Jenkintown council discusses farmers market
Farmers markets and tattoo parlors were among the topics discussed at Jenkintown Borough Hall Aug. 27.
Jenkintown Borough Council discussed a potential agreement between Jenkintown Farmers’ Market organizer Kate Pettit and the borough that outlines what services the borough and the farmers market are responsible for, Borough Manager Carolyn Hanel said.
Borough Solicitor Sean Kilkenny said it was the first agreement crafted between the farmers market and the borough. He said that it will be an annual agreement that will be tweaked and voted on each year.
Kilkenny said 10 to 12 specific responsibilities will be outlined in the agreement for the borough and the market, such as maintenance and upkeep.
Borough Council President Allyson Dobbs said she would like to see a clause in the agreement that says the market has to meet all state and county health regulations, has to continue to pay the correct mercantile tax and, that if an act of God should occur, the borough has the right to use the town square as it sees fit.
“We have an ethical and fiduciary responsibility to cover all bases,” Dobbs said.
Prior to the meeting, the board held a public hearing and unanimously approved a conditional use application for the Noble Art Gallery, an art gallery and tattoo studio that will be located at 222 Old York Road, according to George Locke, the director of code enforcement and zoning.
Hanel said the conditional use application was specifically for the tattoo studio; the gallery portion of the business had permitted use.
Locke said before the hearing the application was reviewed by the building, zoning and revitalization committee and the planning commission. Locke said he met with the applicants, Jason Maybruck and Henry Weber, on three occasions to make sure the concerns of the borough were met, before the application went before the borough council for final approval.
The concerns of the board members and residents were addressed in the conditions, he said.
Noble Heart Gallery can have no words including “tattoo” or “tattooing” on the business’ signage; tattoos will be by appointment only, valid tattoo licenses and certifications are required, including tattoo licenses, blood born pathogen and CPR training; all federal, state and county guidelines must be adhered to as they apply to public health, and medical waste is required to be disposed of through a biohazard medical waste contractor.
In addition, no person under 18 is permitted to be tattooed; hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.; conviction under the Pennsylvania Crime Code on the premises will be just cause for the revocation of the conditional use and zoning and use certifications and unannounced inspections may be made by the borough’s code enforcement officer to insure all conditions are being complied with.
Locke said the business fits with the revitalization plan.
“We have a real good feeling that these guys are going to do the right thing,” he said. “It’s very positive.”
According to the business plan, Noble Heart Gallery aims to provide an educational, healthy, interactive and supportive public outlet for all those with any level of artistic appreciation through painting sessions and networking events.
“We hope we will bring a youthful and artistic element to Jenkintown and showcase local artists,” said Maybruck, when contacted after the hearing.
Maybruck said he and business partner Weber, plan to open the gallery in a few weeks after they get the occupancy permits they need and decorate.
“I’m pretty excited,” Maybruck said. “I’m ready to get started.”