Jenk­in­town coun­cil dis­cusses farm­ers mar­ket

Glenside News - - OBITUARIES - Jar­reau Free­man

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.”

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