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From the Desk of Carroll Valley Mayor Ron

(1/2015) 2015 Happy New Year and you know what I am about to share. The resolutions I made last year, well, I am going to try again to fulfill them this year. I am still trying to get rid of all of my old computer peripherals, software and documentation. It’s hard for me because I still have my college course notes broken down by year and class. You never know when you might want to refer to them. My wife has patience but I think I have got to make a definite effort this year. About electronic waste, Park’s Garbage has to follow the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA). This means only approved certified recyclers can accept all electronic/electric items for recycling – basically anything with a cord as long as the item does not contain any Freon, oils or fuels.

In Adams County, the Adams Rescue Mission at 2515 York Road in Gettysburg is an approved CDRA certified recycler and will accept computers, monitors, peripherals and televisions. If you are unsure whether the Adams Rescue Mission will accept an item, you can reach them at 717-334-7502. If you would like to get a copy of the Adams County recycling pamphlet, contact the Adams County Environmental Services Department located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg.

Had the opportunity to attend Matthew Bollinger’s Eagle Court of Honor. This young man was awarded the rank of Eagle. For his eagle project he created a new trail at Strawberry Hill Nature. Matthew has been in scouting since being a tiger cub and has been awarded the following scouting awards: Arrow of Light, National Honor Patrol (3 times as patrol leader), AP Gleason Award, and a total of 41 merit badges, The World Conservation Award and the BSA Kayaking and Snorkeling Awards. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has served as an Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. On behalf of Carroll Valley, I presented him with a Mayor’s Certificate of Achievement.

I also had the opportunity to attend the Senior Center Christmas Dance held at the Fairfield Fire Hall. This was a senior project of another outstanding young man by the name of Kody Kulkusky. Over $630 was donated to the Fairfield Senior Center. A job well done. Our future depends on the young. If these two young adults represent their generation’s outlook on life, we will be in good hands. To see the pictures of both events go to

I have received a call about dog barking and what can be done. Chapter 2 of Carroll Valley Borough Ordinances addresses Animals. Dog barking is covered under Part 2 Animal Noise Control § 2-202. Noise Disturbance. It reads, "It shall be illegal within the Borough for any person or persons to own, possess, harbor, or control any animal or bird which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of 10 minutes or makes such noise intermittently for ½ hour or more to the disturbance of any person any time of the day or night…"

The procedure involves the complainant visiting the Borough’s Police Department. There you will be asked to fill out two complaint forms and complaint logs. A warning letter along with the Animal Ordinance is sent to the dog owner. If the problem continues, the complainant returns the complaint log back to the Police Department and a Police Officer files a citation against the violator. The citation means that the complainant may be required to provide testimony before the Magistrate since the complainant is the individual who has witnessed the excessive dog barking. If you should have any questions contact the Borough Police Department at 717-642-8269 Ext 25. Before you start the process, visit the family that owns the dog and discuss the disturbance. It may resolve the problem.

We are in the 2014-15 Flu Season. While flu activity varies from season to season, the most activity commonly peaks in January or February. The single best way to prevent getting the flu is to get vaccinated. There are also other measures one should consider. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home. If you know or you believe you may be coming down with a cold, don’t shake hands. As a matter of fact, wash your hands often, that can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Watch out for those politicians! Naturally, I am the exception. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to sneeze in the crook of their arm (the elbow) to prevent the spread of germs. Someone did suggest to me about using the armpit but I don’t think that works – it would hurt! Simple advise – be careful and be mindful of others.

For over 9 years, the Borough’s various staff and council members have contemplated plans to replace the existing municipal building, which is extremely undersized and provides little or no opportunities for expanding services and offering amenities to the community. Please come out on January 7th to attend a 7 pm meeting in the Borough Conference Room. Let your voices be heard about a new Community Complex and help all of us ensure that our future generations are not faced with this same challenge in the decades to come.

Borough meetings in January are: Planning Commission (Jan 5th), Borough Council (Jan 13th), and Parks/Recreation Committee (Jan 28th). Please reduce your speed to make sure you, your loved ones, your friends and neighbors will be safe. Don’t Drink and Drive. If you have any questions call me at 301-606-2021 or email at

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