Greencastle Borough Council makes board appointments

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

During its first regular meeting of the new year, held on Jan. 4, Greencastle borough council made appointments to various boards. Joel Amsley was approved for a seat on Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority.  Charles Eckstine, Frank Webster Jr., Matt Smith, Craig Myers, James Farley and Duane Kinzer were in favor of the candidate, Larry Faight was opposed.

Amsley had expressed interest in serving in the past, said borough manager Susan Armstrong. His biography showed that he retired from JerrDan Corporation in November, as a senior vice president. He worked for the company for 34 years. He cited his experience managing large budgets, employees, and product engineering and development.

He replaced Rodney Rose, whose four-year term expired on Dec. 31. Rose did not seek to keep his seat as he took a new job which would interfere with the meetings. Amsley will serve through 2020.

Faight expressed concern about the process of making appointments.

“We are voting on him tonight and we have never met him,” he said.

He asked that in the future council receive introductions before taking action.

The board also put other people back on governing bodies: Michele Emmett to the Zoning Hearing Board for three years, Guy Camp and Ralph Burdick to the Planning Commission for four years, and Daniel Timmons to the Civil Service Commission for six years. Armstrong and Webster were named representative and alternate to the Franklin County Council of Governments. Kevin Barnes and Myers were appointed representative and alternate to the Emergency Services Alliance.

Council tabled adopting a zoning ordinance on RV parking and storage. Several residents had pointed out issues in subdivisions with homeowner associations. While the HOA had to enforce its own covenants, the citizens wanted more teeth in the ordinance, especially as it related on on-street parking. The Community Development Committee will meet again on the matter.