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EG Council Considers Rules Allowing Electric Vehicle Charging
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Rules governing the charging of electric vehicles in East Greenville could be on the horizon. On Tuesday, Council discussed the parameters of creating an ordinance on the matter.

            "We need to plan for the future," Administrative Manager Jim Fry said during the initial meeting of 2023.

            A discussion over whether to allow charging for vehicles parked along public streets dominated the meeting, which lasted less than 45 minutes. The members appeared to reach a consensus to permit it in public parking lots. Vice President John Dingler, Douglas Criddle and Joe Rock described off-street parking as the ideal location for charging.

            After the meeting, Fry explained that he's been contemplating the issue since September when he received a phone call from a Colonial Village resident who was considering an electric vehicle purchase. According to the manager, the caller asked about charging options.

            During the meeting, Fry said he is aware of one Jefferson Street resident who charges an electric vehicle that is parked on a public street. However, the manager expressed more concern about Colonial Village, where no residents have off-street parking.

            One option could entail installing a charging station and conduit under a public sidewalk. However, the homeowner would be responsible for the work and all required permits, but would not be allowed to claim the spot on a public street, according to Rock. "It's impossible," he said.

            Rock expressed concerns about cords being left on sidewalks that could become a hazard.

            Member Alison Palmer, who owns an EV, said cord covers are available. Palmer added that electric vehicle owners likely would not leave their cords out overnight.

            Zachary A. Sivertsen, the borough's substitute solicitor, said the cord issue could be settled through the property maintenance code. He said Michael E. Peters, the borough's regular solicitor, would scour the codes of neighboring communities to find an ordinance that could work in the borough.

            East Greenville officials haven't ruled out installing charging stations in public parking lots. According to Fry, the municipality has considered installing one at lots at Bank and Washington streets, near the police department and at Borough Hall.

            Magisterial District Judge Maureen Coggins swore in the borough's two new full-time police officers. Matthew Oliver and Noah Mascio both received a promotion from part-time positions in the Borough of East Greenville Police Department two months ago.

            Oliver, who grew up in Harleysville, was hired by the municipality in October 2020. He previously worked as a private security officer.

            Mascio, who graduated from the Montgomery County Community College's Municipal Police Academy in June 2021, joined the municipality two months later.

            "It's fair to say we have the best police department around," council President Angie Fegely said.

            Council approved four motions appointing four residents to three boards. The members approved a three-year term for Joseph Arahill to the borough's zoning hearing board.  They also voted to appoint Robert Gery and council member Ryan Pugh, who did not attend Tuesday's meeting, to four-year terms on the planning commission. Additionally, the board voted to approve a one-year term for Gregory Gaudreau as chair of the vacancy board.

            In December, the East Greenville police responded to 99 incidents. That includes 33 for traffic, 13 for public service, five assists and two each for thefts, disorderlies and accidents, according to information collected by Chief Randy Morris.

            The document, posted on the bulletin board outside the meeting room at Borough Hall, includes 39 incidents identified as "other."

            Council will meet again at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6.






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