Council debates taking action against tavern
FLnn 0FCool’s DppHDUs Wo EH on thin ice with Ambler Borough CounFLl, Ds oIfiFLDls DJUHHG Wo JLvH WhH WDvHUn Wwo PoUH wHHNs Wo show legitimate signs of trying to reopen before legal action will begin at the Aug. 21 council meeting.
Part of a side wall of the Finn 0FCool’s EuLlGLnJ IDFLnJ SouWh SpULnJ GDUGHn SWUHHW FollDpsHG LnWo the street May 2, closing off the street for use and causing the tavern to shut down until repairs to the wall could be made and the building deemed structurally safe. In late June, no signs of progress had occurred, causing many from the borough to wonder when the street would reopen.
In June, council members agreed to draft a strongly worded letter to WhH ownHUs oI FLnn 0FCool’s DGvLsLnJ WhHP Wo WDNH WhH nHFHssDUy sWHps with their insurance company so as to reopen the street and restaurant. The reason for the letter was to show the borough was getting impatient, but not to provide legal problems for a restaurant that had fallen on hard times, just yet.
With little visible signs of progUHss, FounFLl PHPEHU 3DW SWUus brought up the matter for debate at the council meeting in order to deWHUPLnH WhH nHxW sWHps.
“We heard that money would be coming in shortly, we haven’t seen Dny DFWLon,” sDLG BoUouJh 0DnDJHU Mary Aversa.
BoUouJh SolLFLWoU -osHph BUHsnDn said under the building code, the borough could cite the tavern for an unsafe condition and if that citation was ignored, it could get a court orGHU Wo Dllow oIfiFLDls DFFHss LnsLGH WhH EuLlGLnJ Wo Go HnouJh woUN Wo open the street.
Aversa said the concern would be the price of the repairs, which could cost as much as $50,000, “and we would have to put the money out and
go after them for it.”
Code EnforFement OffiFer Ron Myers said he asked the owners of Finn MFCooO’s to hire an engineer to inspeFt the rest of the EuiOding to make sure it was struFturaOOy safe in order to remove the fenFing FurrentOy EOoFking 6outh 6pring Garden 6treet.
Bernadette Dougherty, a feOOow AmEOer Eusiness owner, toOd FounFiO she spoke with AOOen Laken of Roma ReaOty, the owner of the EuiOding, who toOd her there was a Foverage dispute with the insuranFe Fompany Eut the insuranFe Fompany has finaOOy agreed to treat the issue as a Oegitimate FOaim and wiOO pay for it.
Attempts to reaFh Laken for Fom- ment were unsuFFessfuO as of press time.
Upon hearing this, the FounFiO agreed to give Finn MFCooO’s two more weeks on the FhanFe new information FouOd Ee presented within that time.
,n other Eusiness, Eorough FounFiO agreed to enOarge a water pipe as part of the deveOopment of Bottom DoOOar Food groFery store.
The water main on 3ark Avenue Frossing over ButOer Avenue to RaFe 6treet wiOO need to Ee enOarged in order to meet the fire serviFe for the EuiOding of the new groFery store, aFFording to FounFiO. The totaO Fost for the enOargement to the Eorough wiOO Ee $27,000, whiFh inFOudes preparing doFuments, materiaOs and any additionaO Fosts.