Group sets sights on joint surplus auction

January 23, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A joint surplus auction and a legislative forum are among the issues the new Franklin County Council of Governments is tackling.

During its second official meeting on Wednesday, the group, which includes 22 municipalities and school districts from across Franklin County, agreed to move ahead with plans for the auction and forum and heard reports on several other countywide issues:

  • The Franklin County Legislation Issues Forum will be April 5 at 9 a.m. at the Chambersburg Recreation Center. The county's state legislators will attend, and professors from Shippensburg (Pa.) University will moderate the discussion.

  • Plans are under way for a joint auction of surplus property this fall. Traditionally, municipalities held their own auctions or found other ways to dispose of the property, which sometimes includes office equipment, kitchen equipment and computers.

    By working together on one large auction, officials are hoping to attract more interest from the public.


Chambersburg Area School District representative Rick Vensel asked if the auction could be moved up to June because the district has a lot of unwanted items it would like to get rid over the summer when it is not as busy.

Ben Thomas said he and the committee planning the auction will discuss the possibility of moving up the auction.

  • The council heard a report Wednesday about a healthy communities forum slated for April 25.

    The Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County Inc. is organizing the event, which is designed to highlight the significance an active community has on the health and economic stability of Franklin County, said Jan Crudden, executive director.

    At 61.2 percent, Franklin County has one of the highest percentages in the state of adults who are overweight, she said.

    "This used to be an issue that was a personal thing. It has become a societal issue with the rising medical costs" associated with being overweight, Crudden said.

  • Franklin County Planner Phil Tarquino talked to the group about a new state water resources planning program.

    He said the state has been divided into six watershed areas with individual committees.

    He said those interested in being named to the committee should contact the Franklin County Commissioners, who will make nominations to the state.

  • The goal is to come up with a comprehensive state water plan with up-to-date information on water availability, a projection of future demands and development of plans for areas facing critical water demands.

    The Council of Governments will have its next meeting March 26.

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