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East Greenville Moves to Prohibit Projectile Weapons
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2024-05-22

            East Greenville Council took action Monday night to eliminate the discharge of projectile weapons in the borough. The members voted unanimously to advertise an amendment to a borough ordinance.

            If approved, the legal change would outlaw archery of any kind in the borough. The measure has been reviewed by the borough's police chief, according to Solicitor Michael Peters.

            Prior to the vote, Peters said he has been working with Randy Morris, who leads the Borough of East Greenville Police Department, to craft the amendment. According to the solicitor, the goal is to stop people from doing dangerous things in a dense community.

            In the ordinance language, Morris identified a specific issue in the borough … regarding the discharge of projectile weapons, including for target practice.

            After the meeting, Peters said he was not aware of the specific incident or any of the pertinent details.

            According to Morris, an inquiry from a resident regarding the use of archery within the Borough and/or weapons in general led to the creation of the ordinance.

In an email received Tuesday afternoon, Morris wrote that most municipalities "(including our neighboring department) have ordinances regarding this issue." It states that when he learned that East Greenville did not have one, he urged the council to consider creating an ordinance.

            According to Peters, approval would not affect the borough police department. In response to a question from council President Douglas Criddle, the solicitor said the ordinance amendment would not impede citizens' Second Amendment rights.

            "This has nothing to do with self-defense," the solicitor said.

            According to Fry, approval would prevent Perkiomen School from conducting archery – as part of its gym class – on the tennis courts located in the borough.

            The same three alcohol vendors who appeared at this month's First Friday event will return for the June 7 event. Council voted to approve the permit applications for Simple Days Beer, the Spinnerstown Hotel and Perkiomen Valley Brewery.

            Simple Days will operate at a table adjacent to its property, located at 231 Main St. The Spinnerstown Hotel, located at 2195 Spinnerstown Road in Milford Township, will operate out of a beer truck.

            The Perkiomen Valley Brewery, located at 101 Walnut St. in Green Lane, will set up on a sponsoring property.

            The members voted to approve an invoice to a Northampton contractor. A motion to approve a $6,550 invoice to Lehigh Valley Modeling for its work to paint the interior at the borough's Water Plant, located at 1200 Water St. in Upper Hanover, passed unanimously. In November 2022, council voted unanimously to move forward with the project at a total cost of $24,289.10.

            Council voted to accept the resignation of a Civil Service Commission member. Daniel Keegan Ash is moving out of the borough, according to Criddle.

            Craig Buck – an alternate on the commission – is willing to succeed Ash, according to Mayor Stephen Wescott. The members decided to begin the work of finding another alternative commission member.

            Members Melissa Leinbach and Alison Palmer did not attend the meeting which lasted 18 minutes. Criddle announced that council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3.


 

 

 

 

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