Wade Burkholder named to Greencastle Borough Council

Shawn Hardy
New Greencastle Borough Council member Wade Burkholder, left, was sworn in by Mayor Ben Thomas Monday evening. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT

Greencastle Borough Council members interviewed two candidates to replace Craig Myers Monday evening before voting to return Wade Burkholder to council.

Myers has moved out of the borough and Burkholder and Ken Peiffer III applied to fill his term, which runs through 2021.

Burkholder previously served on borough council from 2011 to 2015 before losing his re-election bid to Duane Kinzer by one vote.

The process 

The candidates were given an opportunity to give presentations then fielded one question from each council member and the mayor.

Burkholder is president of Good Companion Radio and development director for WRGG.

He talked about areas of importance, including downtown retail, he would like to see all storefronts filled and more growth; safety of citizens, the police department does a tremendous job and he knows policing costs money, but he feels safer when he sees a police car; development, Greencastle is a small town, but some areas are not utilized to their full extent; beautification, Greencastle is a beautiful town, but there is room for improvement, such as facades that need painted or removal of overhead wires, similar to what has been done in Waynesboro; and cooperation with Antrim Township because "cooperating and working together benefits everyone."

Peiffer, a licensed private investigator who previously worked in the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, also has a background in radio and at one time was a part-time Greencastle police officer.

He grew up in Chambersburg, but considers Greencastle "my second home." Peiffer, who lost a leg to diabetes, said serving on council would be "a way to give back to the community" and he would like to look out for the handicapped and seniors.

After Burkholder was selected, several council members encouraged Peiffer to run in the upcoming election, including Frank Webster, who does not plan to seek re-election.

However, after the meeting, Peiffer said he is not a politician and running for election is different from being appointed.

A total of three borough council seats will be filled in this year's election. Joel Amsley, appointed last fall to fill another vacancy, is planning to run, but Duane Kinzer is undecided.

 Borough manager 

From Borough Manager Eden Ratliff's report:

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has issued the permits for the rapid flashing beacon crosswalk signals on East Baltimore Street at Allison Street and Linden Avenue. Bids will soon be solicited and hopefully a contract can be awarded at the April council meeting.
  • Borough staff is interviewing vendors to paint the borough clock tower, a project funded with a donation from Dirk and Jenna Mowen of Ganoe Paving. Work is expected to begin in the spring and be finished by Old Home Week.
  • The civil service exam for Greencastle Police Department patrolmen will be given at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the meeting room at the Rescue Hose Co. Applications are available at the borough office. Two additional positions on the force are funded in this year's budget.
  • The 2019 budget includes money to paving North Carlisle Street from East Walter Avenue to Center Square, but Columbia Gas will not be able to make repairs before the project was scheduled to begin. The North Carlisle Street paving will be delayed until 2020 and alternate paving project for this year are being reviewed.
  • A petition for free parking on Saturdays is being referred to either the community development committee or the administration and finance committee.


Greg Rock was reappointed to the Greencastle Area, Franklin County Water Authority, and Greencastle Authority for terms expiring Dec. 31, 2013.

Michele Emmett was reappointed to the zoning hearing board for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

James Thomas was reappointed to the planning commission for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022.

David Rutherford was appointed to the shade tree commission for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2023. There are still two vacancies on the commission and more information is available at borough hall.