Bor­ough’s bi­cy­cle rack idea gains mo­men­tum

The Globe - - COMMUNITYCALENDAR - By Jar­reau Free­man

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.

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