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Rollin Oldies car club, New Stanton discuss new rules for show

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By Kate Wilcox
Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

After some damage to New Stanton Park, the Rollin Oldies of Southwestern PA and borough council have agreed to hash out a new set of rules for the annual car show.

Over Memorial Day weekend, there was minimal damage done to the park by members of the public driving on the ball field and some mechanics broke into the park by dismantling the gate in order to get into the car show earlier than the park opened at 8 a.m., according to Mayor Nicholas DeSantis.

DeSantis expressed his concerns during a council meeting Thursday night.

“There's protocol to go through,” he said.

Four members of the Rollin Oldies came to defend their annual Rod Run event, arguing that the car show has been held at the borough park for at least 20 years with no complaints.

Rollin Oldies events director Becky Answine said that the club has contributed $11,000 to the borough in rental fees and brings in 60,000 spectators to the borough.

“We had people just this year tell us they never knew the park was there and how nice it was,” she said.

DeSantis took issues with the group's “flagrant rules violation,” such as breaking into the park and parking spectators' cars on the ball field.

Members of the Rollin Oldies argued that they couldn't possibly hold the car show in New Stanton if they could not park members of the public on the ball field.

Council and the Rollin Oldies reached a compromise. The group agreed to submit an application for the park and include all of the special considerations they will need, such as parking on the ball field and early entry.

Council can then review the application ahead of time to determine if the Rollin Oldies can have everything they request.

“We're already planning for next year,” Answine said.

Borough council President Scott Sistek asked the group members to submit an application as soon as possible for council to review.

“I see no reason why we can't have a good relationship with this,” said council Vice President Linda Echard. “I think it can all be worked out.”

Council continued discussion on the newly added position of borough manager while reviewing changes to the employee handbook.

Public comments at last month's meeting showed that several residents were strongly opposed to the position.

“In my opinion reading this (the employee handbook) if borough council follows this we don't need a borough manager,” said Councilman Thomas Smith, waving a copy of the handbook.

Discussion on the handbook was tabled until council's next meeting July 2.

Council met to discuss the position of borough manager in executive session, citing personnel issues.

A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 26 at the New Stanton Fire Hall, 108 S. Main St, to discuss the planned transportation changes for New Stanton.

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