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Pa. honors former councilman

December 03, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Kinney Stouffer has been a member of the Waynesboro Borough Council for 25 years, all but two as its president, and Wednesday night he was recognized for his service with a plaque from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

"We miss you," said Councilwoman Vicki Huff as Stouffer shook hands with each of his former colleagues after receiving the plaque. "And I miss you too," he said.

Stouffer decided against seeking another term in the November 1997 borough election. A Republican, he was replaced by Charles "Chip" McCammon, a Democrat who won Stouffer's seat in that balloting.

"I figured I was on it long enough, that it was time for me to leave," Stouffer said. None of the current council members nor Mayor Louis Barlup was on the council when Stouffer was appointed in 1970 to fill an unexpired term opened when Councilman Jess Garber resigned for health reasons.

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Barlup had served on the council in the 1960s, Stouffer said.

Stouffer lost his first re-election bid in 1972. He ran again in 1974 and has won re-election ever since.

He has been borough council president for all but two years since 1974, he said.

Stouffer followed his council retirement by retiring as a cost engineer for Grove Worldwide, a company he worked for 35 years.

In looking back, Stouffer said there were few major controversial issues. "I remember that we supported the Borough Authority in expanding water service," he said. "We also had a lot of labor negotiations that broke new ground in benefits and we made a lot of street improvements over the years."

One of the biggest projects during his tenure was the renovation of the Borough Hall. "We had to decide whether to renovate the old building or build a new one," he said. "We decided to keep this one with its tower. It has a lot of significance, it's a trademark for the community."

Stouffer said he missed the twice-monthly council meetings at first but is glad he got off the board before it started to deal with the project to remake the Public Square. That issue has been one of the hottest in years and is still going on.

In September the council voted 4-1 to eliminate most parking spaces around the square and narrow its traffic patterns. The decision has been derided by hundreds of residents and has netted a federal Americans with Disabilities Act suit filed against the borough by a Maryland man who uses a wheelchair. The suit is pending.

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