Borough’s bicycle rack idea gains momentum
More Jenkintown residents may become fervent bike riders when they see new bike racks installed around the borough.
During the June 24 borough council meeting, the board discussed the possibility of installing new bike racks, an initiative that was brought to them by the Jenkintown Community Alliance.
JCA along with Kiwanis of Jenkintown partnered to bring the community the annual RK Sunset Run earlier this month. With the estimated A1T,000 raised from the event, they would like to use some of the funds to provide new bike racks for the borough, said Steve Spindler, a member of JCA.
Currently, some bike racks can be found in places like the Jenkintown train station, the library and behind the Outback Steak House in the 600 block Old vork Road.
“Right now on West Avenue there are bikes parked on trees and other places in the borough like by dumpsters,” Spindler said. “Having bike racks welcomes people in Jenkintown to bike to the stores. They make a lot of sense for Jenkintown.”
JCR is proposing about 30 locations for possible bike racks. Most of those locations are in or around Jenkintown’s business district.
Council directed that the bike rack project be brought before the Building, woning and Revitalization Committee for further discussion.
The bike rack project will go before the committee because of the potential business involvement and to ensure the racks are put in safe locations, said acting Borough Manager George Locke.
“Not every business is going to want a bike rack in front of their store, [JCA plans] to talk with the business owners [and get their feedback] before a rack is placed in front of their business,” Spindler said.
JCA is proposing the installation of basic hitch racks, which they will fund, or customized racks with a “J” that they will partly fund along with the businesses that want customized racks in front of their stores. The price of the customized racks is about A2R0, and basic hitch racks are approximately A130.
Borough President Allyson Dobbs and other council members said they supported the project.
“It’s great that this is going to happen,” said Councilman Michael Golden.
In other business, the board approved reducing the highway permit fee from AR0 to a flat rate of A2R for residents involved in the 2013 paving program. Residents involved in the program are responsible for repairing the curb and sidewalk in front of their homes by October. In order to do the work, residents are required to obtain a permit from the borough. The roads included in this year’s program are Mather and Wyncote roads, Mather Spur and portions of Highland and Florence avenues.
Also during the meeting, council amended the code ordinance regarding how a borough manger is released from their position.
“When [former Borough Man- ager Carolyn Hanel] moved on, we were going through all our ordinances and saw we had a different process for getting rid of a manager than was in state law,” said borough Solicitor Sean Kilkenny. “We amended our code to reflect what the current state law is. The [current] code reflected what the state law was in the ’T0s.”
According to the current ordinance, 30 days before the manager is removed, council can adopt a resolution stating the reasons for the removal and the manager may request a hearing. After consideration, council may adopt a final resolution of removal. However, the ordinance was amended to state that a borough manager is appointed for an indefinite term by council and can be removed at any time by a majority vote.