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From the Desk of Carroll Valley Mayor Ron

(6/2016) At the May 10th Carroll Valley Borough Council meeting, approximately 65 people were in attendance which overflowed the conference room. The topic of interest was the new building and the action to be taken on construction bids received on April 28th. What further added to the interest was the mailing of a flyer by a resident to the general population that stated in bold script, "If you donít want an increase in your taxes, come to the meeting and voice your opposition."

After a two-hour exchange of questions and answers that addressed individualsí concerns especially with regard to taxes, bankruptcy, building alternatives, building size, commercial construction costs, the state prevailing wage law and the grant award process, council voted 5 to 2 to authorize issuing a notice of intent to award to Lobar Associates for the base bid of $3,599,000 plus alternate #4 (no cost alternate), with a notice to proceed conditioned upon the Architect and Solicitorís review of the contract document submission by Lobar, the execution of a Lease Agreement with the Adams County Library System, and the review and approval by the Solicitor of an agreement for the extension of a water distribution line with York Water. It is my hope our residents will continue to come to future council meetings and ask questions, voice their opinions and provide advice. We all can benefit from such a positive exchange.

This month, we celebrate our chocolate ice cream, national flag, and fathers. June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Couldnít pass this one up. You celebrate by having a scoop of chocolate ice cream and it is OK to be an American. National Flag Day is June 14th. Be proud! Fly the flag that day. Remember the flag is flown from sunrise to sunset. The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it. Fatherís Day will be celebrated on June 19th. Fatherís Day originated in 1909 when a woman named Sonora Dodd came up with the idea to celebrate her father who was born in June. She encouraged others to honor their fathers in June. It didnít become an official holiday until 1972 when President Nixon issued a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Fatherís Day. It is a day set aside to spend some quality time with dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather or father figure.

On June 4th Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Carroll Valley Community Yard Sale will be held at the Ski Liberty parking lot. Call Charles Dalton at 717-420-0744 for information. Mark your calendar for the Fairfield Fire & EMS and Fountaindale Fire Companies Annual Golf Tournament that will be held on Friday, June 17th. Call Dave Martin at 717-642-8842 for further details.

At 6:34 a.m. EDT on June 20th summer begins. Itís a time to relax and enjoy our natural environment. We are surrounded by the aesthetics and natural beauty of Carroll Valleyís country scenery and wildlife. But we need to be aware that the summer months represent a time period when the cases of Lyme disease increase. Why? We spend more time outdoors enjoying where we live. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It is carried to people from a bite from a black-legged or deer tick. The disease affects different body systems, such as the nervous system, joints, skin, and heart. Early symptoms may include headache, fever, fatigue and a characteristic circular skin rash. It is treatable. Some of things you should consider when you are out and about are: stay out of tall grass and un-cleared areas of the forest floor; donít roll in a pile of leaves, check daily for ticks; and if you plan to use insect repellent, be sure to review the safety information on the label. There are many websites that provide information on Lyme disease. One site you may want to visit www.lymemd.org.

Last month, we discussed regional fire level warning definitions placed on the Smokey Bear sign. This month letís focus on open burning. Open burning is the outdoor burning of any materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. Before you start a fire, you should read the Carroll Valley Borough Ordinance 6-2008. The ordinance contains such information as what you are and are not allow to burn, what your safety and supervisory responsibilities are. Go to the Boroughís website www.carrollvalley.org, click Administration > Ordinances. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Open Burning. If you have any questions, call the borough office at 717-642-8269.

Borough meetings to be held are: Planning Commission (June 6th); Public Safety (June 13th); Borough Council (June 14th) and Parks & Recreation (June 22nd). Please be sure to mark your calendar for our July 4th Celebration. Please slow down when driving. Questions call me at 301-606-2021 or email me at MayorRonHarris@comcast.net.

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