Pub-lic walkway Council discusses business’use of downtown sidewalk

By on March 28, 2012

By: GARY P. KLINGER Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

Lititz Borough Council member Kevin Zartman said he has fielded calls from residents concerned with the crowds assembled in front of the Bulls Head Pub on East Main Street.

The concern, discussed during Tuesday night’s council meeting, was in regard to the limited amount of room for pedestrian traffic during peak times at the popular pub, when patrons seem to fill the majority of the sidewalk in front of the establishment.

Zartman said it may be more of a police matter than a borough council issue, although both Council President Karen Weibel and Mayor Ron Oettel were sympathetic to the situation.

"We certainly don’t want to stymie business, but we also need to be concerned about the safety of those walking on the sidewalks," said Weibel. "It appears to not be so much the tables, but the crowds on the street."

Public Works Superintendent Gary Rynier said the concerns have been discussed with the owners of the General Sutter Inn and the pub. The proprietors, he added, are receptive and continue to do all they can to address the matter.

"We’re grateful that the Bulls Head is as popular as it is," said owner Paul Pendyck, "and that’s good for the entire community. At the same time, we do not want to become a nuisance."

Two signs posted outside the establishment state, "All tables, chairs and patrons must remain within five feet of the pub."

Pendyck said he has a proposal for temporary fencing that can be removed after business hours, which will be discussed at an April zoning hearing board meeting.

In the meantime, management at the pub will do all it can to police the situation.

Upcoming Roadwork

Council members were briefed Tuesday on street improvement plans projected into 2013 and 2014.

Rynier explained that even though work on the 2012 list of improvements were not yet into full swing, preliminary work on the 2013 budget had started, making it necessary to begin thinking ahead to next year. And, by projecting plans into 2014, it would give those residents who would need to complete curb and sidewalk improvements or replacement time to get that work done ahead of the larger scale borough work.

The 2013 program would include improvements to Owl Hill Road, the entire distance through the borough. South Cedar Street, from Oxford Drive to Owl Hill Road, is also slated for resurfacing.

In 2014, the borough plans to resurface East New Street from North Cedar to Water streets, and from Water Street on to North Street. North Street will also be resurfaced from Front to East New, and the Market Street bridge will also be resurfaced. All affected residents will be contacted with further details of the program.

Special Events Approved

Council approved a number of special event applications Tuesday night:

The annual Scout Camporee in Lititz Springs Park is scheduled for April 13-15.

Lititz’s Memorial Day parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 56, was approved.

The Lions Club’s annual Independence Day parade, to be held July 3, also got the OK from council.

The Freshburst five mile run and 5K walk will be held Saturday, July 21, beginning and ending at the Johnson & Johnson plant.

The Lititz Outdoor Fine Art Show was given the green light for Saturday, July 28 in Lititz Springs Park.

The Rotary Club Craft Show will be held Saturday, Aug. 11.

Lititz Springs Pool

Council voted to hire Andy Amway to be the swimming pool manager again this summer at his same salary rate as last year. The 2012 swimming season will mark the 36th year in this position for Amway.

Craig Wegman was also hired as assistant manager, marking over 25 years that he has served the borough in this capacity.

Ashley Singer was hired as the pool’s office manager and assistant manager. Council also approved a list of staff positions at Amway’s recommendation for the coming season.

In a related measure, council approved recCenter use of the outdoor swimming pool for summer swimming lessons, as it has in the past. This year, classes will run from June 18 until Aug. 17. Use was also approved for water exercise classes. More BOROUGH COUNCIL, page A15

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