Construction projects addressed by Greencastle council

PAT FRIDGEN

PennDOT postponed when it will award the contract for adding right turn lanes at the U.S. 11/Route 16 intersection, which meant appraisals were also coming in a bit later. Greencastle borough manager Kenneth Womack told council and resident Dorothy Pike about the amended timeline at the Aug. 1 meeting.

Pike, 330 W. Baltimore St., asked about the project and expressed her longtime concerns about safety as she exits her driveway onto Route 16. Greencastle is obtaining 10-foot rights-of-way from her, a neighbor and Hardees before PennDOT begins construction. She didn't think the additional lane would increase her safety since drivers ignored the lane divisions now in place. Some were also making illegal left turns out of Hardees to head west. She said it was a matter of time before injuries or deaths occurred on the busy street, and asked police to monitor the situation more closely.

Womack said even though federal money was being used to alter the intersection, Greencastle was paying for the rights-of-way and had to follow PennDOT rules. Data was now in the hands of an appraiser. The construction contract date had been moved from September to Dec. 19.

Hess Development resident Tom Moore read from the April 10, 2007 minutes of the Antrim Township board of supervisors, when it exempted Hess from mandatory connection to public water as required by its own ordinance and Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority. The section read in part, “A motion passed to grant a waiver exemption for 10 homeowners through proper legal proceedings that, if possible, may require a revised ordinance.”

Antrim has never changed its ordinance.

Moore wanted to know what his chances would be in court if did not hook up by the Aug. 24 deadline set by GAFCWA. He added that the other holdout from the neighborhood, Fred Young III, had allegedly contacted seven lawyers and "they say it is a slam dunk" in favor of Hess.

Council president Charles Eckstine responded that council only had the authority to appoint members to GAFCWA, and that board then had control of operations.

"Win or lose, it's going to cost me money," Moore concluded.

Madison Street

Council member Duane Kinzer complimented the employees of the borough and Womack during the Madison Street multi-phased project, which includes gas and water lines, stormwater management, curb and sidewalk, and paving improvements. "It's taking a toll on everyone," he said.

Womack credited the residents, stating they had been patient and understanding, and he had received no hostility from anyone. Several were beginning to work together lining up a contractor to install their curbs and sidewalks.

He also informed council that four property owners had applied for financial assistance for the latter. If they qualified based on past tax returns, Greencastle would use its $15,000 in grant money to help them pay for the new concrete.