NEWS

Greencastle's Madison Street to get top coat soon

PAT FRIDGEN

Madison Street will be paved soon, with winning contractor Valley Quarries awarded the job with its low bid of $134,018.75 at the May 7 Greencastle borough council meeting. Fayetteville Contractors was the other contender. Borough manager Kenneth Womack said the work would be completed within 45 days once the paperwork was in and the company got started.

James Farley reviewed the April 16 meeting with Antrim Township, Rep. Todd Rock, residents and other parties as they addressed chronic flooding on Williamson Road. The rains of September 2011 affected homeowners significantly and they wanted a solution. Farley said the most likely scenario was to conduct a study of the topography, but maybe Greencastle should meet with the township on that step.

"The study and abatement will cost a lot of dollars and may not even by doable."

He noted that most of the homes that took on water were built before stormwater controls were in place. Mayor Robert Eberly added that Greencastle developments followed the law at the time they were created. "Stormwater management was not done just to get by," he said, but met the standards.

In contrast, he said Colonial Drive in Antrim Township did not have a stormwater plan. If Greencastle was not creating water there was nothing the borough could do. Antrim was contributing to the problem, he stated.

Police chief John Phillippy asked that leftover money in the budget for a police vehicle, up to $15,000, be used to replace the Dodge Intrepid. It had been purchased from Chambersburg but wasn't working out too well. Though it had only 55,000 miles on it, it sat too low to the ground and so was difficult to enter and exit. Womack added that the multi-use vehicle was not used much by employees, and it was hard for some to reach the pedals. No action was taken.

Womack had received 20 applications for the assistant borough manager job. He told council he would winnow the number to about five and turn over the names to the Personnel Committee. About one-third of the applicants lived out of state, which surprised him. They came from as far as Texas, Tennessee and Vermont.  He said many of the people "are well-qualified."

Council members Farley, Charles Eckstine, Matt Smith, Wade Burkholder, Craig Myers, Frank Webster Jr. and Harry Foley authorized borough solicitor Sam Wiser to draft and advertise a Board of Appeals Ordinance, and an amendment to Chapter 169 of the borough code related to sidewalks. The move came after the Public Facilities Committee made determinations on how citizens could challenge the sidewalk implementation policy adopted Oct. 11. It recommended a panel of five handle the appeals. The updated ordinance would require conformity with Sidewalk Standards and Specifications unless granted an appeal, establish how the borough notifies property owners of what they must do with their sidewalks, set the procedure for appeal, formulate the curb and sidewalk requirements for new construction, and allow the creation of an inspection program.