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(4/2011) With Gettysburg Bike Week planning on moving closer to Carroll Valley, the Carroll Valley Board of Commissioners have decided to consider passing an event ordinance in the hopes of heading off any problem that having thousands of motorcyclists staying in nearby Granite Hill Camping Resort.

"Everybody is looking at this (event ordinances) because Bike Week is moving closer to the borough," said Borough Manager Dave Hazlett. Carroll Valley is one of a number of townships in southwestern Adams County considering adoption of an event ordinance.

The council, Mayor Ron Harris, Police Chief Richard Hileman and Borough Manager Dave Hazlett began talking about the types of things that needed to be covered in an events ordinance. At its simplest, the event ordinance might simply require that the borough be notified of special events that will be occurring so that any borough services that might be involved, such as police and emergency services, could be prepared. However, more could easily be needed for a large event like Bike Week.

"What are the standards for an event?" Councilman Frank Buhrman asked. He said that the ordinance should focus on when the borough should be notified of an event and how large an event should trigger that notification.

Hileman explained that if the event is commercial, then the organizers should be expected to pay for the additional services the event requires. It shouldn’t need to be paid for by the taxpayers.

Bike Week is scheduled to be held July 7 to 10.

Borough considering Farmer’s Market

The Carroll Valley Parks and Recreation Committee is collecting information with the goal of putting together a farmers’ market to start this summer. Currently, the most likely location for the market is in the Ranch Trail Park area. The market is expected to run weekly and culminate with a fall festival to end the season. The plans should be finalized soon.

Borough seeks volunteers

Carroll Valley Borough is seeking volunteer to fill opening in the various borough committees. The current openings are:

  • Parks and Recreation Committee (3 vacancies)
  • Planning Commission (1 vacancy)
  • Sewer and Water Authority (1 vacancy)
  • Finance Committee (1 vacancy)
  • Zoning Hearing Board (1 vacancy)

Anyone interested in helping their community should contact the Carroll Valley town office at (717) 642-8269.

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