Council approves Sidewalks Days street closings, conducts other business

Shawn Hardy
Shoppers browsed the bargains at elm shoes during last year's Greencastle Sidewalk Days. This year, the 50th anniversary of sidewalk days will be celebrated on Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8.

Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce is thinking about warmer months. At Monday's meeting, Greencastle Borough Council approved requests from the chamber for a seasonal market and Greencastle Sidewalk Days.

The seasonal market is planned around the square and along South Carlisle Street on Saturday, May 20, and council OK'd no parking areas from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will feature local artists, craftspeople and food vendors, such as bakers and produce sellers.

Council also approved closing Baltimore Street from Washington Street to U.S. 11 and South Carlisle Street from the Square to Franklin Street from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8, for Greencastle Sidewalk Days.

Georgina Cranston, executive director of the chamber, said a survey of vendors and the public last year showed 93.2 percent loved the road closures during sidewalk days. She said it really enhances the events and keeps people safe.

She noted that this year is special because it is the 50th anniversary of Sidewalk Days, which will feature chamber members and food, craft and product vendors.

Logistics about the street closures will be discussed at the public safety committee at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Bill Little, a downtown businessman and Rescue Hose Co. member, said that directions given last year by the police department were not followed and "I almost got T-boned in my own alley."

Mayor Robert Eberly said limiting access on South Carlisle Street could be an issue if there is a funeral.

Cranston said the area near Harold M. Zimmerman Funeral Home is the last place vendors are assigned.

Councilman Craig Myers also encouraged the chamber to think about moving events to the parking lots near the square.

"I'm not a big fan of people along the streets," said Myers. "It scares me. I'm afraid something terrible will happen some day."

Myers, an emergency responder with the Rescue Hose Co., was cited by Police Chief John Phillippy for his actions one day something terrible did happen last summer.

Phillippy told council that Myers was first on the scene of a bicycle accident in August and started CPR on the seriously injured rider. Philippy said it was considered a trauma code and CPR is not usually successful.

Phillippy said he heard that the victim was in church on Sunday.

Other topics

- Council set permit fees at $10 for curb and sidewalk repairs and $25 for curb and sidewalk construction or reconstruction.

- Council set construction and materials standards for sewer construction for developers who plan to tie into the borough sewer system.

- "As a community, we can be pretty proud of our basketball teams," said Councilman Charles Eckstine, who talked about the great season the Greencastle-Antrim High School girls' and boys' basketball teams are having and encouraged people to go watch them play.

- Council President Frank Webster Jr. noted that Ratliff is on the air at WRGG 93.7 every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. and is available to answer questions.