Bucks County Herald

New Hope Borough Council okays 5K route, contracts for planning services


The New Hope Borough Council discussed amending permission to the annual Run Now Wine Later festival and 5 kilometer run this coming fall at its March 27 meeting.

The amendment would include a route adjustment to avoid cutting off Mechanic Street for extended time periods, in action based upon previous complaints.

The run, scheduled for the morning of Sept. 9, typically starts at the high school and wends its way to the Bucks County Playhouse, where runners can then partake in food and wine tasting. While the event is titled Run Now Wine Later, those who choose not to run can go directly to the festival where they can wine earlier.

The 5K route will be the subject of further discussion between event coordinators and Chief of Police Michael Cummings.

In other borough business, a resolution requesting multimodal transportation fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for pedestrian improvements along West Ferry Street passed unanimously. The improvements include a redesign of curb ramps consistent with Americans with Disability Act (ADA) guidance as well as curbing and sidewalks.

Mayor Larry Keller announced that the New Hope Eagle Fire Company was opening the American Legion lot every day this year for weekday daytime parking, opening parking for an additional 80 to 100 vehicles. He added that monthly and weekly rates were also available.

What council President Alison Kingsley described as “long overdue,” an agreement with the Bucks County Planning Commission for their professional services to execute a zoning ordinance update in the amount of $4,500 and a subdivision land development ordinance revision in the amount of $14,000 for New Hope Borough passed without dissent.

A resolution for Penn Community Bank to identify designated representatives for various banking authorizations also carried with the full support of the council.

Elizabeth Miles was appointed as tax collector with the term expiring Dec. 31, 2021. Councilman Peter Meyers was appointed to the planning commission. Approval was also granted in the amount of $650 for plantings with the Parks and Recreation Board.

A request from the New Hope Chamber to hang a temporary banner on South Main Street for the Taste of New Hope Event on May 2, passed.

A request from event coordinators for the annual New Hope Celebrates for permission to have their annual event on May 19, passed unanimously.

Certificates of appropriateness, as recommended by the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB), were approved for sign installations at Los Catrines at 82 S. Main St., Goose Creek Pottery at 17 W. Ferry St., The New Hope General Store at 18 N. Main St., and for Kathrin Wirth-Torrente at 30 W. Bridge St. A COA was also approved for exterior painting at Nina’s Waffles and Ice Cream on 110 S. Main St. The approvals passed in a 4-1 vote over Meyers dissent.



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