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January 23, 2003

Borough to receive state grants



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro can expect the same amount of Community Development Block Grant funds this year as last, the Borough Council's grant consultant said Wednesday night.

Last year, the council received about $206,000 in CDBG money, most of which was spent on borough projects including street repair, handicapped access projects, economic development and downtown revitalization projects.

The consultant, Karen Parish of Mullin Lonergan Associates of Harrisburg, Pa., said 70 percent of the funds have to be spent on projects that assist low- and moderate-income residents and 30 percent on projects like eliminating slums and blight or housing rehabilitation.

Councilman Ardie Winters, the council's representative on the Chambersburg Transit Authority, asked if some of 2003 CDBG funds could be spent on the county's ailing public bus service which serves seniors free in the Waynesboro area.

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Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger told him such requests can't be funded, according to CDBG rules.

William Krouse and Frank Kocek, members of New Hope Shelter Inc., a nonprofit group that has been trying to build a homeless shelter at 25 South Potomac St. for the last six years, asked if the group would be eligible for a grant of around $60,000 to use as a matching fund when it applies for bigger federal money.

Hamberger said the council usually balks at giving CDBG money to such organizations.




Council plans to share sweeper with township



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council Wednesday passed a resolution earmarking $40,000 toward the cost of buying and operating a new sweet sweeper that it will share with Washington Township in a joint borough-township venture.

The township is prepared to kick in $30,000 toward the venture, said Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger. The municipalities would then be eligible for a $25,000 state grant that could be applied to the total purchase price, which is estimated to be around $100,000.

The borough's existing sweeper is a 1971 model and is said to be on its last legs, officials said.




Councilman supports noise ordinance idea



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Borough Councilman Clint Barkdoll Wednesday urged his colleagues to start thinking about passing a noise ordinance that would control loud music, loud cars and tractor-trailer trucks from using their engine brakes in the borough limits.

"Waynesboro is too noisy," Barkdoll said. "It's bad for business and it's bad for the residents."

Barkdoll represents Ward One.

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