Council members talk about their accessibility to the public

Shawn Hardy

Greencastle Borough Council members can take a lot of time when they go to the grocery store or the drug store because that's where they often run into residents who have questions, according to Councilman Frank Webster.

Accessibility to the public came up at last week's borough council meeting as an offshoot of interviews to fill a council vacancy

"Do you all feel personally available to residents?" Tim Fetterhoff asked council members and candidates. "Could we call you with questions? I don't think that gets put out there."

"My landline number is published Anyone can call me," said Wade Burkholder, who was chosen to fill the vacancy and previously served on council from 2011 to 2015. "When I was on council before, several individuals called often."

"I agree with Wade ... call any time, except 2 a.m.," said Councilman Joel Amsley.

"When I find there's a problem, I will come look at your problem and make myself available," said Councilman Duane Kinzer.

Like Webster, Mayor Ben Thomas Jr. said he holds "office hours at Sunnway Foods."

"I'm retired, it's just a matter of awareness," said Steve Miller, council president. "I am your representative."

Residents who want to get in touch with borough officials also can call or email the borough office and the message will be passed on, according to Borough Manager Eden Ratliff.

In addition, council contact information will be featured on the borough's new website which is expected to debut in March.