New faces at borough hall

By on January 28, 2015

Council welcomes junior member, public works director

Warwick High School senior Breahna Wiczkowski is the new junior council member at Borough Hall. (photo by Laura Knowles)

Warwick High School senior Breahna Wiczkowski is the new junior council member at Borough Hall. (photo by Laura Knowles)

Lititz Borough Council welcomed its newest junior member Tuesday evening.

Breahna Wiczkowski was sworn into her new position by Mayor Tim Snyder. She will be serving as a youth representative to borough council for the next six months, taking over after Jeff Bragg’s service as junior council member. The program was started several years ago and has been directed by council member Doug Bomberger.

Wiczkowski, 17, is a senior at Warwick High School. She plans to head to Temple University in the fall, where she has been awarded a full academic scholarship. The daughter of Brian and Tami Wiczkowski, she intends to major in social work and will be on Temple’s competitive gymnastic team.

“I have been involved in gymnastics since I was three,” said Wiczkowski, adding that she has been competing in the Junior Olympics level.

At Warwick, she is involved in the National Honor Society, Junior Council, the Unite Club and Pals. She is a teacher’s assistant in the high school’s life skills program, working with special needs students.

“I wanted to get involved as a junior council member to understand how local government works,” she said.

She encourages others to do the same. “Getting young people to care and to address the issues will do nothing but good for the community,” she wrote in an application essay to council.

Mayor Tim Snyder thanks outgoing junior council member Jeff Bragg during Tuesday night's meeting. (photo by Laura Knowles)

Mayor Tim Snyder thanks outgoing junior council member Jeff Bragg during Tuesday night’s meeting. (photo by Laura Knowles)

Her parents and grandmother, Martie Spanitz, attended the meeting to offer support.

At the same time, borough council said goodbye to Bragg, who had served the previous term. Mayor Snyder awarded him with a commendation and his nameplate for borough council. Bragg thanked council for the opportunity to serve, adding that he has been doing a video program at the high school on local government, sharing his experiences.

Lititz also welcomed a new public works director, Jim Houser, who attended his first borough council meeting. Houser is a 1985 graduate of Warwick High School. He has experience as a truck driver, holds his water license for municipal water services, and has also served in managerial positions in sewer management and public works.

“I have loved Lititz since I was a young child, and I am very pleased to be here,” said Houser, who got to experience his first snow cleanup on his first day on the job.

He reported that he is getting up to speed on the many public events in the borough. Council approved three of those events on Tuesday.

The Rock Lititz Bike Race and Festival is set for April 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The route is being expanded to stretch to Lemon Street. Several roadways will be closed with meters bagged on East Main, Broad Street, Cedar Street and Second Avenue. There will be a beer garden on East Main Street near the intersection with Cedar Street at McElroy’s Pharmacy. Bands will also perform in that general area.

Council also OK’d the annual Sauder Egg Run on April 4, from 7 to 9 a.m. Some 600 runners and walkers will be participating in the event, with temporary closure of portions of West Main, Broad and Spruce streets.

The Lititz Walk for Wounded Warriors was approved for May 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no road closures, but a table will be set up at Sturgis Lane for registrants raising money to help soldiers who have been wounded in their service to the nation.

Lee Bossert of East Sixth Street asked that Lititz Borough consider installing speed tables on East Sixth Street to deter speeders. Bossert has checked with Mount Joy Township about the use of speed tables, which are not as difficult to go over as traditional speed bumps. They have been used successfully in the Mount Joy area, said Bossert, who provided borough council with contact information.

“Since the street will be repaved, this may be a good time to consider installing speed tables,” he said.

His concerns have been growing as he observes more speeders on Sixth Street, in a neighborhood where children play and residents walk their dogs. He estimates that many drivers are going 45 to 50 mph in the 25 mph speed zone.

Council has expressed some concerns about the use of speed bumps or speed tables, since they could cause problems with snow removal, roadway flooding and positioning near driveways. In a traffic study done in 2013 on Sixth Street, 99 percent of vehicles were traveling below enforceable speed limits, reported Police Chief William Seace.

Borough Council President Karen Weibel said the borough will do further traffic studies this spring to determine if there is a problem with increased speeding. The speed monitoring devices do not work well in cold weather, she explained.

The streets and traffic committee will then determine if there is an appropriate solution (besides speed enforcement) if the study shows that there is an increase in speeding.

Adam Bills, assistant to the newly-elected State Sen. Ryan Aument, attended the meeting to introduce himself and answer any questions. Aument will be located at the former office of Sen. Mike Brubaker on East Main Street.

Laura Knowles is a local 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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