Chambersburg council briefs

June 13, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

Employee questions borough residency rule

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg Borough Electric Department employee addressed the Borough Council Tuesday night, expressing frustration over the borough's residency requirement.

Bob Krieger said the department is continually training and then replacing employees who do not comply with the borough's residency requirement.

All borough employees must live in the borough or move to the borough within one year of the date they are hired.

"We're really getting tired of it, and we'd like to see something done," he said.

The issue has come up before council several times in the last year.

Council members did not make any decision to further discuss the residency requirement, although they have said in the past they might re-address the policy.


In September, a motion by Councilman Scott Thomas to eliminate the residency requirement was tabled for a future meeting, but it has never been brought back before the council.

Thomas' motion came after a borough police officer resigned over the residency requirement.

Council recognizes Blue Ribbon school

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Tuesday recognized the Chambersburg Area Middle School and Principal Barry Purvis for the school being designated a national Blue Ribbon School.

"Congratulations Dr. Purvis, students and administrators for attaining this mark of excellence and bringing recognition to this area," the resolution read in part.

"We're proud and honored to be selected one of the better schools in the country," Purvis said after he received the framed resolution.

Long-time community activist remembered

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Borough Council approved a resolution Tuesday for Levester Taylor, a long-time community activist who died Friday.

Taylor, 81, worked at Letterkenny Army Depot until 1976, when he retired and became even more active in community organizations, including the Chambersburg Community Improvement Association and the Fair Housing Board.

"Levester Taylor was not a big man, but he cast a large shadow over the Chambersburg community," Council President Bill McLaughlin said.

"Through the work of people like Mr. Taylor, our country has come a long way," he said.

July 4 celebration plans taking shape

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Cumberland Valley 21-day Retreat Organization is moving ahead with plans for the annual Fourth of July Celebration at Memorial Park.

At the request of Lou Carnahan, the organization's chairman, the Borough Council Tuesday waived permit fees for the fire department and food licenses at the event and granted permission to use the park.

The day will include a morning craft show followed by an antique car show from 1 to 5 p.m., the flag retreat at 7 p.m., a performance by the Mercersburg Community Band at 8 p.m. with fireworks capping off the activities at 9:30 p.m.

Carnahan said the organization will take down the giant American flag recently installed in the park to protect it from the fireworks.

Annual municipal yard sale set for Friday

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Borough of Chambersburg's annual Municipal Yard Sale will be held Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Gym 1 of the Municipal Recreation Center, 235 S. Third St.

Items for sale include T-shirts, basketballs and softballs, coffee maker, baseboard heater, TV, shelving, fans, wooden cabinet, steel and plastic 55-gallon drums, lawn sweeper, traffic lights, steel shovels and office equipment, including computers, laptop computers, typewriters, adding machines, cell phones and printers.

Items for sale will be on a first-come, first-serve and as is, where is, basis, according to Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey.

Sales are by cash or check.

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