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Mayor breaks tie in Waynesboro street light vote

July 22, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Streets and street lights took up most of the discussion Wednesday by members of the Borough Council with Mayor Louis Barlup casting one of his rare tie-breaking votes on one issue.

Barlup's vote paved the way for some Clayton Avenue homeowners to pay for five ornamental street lights between Third and Fourth streets in front of their properties. The wrinkle is that the homeowners want to install the light in the borough sidewalks.

The agreement requires borough employees to install the lights, including cutting or blasting through the concrete sidewalk and any rocks below them and building the bases that support the lights. The homeowners agreed to pay construction costs and the cost of the lights.

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The property owners along that section of Clayton Avenue, one of Waynesboro's upscale neighborhoods, include Harry Jr. and Jill Morningstar of 205 Clayton Ave., Ronald and Billie Finn at 203 Clayton Ave. and Bruce Greenshields and Kathryn Zeimetz of 201 Clayton Ave.

Voting against the agreement were Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon and Council members John Cook and Ardie Winters. Voting for were Council members Jahnathan Cain, Dick George and Andrew Benchoff.

McCammon said he opposed the idea because it could set a precedent for residents in other neighborhoods.

"We don't want to get involved in this kind of stuff. It will never end," he said. "We've never done this before. We've broken a rule that is as old as the borough. Our ordinance says there should be nothing in the sidewalk expect government signs."

Benchoff said he favored the agreement because he's for anything that improves aesthetics in the community. He also voted for it because the property owners are paying the bill.

Barlup said he wanted to support the citizens and their project.

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