Sidewalk policy will be implemented in Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The sidewalk map adopted by Greencastle Borough Council nearly a year ago got a policy to go with it Monday night. On a 5-2 vote, council approved a policy submitted by the Public Facilities Committee. Paul Schemel, Craig Myers, Matt Smith, Charles Eckstine and James Farley were in support, Duane Kinzer and Harry Foley opposed.

The timeline for installation on streets, which were coded red, blue, yellow and green on Nov. 1, 2010, are as follows: where none exist, red property owners must put in the walkway by Dec. 31, 2016, and blue property owners by Dec. 31, 2019.

A board of appeals will have three members for staggered three year terms. Criteria for determinations include the grade of the land, feasibility, safety, or anything in the best interest of the public. Any appeal to the board of appeals decision must go through Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

A five-year inspection cycle will include: 2012, properties within one block of Center Square; 2013, properties south of East Baltimore Stree, and east of South Carlisle Street; 2014, properties south of West Baltimore Street and west of South Carlisle Street; 2015, properties north of West Baltimore Street and west of North Carlisle Street; and 2016, properties north of East Baltimore Street and east of North Carlisle Street.

Inspections will take place in spring/early summer, and residents will have until Aug. 31 of the following year to make any replacements. Curbs may be required at any time when necessary for street resurfacing.

Bitner highway

Council unanimously approved a measure to support Rep. Todd Rock, who is introducing a resolution in the House of Representatives to designate a portion of Route 16 in the borough as Sergeant First Class Benjamin F. Bitner Memorial Highway. He was killed April 23 while serving with Operation Enduring Freedom in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

Easier tickets

At the request of the police department, council voted to combine several violations of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code into one ordinance to simplify issuing citations.

They include parking in prohibited places, and also using bicycles, skateboards and roller blades on sidewalks or private property. Tickets range from $15 to $50.

In other business, the board supported 2011 Heritage Christmas plans of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and made a $1,300 donation for the Center Square Christmas tree.