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Pa. Council briefs

February 18, 2001

Pa. Council briefs



Borough approves lease with Verizon


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council approved a lease with Verizon last week to place a cellular tower on top of a smokestack at the borough power plant.

Council members unanimously approved the agreement at a meeting Wednesday.

Verizon will occupy one of the two stacks on Second Street and lease the portion of the stack from 135 to 144 feet high.

The telecommunications company will also lease 700 square-feet of adjacent land to construct a communication facility.

The building will be 12-feet by 30-feet and Verizon is obligated to remove it and restore the land to its original condition if the company ends the lease.

Verizon will pay the borough $18,000 a year in rent and has four five-year options on the site.

Vote postponed on police vehicles


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council also postponed a vote on purchasing new police vehicles while borough staff investigates the possibility of leasing the vehicles.

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The council has received bids on three new Ford Crown Victorias and a Dodge Durango.

The cruisers would cost about $22,000 each and the sport utility vehicle would cost about $27,300.

Eric Oyer, borough manager, said Chambersburg Police Chief Michael T. DeFrank said there were problems with past leases because the cars had to be serviced at the dealership, which took more time than when the borough owns the vehicles and performs the maintenance.

Several borough council members said they would still like to see lease figures, including ones that do not include a maintenance contract.

The borough turns over its police cars every four years because of high mileage, Oyer said.

The issue will come up again at the next council meeting, Feb. 28.

- Stacey Danzuso

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