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Morton moving on new ordinance, grant proposals

Morton Council approved promoting an ordinance outlining the rules and regulations of special events in the community, from block parties to parades to certain restrictions of alcoholic beverages. Council took the action at its March meeting.

The 14-page ordinance also requires certain fees for filing an application for a permit, permit fees and license fees with the provision that fees shall be updated from time to time by resolution. Security deposit fees listed in the ordinance include $500 for 50-99 people, and for 100 or more people, $1,000. Rental fees for Borough Hall would be $100 an hour for residents and $120 an hour for non-residents. Violations and enforcement of the ordinance carries a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, if there is a default of the fine and costs, a jail term not to exceed 30 days.

The new statute covers the responsibilities of the applicants regarding clean-up after the event, ensuring the event location is suitable to accommodate the number of people and vehicles anticipated to attend, and if the event is held on municipal property, the person holding the special event shall furnish proof of liability insurance and naming the borough as an additional insured.

Such insurance shall be in place throughout the set-up and tear down of the event.

Solicitor Carl Ewald said the ordinance is designed to make sure events are held in a safe manner.

Council submitted a grant through the COVID-19 recovery program for a Small Water and Sewer Program for $489,956 with a 15 percent match by the borough for a high priority infiltration/inflow reduction project.

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