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Opponents of Rutter's question alley abandonment

May 20, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Nearly 20 residents opposing a planned Rutter's convenience store and gas station at the intersection of Third and South Potomac streets came before the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday armed with petitions against the business opening and complaints over a 2003 council decision to vacate part of an alley between Second and Third streets.

The request to abandon the alley was made by local developer Ronnie Martin, who owns the proposed Rutter's site.

Roy Tressler of 121 W. Third St., a spokesman for the citizens group, questioned the process used by the council in abandoning the alley.

Abandoning an alley requires a special ordinance. Tressler was told by Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger that all legal requirements, including a legal advertisement, were followed by the council.

The citizens group asked the council to revisit its 2003 vote and reinstate the alley. The request was turned over to the council's street committee.

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Borough officials said planners won't be ready to take up the Rutter's proposal until next month when more detailed plans are available.

The preliminary plans show a gas station/convenience store and a drive-up bank.

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