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