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Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Greencastle officials want to know what residents want to see happen in Greencastle over the next five years.

A meeting last spring set the tone for a five-year strategic plan that is now in final draft form. The borough council wants comments on the plan and also citizens to volunteer to serve on committees that would be involved in implementing the plan. Specific areas for ad hoc committees presented in the plan are in the areas of downtown revitalization and recreation.

The plan sets out seven goals: improve traffic circulation and reduce heavy truck traffic in the borough; extend the life of borough infrastructure through planned maintenance and replacement; ensure the effective coordination of emergency fire and ambulance services for borough citizens; ensure pedestrian safety and the responsible maintenance of curbs, sidewalks and private property; provide a wide range of parks and recreational opportunities for borough residents; encourage the availability of health care and housing option for all segments of the borough population; preserve the unique sense of community in downtown and throughout Greencastle.

Some of the objectives of the goals include: encourage completion of a bypass, establish a fair and consistent policy regarding the installation, maintenance and repair of curbs and sidewalks; create a community organization to focus on downtown revitalization and beautification; ensure the viability of the train station; investigate the need for and feasibility of senior housing; improve circulation on borough streets; evaluate and address the need for parking in the downtown area.

The full plan is available at the borough hall and is on the borough’s Web site at www.greencastlepa.gov

The plan states that involvement of borough citizens is key to its success. Get involved. Give your input and/or volunteer for a committee. Contact the borough at 597-7143.