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Jonestown Borough Council on Tuesday handled routine business including continuing plans for the 12th annual Block Party.

Council unanimously agreed to submit a road closure special event application to PennDOT for the block party from 1 to 10 p.m. May 27. The event will run from 3 to 8 p.m.

Council was also asked to make a decision regarding a CBD distributor that had requested a vendor slot at the block party.

Council members discussed the topic and several expressed concerns that allowing the vendor would show borough support for CBD product use. While no action was taken, council agreed not to allow the vendor.

Council also unanimously agreed to accept the resignation of Gerald Reardon as Jonestown Borough’s emergency management coordinator.

They heard a presentation from Gary Verna of Lebanon County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) offering to assume the role, as Pennsylvania law requires municipalities to have a emergency management coordinator.

He noted that requirements for the role have recently increased, making it more difficult for volunteer coordinators to make the time.

EMA serves as coordinator for Cornwall, South Lebanon, and North Lebanon. Its services, Verna said, are free to the borough.

Council opted against taking action at this time and chose to discuss the topic at its upcoming workshop on March 27.

In other news, council:

  • Unanimously agreed to transfer $17,595.15 from the ARPA Fund to the General Fund, as a Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside invoice was mistakenly paid for out of the General Fund instead of the ARPA Fund.
  • Unanimously approved the installation of a cellular communicator for their alarm system for $555 and yearly fees totaling $477.
  • Unanimously approved an application for the Federal Surplus Property Program on behalf of Northern Lebanon Fire & Emergency.
  • Heard the engineering report, including that road sealing of Rose Lane, West Swatara, and North Broad is planned for April 2024.
  • Approved list of fundraising events for the North Lebanon Fire and Emergency Services.
  • Announced the presentation of a plaque to Russ Diamond at 5 p.m. March 16.

Jonestown Borough Council meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at 295 South Mill St. The next meeting will be held April 4.

These meetings are open to the public and do not require prior registration.

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Emily Bixler

Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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