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Pa. bus route could start in April

January 23, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A bus route starting in Waynesboro and connecting to Rouzerville and Zullinger could start as early as April if all goes as planned.

But Waynesboro and Washington Township may have to pay $21,000 plus interest up front to get the operation started.

The proposed agreement between Waynesboro, Washington Township and the Chambersburg Transit Authority was just one of several items discussed last night at a joint meeting of the two local governments held in Borough Council chambers.

"We're here to talk about our problems and mutual concerns," said Waynesboro Manager Lloyd Hamberger. "We're all in the same boat here."

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The combined 14-member group, made up of Hamberger, Washington Township Manager Michael Christopher, Washington Township supervisors, Waynesboro Council members, and Waynesboro Mayor Louis Barlup, spent most of the hour and a half meeting pouring over a lengthy grant application for the bus route with Chambersburg Transit Authority Director Doug Filson.

The largest portion of the funds to operate the bus route will come from the state Department of Transportation. But that money won't come in until three months after the bus route starts, Hamberger said. The borough or the township may have to borrow the money until they receive reimbursement from the state. The startup costs and clarification on some of the language in the grant application is expected to be completed in time for the next Borough Council meeting Feb. 5.

The projected cost for operating the bus route is $7,175 a month. Besides money from the state, additional funds will be collected through bus fares, advertising, the Pennsylvania Lottery, and approximately $8,000 in matching funds from the borough and township, Filson said.

On other issues:

  • Members of the joint meeting discussed forming a special task force to research the regionalization of water and sewer hookups among Waynesboro, Washington Township and Quincy Township residents and come up with a comprehensive plan.

    Most members agreed that the task force should include several community residents. Waynesboro Council President Kinney Stouffer suggested creating a joint planning commission among the borough and the township. Washington Township Supervisor Quinter Baumgardner said both governments should start budgeting some funds now for the possibility of a merger in the future. He said the funds could be used to hire engineers to conduct a feasibility study.

    "We should start doing this now," Baumgardner said. "If we keep talking about it, it'll never happen."

    Supervisor Richard Eigenbrode added that the township and borough should also look into applying for available funds from the state.

  • Officials also discussed the construction and renovation project at Northside Pool in Waynesboro.

    Since the pool is used by residents of the borough, Washington and Quincy townships, Waynesboro Councilman Vicki Huff said the pool committee plans to do some fundraising in all three places. The pool, which is over 20 years old, is still used each summer, but it's in desperate need of repairs, Huff said. Plans call for resurfacing the pool area, making the pool handicapped accessible, adding showers, replacing outdoor carpeting and constructing a water slide which alone could cost up to $100,000, she said.

  • Huff said the committee is waiting to hear if they've received a grant to help with a feasibility study and renovation costs. Construction and renovation of the pool won't start before 1998, Huff said.
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