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Greencastle Council briefs

February 06, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

Officials concerned about cable service


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Members of the Greencastle Borough Council said at Monday's meeting they are concerned about the reduced level of service provided to residents by Comcast Cable Inc.

If Comcast customers need to return equipment to the cable company, they are required to take it to the Shippensburg, Pa., office, which is 20 miles from Greencastle, according to a letter sent to Comcast from Don A. Coldsmith, chairman of the Community Development Committee. He requested that Comcast consider maintaining office hours one day per week in Greencastle.

Price increases for some of Comcast's services go into effect March 1, according to a letter read by the council.

Shoveling snow into borough streets illegal


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Borough Council President Barbara Bock on Monday commended the borough on snow-removal efforts in January, but one council member warned residents about throwing snow into the street.

Vice President Harold Duffey said there is an ordinance which prohibits people shoveling snow into the street after it has been plowed.

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"It puts more burden on our people, and it creates a safety hazard," Duffey said. "People should be aware that they can be fined for this."

Borough Manager Kenneth Myers said fines range from $100 to $300, plus costs.

"It's a public safety issue," Myers said. "We have a bare street, someone shovels snow out, and the traffic packs it down and turns it to ice. Then we might have ice there for two weeks, where we had had a bare street."

Council votes in favor of watershed plan


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Borough Council voted Monday night to implement the Conococheague Creek Watershed Stormwater Management Plan.

Franklin County has been studying the watershed for two years to plan how runoff should be handled for minimal impact to the watershed, Borough Manager Kenneth Myers said. The DEP approved the plan and Greencastle has to approve an ordinance that supports the county plan.

"The borough has enforced stormwater management for years, but now it will be in black and white," Myers said.

The plan will prevent property damage from storm runoff and protect the environment, Myers said. Those most affected by the ordinance will be developers who build on or pave raw land.

"They will have to handle their stormwater management a certain way," Myers said.

- Bonnie H. Brechbill

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