Waynesboro square work in limbo

September 20, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - State transportation officials told members of the Waynesboro Borough Council this month the $1.2 million Center Square improvement project and updating the borough's traffic control signals will stay on hold until it is decided who pays $60,000 in engineering costs.

Council President Douglas Tengler, Mayor Louis M. Barlup Jr., Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger and Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon met with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials in Harrisburg Sept. 10 in an attempt to get the state to pay the $60,000.

They came home empty-handed.

In 1999, the council voted to close in the four-way intersection.

Barlup, who favors narrowing the intersection, broke a 3-3 tie to move the project forward.

This May, the council rescinded the 1999 decision and voted 4-2 to leave the intersection open.

As a result, new engineering studies are needed at an estimated cost of $60,000.

PennDOT officials are saying that since the council reversed itself it will have to pay for the new engineering studies.


Tengler told the council this week that he wants PennDOT to reallocate some of the construction costs that would have been spent to close in the square.

He said he wants the money spent on the engineering fees instead.

PennDOT answered the request by saying all work on the project will stop until the issue of the engineering fees is resolved.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said if the council ends up having to pay the $60,000, the money will have to come out of the borough's general fund budget. If that happens, taxpayers will get stuck with the bill.

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