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Tri-state briefs for 1/16

January 16, 2003

Borough purchases land for park project


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The proposed Village on the Falling Spring project continues to take shape, thanks to the authorization of the Chambersburg Borough Council Tuesday to purchase 3,000 square feet near the Rosedale Parking Lot.

The council in November approved the agreement with MSD Properties LLC, but had to formally adopt an ordinance authorizing the purchase.

The land will be used to enlarge Chambers Fort Park and complete Spring Street so it connects with King Street.

The borough will pay the property owners $26,000 in three installments.

The Village on the Falling Spring project includes $2 million in pedestrian and vehicular improvements to downtown Chambersburg. It will create Chambers Fort Park along Conococheague Creek and connect it to the proposed rail-trail, and is designed to improve the traffic flow of Central and Montgomery alleys between the Franklin County Courthouse and King Street Church.

Meeting scheduled for development grants


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Nonprofit agencies in Chambersburg can attend a meeting Jan. 23 to learn about this year's application process for Community Development Block Grant funds.

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The borough has not heard how much money it will receive from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the grant, but has been assured it will be at least as much as last year's $320,000, Borough Planner Gary Norris said Tuesday.

Of that, 18 percent can be used for the administration of the grant, and up to 15 percent can go toward public service programs. The remainder is for "bricks and mortar" projects like public road improvements in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, the removal of architectural barriers, historical preservation or the improvement of a slum or blight, he said.

In the past, the council has funded improvements at the Capitol Theatre, programs at the Chambersburg Community Improvement Association, Franklin County Legal Services, the borough housing rehabilitation program and an effort to make downtown sidewalks handicapped-accessible.

Ambulance rates to rise beginning next month


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Base ambulance rates in the Borough of Chambersburg will increase from $300 to $375 on Feb. 1.

The Borough Council approved the rate increase Tuesday after learning its rates were well below those of surrounding municipalities.

Fayetteville, Pa., recently increased its rate from $375 to $450, Assistant Borough Manager David Finch said.

Panhandle receives three recycling grants


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three Eastern Panhandle municipalities received three of the 37 Division of Natural Resources 2003 Recycling Assistance Grants, West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise announced last week. They are:

  • The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority received up to $39,805 to assist in the relocation of barriers, purchase gates and precast walls and purchase additional supplies.

  • The City of Charles Town received a grant of up to $33,000 to purchase a one-ton dump truck to be used in a composting operation.

  • The Morgan County Solid Waste Authority received up to $20,000 to assist in personnel costs, vehicle maintenance, material transportation and to purchase additional bins.
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