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PA. Governments council holds initial meeting

November 14, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Twenty municipalities gathered Wednesday for the first meeting of the Franklin County Council of Governments with plans to tackle a broad range of regional issues.

Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas, who was elected chairman of the council, said everyone was pleased with the countywide representation.

Wednesday's agenda included a report on the Franklin County Drug Task Force, which each municipality financially supports, a presentation from the county Emergency Management Agency and discussion about a legislative forum this spring.

Shippensburg (Pa.) University faculty are helping to organize the forum.

"The forum is intended to get school districts, boroughs and townships to try and prioritize legislative issues so we may possibly speak with one voice in the future," Thomas said.

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Discussion also centered on state-mandated building codes, an issue the council will follow closely, he said.

"Everybody left enthused. I think a lot of good is going to come out of the Council of Governments," Thomas said.

"The first order of business of the council seems to be the enforcement of the new building codes," said D. Eugene Gayman, president of the Chambersburg Area Board of School Directors. The school district is a member of the Council.

He also said members are discussing a joint way for municipalities to dispose of surplus property.

Currently each municipality has its own way of getting rid of the items, which in the past have ranged from desks to computers to musical instruments.

"It seems like if the whole county was a part of an auction there would be more interest," Gayman said.

Other officers elected Wednesday include Rob Kauffman, vice chairman; Kerry Bumbaugh, treasurer; Ruth Harbaugh, secretary; and Harold Duffey, assistant secretary.

The Council of Governments plans to meet quarterly, with the next meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Chambersburg Area School District's administration building.

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