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Residents angered by curb rules

February 04, 1998

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - About 40 South Carlisle Street property owners learned Wednesday night that they will receive letters from the Borough Council telling them to build curbs and sidewalks in front of their homes.

The announcement, made by Borough Manager Kenneth Myers, drew an outcry from homeowners who said they don't want or need sidewalks.

As explained by borough and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials, the state will rebuild South Carlisle Street this summer.

Borough rules, in effect since 1991, require homeowners to install curbs and sidewalks in front of their homes at their own expense wherever streets are rebuilt.

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Borough Solicitor J. Dennis Guyer said the South Carlisle Street project is part of an overall plan to redo all sidewalks, curbs and the borough's storm water management systems to improve safety and aesthetics.

According to estimates, homeowners could pay $15 per linear foot for curbs and $30 per square yard for sidewalks. The council said earlier this week that it will pay for the curbs and let residents repay the borough in monthly payments over two years at no interest.

Property owners will have to pay for the sidewalks themselves.

"Where are we supposed to get the money to do that?" asked one irate resident.

"The banks have lots of money," Myers replied.

The residents have a July 1 deadline to install curbs. Sidewalks must be in by Oct. 31.

If they refuse the borough will put them in and bill the property owners. If they refuse to pay their liens will be attached to their properties, officials said.

Homeowners can hire private contractors to build curbs and sidewalks according to borough specifications or use PennDOT's contractor.

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