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Chambersburg lightens up on weight rules

February 13, 1998|By DON AINES

Chambersburg lightens up on weight rules

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The automobile buying habits of the American public has prompted the Chambersburg Borough Council to bring its parking ordinance into the 1990s.

The council voted unanimously Wednesday night to amend the borough's motor vehicle and traffic ordinance to prohibit vehicles with a gross weight of more than 9,500 pounds from parking more than two hours on residential streets.

The old limit was 5,000 pounds. The amended ordinance takes effect immediately, but police weren't expected to begin ticketing violators right away.

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"The original ordinance was written in 1946 and we realized that was probably not a realistic figure for vehicles nowadays," Assistant Borough Manager David Finch said. Sport utility vehicles have become increasingly popular and Finch noted that many can easily exceed 5,000 pounds.

Vehicles exceeding 9,500 pounds, including buses, tractors and trailers, cannot park more than two hours unless they are loading or unloading under the new ordinance.

"It's basically to keep people from bringing their tractor-trailer or their cement mixer home," Finch said.

The ordinance also prohibits vehicles with more than four tires from parking on residential streets.

"That usually implies a very wide vehicle and we're looking at not obstructing the streets," Finch said.

The ordinance includes a provision limiting the time a motor home, recreational trailer or utility trailer can be parked on a residential street to 72 hours.

The ordinance states that temporarily moving the vehicle or relocating it to another point on the same block during the three-day limit, "would not be sufficient to begin a new measurement of time."

Mayor Robert Morris said he was happy to see the ordinance amended.

"For years, people have just been dropping off large vehicles and leaving them there," he said.

Two bids on a miniature golf course were opened Wednesday and the recreation department will make a recommendation on whether to accept one at the council's Feb. 25 meeting.

Mini-Golf Inc. of Jessup, Pa., bid $20,900 on the project and Lomma Miniature Golf of Scranton, Pa., bid $19,750. Borough Manager Eric Oyer said the borough hopes to have a prefabricated miniature golf course open at Memorial Park by Memorial Day.

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