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Crosswalks around Center Square could get new look

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Greencastle can have decorative crosswalks at Center Square, if outside funding is obtained. Borough Council on July 6 passed a recommendation to support such a project, providing no tax dollars are used.

“We don’t have the funds presently to install and maintain them,” said James Farley.

The idea surfaced years ago from Duane Kinzer, a former council member. The businessman is president of Greencastle Downtown, Inc. (GDI). At one time he had obtained 50 percent funding for the project, but it disappeared when the town would not contribute money.

The Public Safety Committee, chaired by Farley, had met with borough manager Susan Armstrong and the borough engineer. They supported installation of pre-formed pavement markings, as long as the private funding included 10  years of maintenance. An estimated installation cost from a company specializing in the product was $24,740, with a survivability rate of seven years. It  looked at the crosswalks for the intersection of Carlisle and Baltimore streets.

“The maintenance cost is hard to nail down,” said Farley.

Armstrong had researched the decorative walkways in Mechanicsburg, Waynesboro, Hagerstown, New Cumberland and Camp Hill, which used various types of materials. Mechanicsburg has the “cadillac version”, she said. It used a modified polyurethane hot mix. Frank Webster Jr. commented that Waynesboro and Hagerstown experienced problems with theirs.

“They used a cold mix application in Waynesboro,” Armstrong said. “We knew we didn’t want that.”

She said the Chamber of Commerce or GDI could possibly search for grants or other sources of funding.

Kinzer was not happy that maintenance was also being turned over to the private sector, but thanked the committee for its hard work.

“They filled in the blanks I missed four years ago,” he said. “We’ll see what’s out there.”

Charles Eckstine, Wade Burkholder, Craig Myers, Matt Smith and Farley supported the crosswalk project. Webster voted no. Larry Faight was absent.

Ordinances

Council approved advertising changes to the Code of the Borough of Greencastle in the zoning chapter. It addresses definitions and changes to sign regulations, walls and fences, accessory buildings, and added a section for pawnbroker.

Council expects to take action on the proposed changes at its Aug. 3 meeting. The Franklin County Planning Department and Greencastle Planning Commission will also review the documents.

Among the changes -

Abandoned or outdated signs must be removed within 30 days.

Signs may not be posted on utility poles.

Awning signs will not count toward the one sign per street frontage limit.

Sandwich signs should be close to the facade.

Freestanding and wall sign limits are expanded.

Walls and fences will be allowed in front, side and rear yards.

The types of fence material permitted are named per zoning district.

The attractive side of the fence must face the exterior side of the lot.

Allowable wall heights are stated per zoning district.

Help for drug overdoses

Council entered a memorandum of understanding between the Greencastle Police Department and the Franklin County District Attorney Office so that the local officers could carry and administer Naloxone if they encountered a person experiencing an opiate overdose and EMS had not yet arrived.

Police chief John Phillippy submitted a report that overdoses were the leading cause of accidental death in the county. They included morphine, heroin, oxycodone and hydrocodone products. Act 139 of 2014 allowed law enforcement to administer Naxolone in its nasal spray form to reverse the effects of an overdose.

Phillippy said the spray would have no effect if used on a person who suffered from a health ailment and had not overdosed. The District Attorney would distribute Naloxone to the various agencies, and each officer had to undergo training on its use.

“It is another way for law enforcement to help our community,” said Phillippy.

That drug abuser has a family. We hope to save a life.”

Funding for the supplies came through a grant to the county, and would not cost Greencastle anything, he added.

In other business, council approved a final payment of $21,975 to J.A. Myers for the Franklin Street storm drainage project.

It also entered an interagency agreement with Over the Rainbow Franklin County Children’s Advocacy Center, which would help the center seek grants.