Lans­dale coun­cil backs 311 West Main re­port, moves for­ward with smok­ing ban

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­

Af­ter sev­eral hours of dis­cus­sion and de­bate, Lans­dale Bor­ough Coun­cil voted Wed­nes­day night to adopt the re­port of its 311 West Main Street task force, sug­gest­ing the bor­ough fully sup­port re­con­struc­tion of the build­ing into an arts and community cen­ter.

The re­port was adopted on a 6- 3 vote, with coun­cil mem­bers at times ar­gu­ing on both sides: some urged the pub­lic to rally be­hind its con­tents, while oth­ers stated they were philo­soph­i­cally op­posed to any bor­ough in­volve- ment in the arts and still oth­ers com­pared the re­port’s adoption to the first step in sev­eral chap­ters of progress to­ward re­open­ing the fa­cil­ity.

Sev­eral mem­bers of the now- dis­banded task force spoke in sup­port of the full re­port and one spoke out against the ap­proach it rec­om­mends, in a pub­lic de­bate that lasted more than two hours and ended with a split coun­cil vote.

Af­ter the re­port was adopted, coun­cil also voted to move ahead on sev­eral long-dis­cussed ac­tion items. A smok­ing ban in ar­eas of the bor­ough’s parks, pools and sports fa­cil­i­ties passed by a unan­i­mous coun­cil vote, as did an or­di­nance es­tab­lish­ing new down­town park­ing me­ter zones and prices.

Coun­cil also voted unan­i­mously to adopt a new pol­icy on pub­lic post­ing of coun­cil’s meet­ing pack­ets and sup­port ma­te­ri­als and ap­proved the ad­ver­tise­ment of a new curb and side­walk or­di­nance that would bring streetscape side­walks built this past sum­mer into com­pli­ance with bor­ough code.

For more de­tails on any of the items dis­cussed by bor­ough coun­cil, be sure to visit NorthPen­ for up­dates.

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