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Jonestown Borough Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to pass ordinance #2023-2, prohibiting mailboxes on certain high-volume traffic right-of-ways in the borough.

Mailboxes in Jonestown are already far-and-few between, with the post office often unable to deliver to existing mailboxes due to cars parked in front of them.

Council previously pushed the postmaster for a walking route covering Market Street and some of South Lancaster Street, but the request was denied.

Councilman Jeffrey Schott, who led Tuesday’s meeting in chairman Thomas Keefer’s absence, said he supports the ordinance because it includes paid PO boxes at the Jonestown Post Office for affected residents.

All present council members were in favor of the ordinance. Besides Keefer, those voting in favor of the ordinance were David Charest, Tracey Charest, and Justin Shuey.

Council also unanimously agreed to approve the first reading of Jonestown’s 2024 budget, which has been under development.

While the draft budget is not available yet to the public, Keefer said no tax increases are planned as of now.

In other news, the council:

  • Unanimously agreed to send the borough’s (budgeted) annual donation of $12,500 to Northern Lebanon Fire and Emergency Services, to be presented by the mayor Oct. 9.
  • Unanimously agreed to re-bid the park project, with bids opening in December.
  • Unanimously agreed to a payment plan for the property owner at 128 E. Market St.
  • Unanimously agreed to spend $390 to purchase traffic control signs to be used during the closure of the SR-72 bridge.

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 May 2.

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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