Grove City council members have tabled a request for a borough-owned alley to be vacated.
The decision came during the Sept. 20 council meeting, which was preceded by a public hearing to discuss the part of the alley between 124 and 128 S. Center St.
Anna Sprando, who owns Designs by Anna at 128 S. Center St., is the only business that abuts the alley, which she said she’s been taking care of.
She made the request for the borough to vacate the alley, which she would continue to maintain.
Borough Manager Vance Oakes questioned right-of-way access for others.
If the alley is vacated, access for the general public can be cut off, but not for adjacent property owners, said Tim Bonner, the borough’s solicitor.
Patrons of adjacent businesses would also have the right to use the alley, he said.
Some of those other property owners are not in favor of closing the alley to the general public, Oakes said.
Bonner said he did not see any advantage to the borough for vacating the alley.
The neighboring businesses would still be welcome to use the alley, Sprando said, adding that she will soon be taking care of her forklift that became disabled in the alley.
Council members tabled the motion and in the meantime will research the “plan of lots” through county records, which should provide more information.
Council members William Zimmerman and Kathleen Daley were absent.
In other business at the council meeting, council members:
• Heard from resident Don Huntington who criticized council members for their Aug. 16 decision to not an update an ordinance that would allow him to have backyard chickens.
He had hoped they’d be able to work something out, but he had difficulties getting in touch with some council members outside of the meetings.
He said that some people belittled his efforts, which included support from many community members. Raising chickens can be done without problems, and the decision shouldn’t have been based on council members’ personal opinions, Huntington said.
Council President Mary Kay Mattocks reminded him that the vote was already held. Resident Willie Caldwell said that council already did its due diligence and that it was time to move on.
• Announced that trick-or-treat in the borough is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30. Merchant Trick-or-Treat will not be held this year, though Scarecrows in the Park will be displayed at Grove City Memorial Park.
• Heard from Oakes that an executive session was held on Aug. 30 to discuss potential litigation involving the landfill being planned by Tri-County Industries Inc. for the company’s property in Liberty and Pine townships.
• Approved a request for Grove City High School Cross Country to hold the John Sample Invitational on Oct. 2 at Grove City Memorial Park.
• Approved a request from Hopefield Children’s Complex for a scavenger hunt that will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in Olde Town Grove City. The self-guided event is a fundraiser that includes food and prizes.
• Authorized the shredding of 94 boxes or records in accordance with Act 428 of 1968, which addresses disposal of municipal records.
• Agreed to eliminate the school crossing guard on Highland Avenue in front of the former elementary school. The parking lots at the adjacent high school have been reconfigured, so there is little foot traffic in front of the old school.
• Heard from Oakes that Hall Industries Inc. continues to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on a remediation plan for the company’s property on Lincoln Avenue, which housed the former Cooper Industries plant.
• Heard from Oakes that Trails to Ales Brewery out of Franklin has applied for a liquor license for 147 S. Broad St. Voodoo Brewery had been located there since 2017 but recently closed.