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On Monday, Cornwall Borough Council held a brisk monthly meeting in the municipal building’s meeting room for the first time in over a year.

The meeting room has not been used by the council since around May of 2022. While the room’s upgrade was not quite finished Monday, it was mostly usable.

Council pro tem Ron Ricard thanked Ray Fratini of the planning commission, who volunteered to take on the project pro bono.

Ron Ricard (right) thanks Ray Fratini for his work on the meeting room.

Council president Bruce Harris noted that Fratini saved the borough over $10,000 in labor costs.

“It was a pleasure,” Fratini said. “It was therapy for me, it really was. I’m proud of our borough.”

Ricard proposed having a plaque commissioned in honor of Fratini and the crew who worked on the meeting room, which was unanimously agreed to by council.

In May, Fratini volunteered to renovate the exterior of the police station for free, which was accepted by council. The estimated cost of this project, including materials, was $13,725.

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In other news, the council:

  • Unanimously authorized the police department to hire John Zatorski as a part-time police officer.
  • Heard from the township manager that the audit of Comcast came back and found that the borough was paid accurately.
  • Updated the public on the status of Miner’s Lake trespassing, including that a representative of Elizabethtown Water Authority is to meet with representatives of the Byler property and Cornwall Borough to discuss the problem.
  • Unanimously agreed to put a 1999 dump truck up for Municibid.
  • Unanimously agreed to close Alden Street for the Cornwall United Methodist Church Peach Festival on Aug. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Unanimously authorized Aug. 1 as National Night Out.
  • Unanimously authorized the chairman to sign a water and sewer agreement with North Cornwall.
  • Unanimously approved reports.
  • Unanimously approved the minutes of their June 12 meeting (PDF).

Cornwall Borough Council meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public and do not require prior registration.

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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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