordinance the Council delved into is the Parking Amendment Ordinance for the Disability Parking Permit. Secretary Cindy Wells brought the group’s attention to the fact that Council can require an annual renewal fee if they choose to. Most members appeared to be opposed; however, Wells reminded them that an advantage to the fee proves the space is needed.
Council members Dan Hoban and Dan Brumagin agreed it should be as minimal as possible. Both suggested $10, to which Charlie Steadman dropped the price to $5. Members and visitors laughed as they bartered the price down.
“$8.50!” Hoban laughed.
Before moving forward, Council decided $10 would be an efficient annual fee.
Brumagin also wanted to inform the community of the reservoir being closed for logging. Typically, it would be open May 1st; however, this is projected to keep the location closed until Memorial Day. The plan is to be open in time for public fishing.
Another reminder: the annual Parks and Recreation Easter egg hunt will be Sunday, April 14th at 3 PM. The event will be held at Caflisch Park.
To close the meeting, Council spoke with Dave Wellman about adding link repeaters to the borough building and fire hall. The repeaters would receive and transmit out any calls between locations despite distance. This would help in case of communication failure or overload.
Wellman explained to the group that adding the repeaters would cost around $500, if not more, depending on location; however, it would ensure that UC had access to assistance in times of emergency. Brumagin, who recently took a course surrounding the concept, agreed that it would make sense to have in the community.
“When is the last time this was needed?” Emmett McGuire questioned.
Though Wellman explained it has been “a while” since the last overload or failure, he continued by saying soon there will not be back up systems. Brumagin chimed in with a reminder of the May 2013 tornado UC endured. During that disaster, a system such as this could have positively impacted the way the borough recovered.
After explanations and proposals, Council decided to table the vote until their next meeting on April 23rd at the Borough Building.