Borough Secretary Janis Rambo recently met with county officials to discuss how the money in the $18.1 million fund, called Century 21, will be distributed to the county's 15 boroughs. The grants may also be given to Coatesville for improvements.
To receive a grant, boroughs must first submit a revitalization plan. Currently, Honey Brook is working on rewriting its zoning plan, and according to Rambo, the council is aiming to complete a revitalization plan by 2003. Then the borough will be eligible to receive a maximum of $500,000 for each improvement project.
Engineer Parley Hess is currently working on a traffic study to find out how the traffic and parking situations in the borough can be improved. He is beginning the study by evaluating the condition of a list of streets referred to him by borough council. Hess has contacted a traffic engineer to work with the borough on how to improve narrow streets. One solution they are considering is implementing one-way streets.
"There aren't many good solutions for narrow streets in an old town,' said Council President John Swope.
When the study is completed, Hess will recommend what should be done with each street.
It was also brought to the council's attention that water is backing up in storm sewers after it rains, and causing damage to many homes, particularly on Wawassan Drive. Several residents say the drainage problem was caused by PennDOT roadwork. Borough Manager Mike Schuler said he would call PennDOT to advise them of the problem. The council also urged residents to contact PennDOT.
After several misunderstandings with residents, the council said it would publish flyers explaining the definition of "bulk trash.' They stressed that only Honey Brook bags will be picked up with the bulk trash collection, which consists of only items that cannot fit into regular-sized trash bags, such as large appliances.
In other business, the council received a letter from Cingular, which said they will withdraw their plans for building a cellular phone tower in the park.
Councilor Martha Swope proposed adding a sidewalk to the park to make access easier for the handicapped.
"Right now you have to go through a parking lot or cross a driveway to get to the park,' she said. "We need to have a sidewalk going to the park.'
In zoning news, the Council ordered Brian Yarnall to move his antique cars within 180 days due to a zoning dispute.
The council also hired a part-time office assistant and cleaning person.