Property owners facing sidewalk mandates in Greencastle

October 07, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Borough of Greencastle has a policy that whenever the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation repaves a state road in the borough, property owners on both sides must have new sidewalks put in according to borough specifications at their own expense.

An upcoming project will affect about 150 property owners on sections of South Washington and North Allison streets and parts of U.S. 11 or North Antrim Way, council members said Monday night.

PennDOT is expected to begin the repaving of those streets sometime next year, said Borough Manager Kenneth Myers.

It was thought at first that the work would begin this year. Letters were sent out last year to the affected property owners in anticipation of the work, which has not yet begun.


The council decided Monday to send out a new round of letters to the property owners telling them to prepare for the work to be done in 2004.

Property owners can do the work themselves or hire private contractors. The specifications will be available when they pick up their permits for the work.

Council members said property owners could save about one-third of the cost of hiring contractors if they do the work themselves.

The council authorized an engineering firm to do the necessary engineering services to prepare bid plans and specifications to advertise for concrete curb construction along the affected streets.

Councilman Charles Eckstine recommended that the borough have the public water and sewer lines buried beneath the streets inspected at the time they are being dug up.

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