Borough council meeting covers cable and chickens

Category:  News
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 5:18 PM

The Home Rule Borough of Edinboro Council held their monthly meeting on Oct. 10, starting off with a donation to the borough. The Agway store on West Plum Street collected $1,000 in donations for the new Edinboro community playground, along with the owners of Agway matching that amount, for a total of $2,000.

The owner’s daughter, who played at the old Edinboro playground and now utilizes the new one, was the Agway owners’ inspiration to donate. In recognition of this, the daughter personally handed the check to Mayor Mary Ann Horne.

The next order of business was a statement from Scott Brush, general manager of Armstrong Cable. Armstrong has recently acquired Coaxial Cable and is in the process of integrating Coax’s former customers into Armstrong.

“We [Armstrong] are still small enough that we can do a lot of things that the big public companies can’t do, but large enough that we can afford to do those things,” Brush said.

Brush also mentioned some of the improvements customers can expect within the next three months, including Armstrong working on the fiber optics before the sale was finalized, helping them to save time.

Armstrong also plans to implement the swapping out of equipment for phone customers and swapping out modems that are not compatible with their advanced speeds. Plans to increase the internet speed from 20 megabytes to 50 megabytes are also being discussed.

Additionally, the council passed a new ordinance regarding the ownership of chickens. This is being done in response to the growing number of people raising chickens within the borough.

“Right now, we don’t have a lot of restrictions on chickens,” said Borough Manager TJ Jemetz.

Jemetz continued, “If someone wanted to bring in 15 or 20 chickens right now, there’s no ordinance that protects the borough against someone doing that.”

The ordinance is an attempt to protect the borough and its citizens from the possible issues that could result from people keeping chickens in the urban environment.

The draft, is it stands, would limit chickens to hens only, restricting the number to five per dwelling unit, as well as placing restrictions on the zoning districts in which chickens would be permitted.

Council meetings are open to the public and are held the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Edinboro Municipal Building.

Nathan Hirth is a staff writer for The Spectator. 

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