Lititz Public Works Director Resigns

By on July 29, 2015
The Lititz Public Works Crew as it appeared in January 2014, preparing for another round of snow plowing around 6 a.m. (Left to right) Shawn Carpenter, Chris Barnhart, Andy Garner, Tyler To - buren, former superintendent Gary Rynier (retired after 24 years on the job), Mike Schreiner, and Doug Minney. Garner and Min - ney were named co-directors of the department Tuesday night.

Newly promoted co-directors are ready for the big craft show

Six months after Jim Houser was named public works director for Lititz Borough, he resigned.

He gave notice July 24, borough council accepted his resignation Tuesday night, and Lititz suddenly found itself scrambling for a new department head who could get up to speed on all the upcoming events in the borough.

As a result there is not one, but two new directors who will step into the position as co-directors. Fortunately for Lititz, Andy Garner and Doug Minney are not newcomers. They have served on the public works staff for many years and know the borough well.

Garner has worked for the department for 23 years, while Minney has been on board for 20. The public works staff also includes Michael Schreiner, Chris Barnhart, Shawn Carpenter and Tyler Toburen.

Public works is responsible for a long list of jobs, including inspecting and cleaning the sewer system, checking and repairing water leaks, storm water system maintenance, street maintenance, blacktopping streets, fixing pot holes, cleaning streets, snow removal, park maintenance and mowing, weed control, swimming pool maintenance, sink hole repairs, and special events work.

With the massive Lititz Rotary Craft Show coming up on Aug. 8, the revamped public works crew, along with the Lititz Police Department, is ready to handle the huge event known as “The Big One.”

“We should be set,” said Garner, who attended Tuesday night’s borough council meeting. He added that there will not be transportation from Bonfield Elementary School to the craft show this year, due to construction work at the school.

Council approved two special event requests for National Night Out on Aug. 4. One request calls for a portion of East Lemon Street to be closed from 5 to 9 p.m. for a neighborhood gathering. The other is for a portion of South Locust Street to be closed from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

An application for a handicapped parking space on East New Street was also approved for.

Curfew Revisited

Police Chief William Seace asked that revisions be made to the current curfew ordinance on the suggestion of District Judge Edward Tobin. It is requested that the language be clarified regarding parents or guardians “knowingly” permitting their child to violate the curfew after having received prior notice or warning. Council agreed to have the suggested revisions reviewed by the borough’s solicitor.

Lititz has a curfew for anyone under age 18. It states that anyone under 16 may not be out Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age may not be out Sunday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from midnight to 6 a.m. There are exceptions regarding young people being accompanied by parents or guardians, as well as situations involving work or school-related activities. For complete curfew information, check the Lititz Borough website at lititzborough.org under police and borough ordinances.

Approval for Stray Lights

In other business, council approved a final land development plan for a property at Front and Oak streets. The Chris and Melody Strayer property is a residence and business located in a converted barn in the R1 zoning district. Chris Strayer, who owns Stray Lights, was requesting revisions to the property to allow for two driveways. He will be required to install an underground stormwater facility. Council agreed that the current landscaping and tree screening is adequate.

Laura Knowles is a freelance reporter who covers the Lititz Borough municipal beat for the Record Express. She welcomes reader feedback at lknowles21@gmail.com.

 

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