Council wants county to speed up district judge's office move

March 03, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Councilman Dick George urged his colleagues Wednesday night to push the Franklin County Commissioners to move quicker in finding new offices for Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz.

The council wants Pentz's two adjacent upstairs offices in the Borough Hall to expand the offices of the Waynesboro Police Department, which occupies space downstairs.

George said a letter from the commissioners dated Feb. 18 on the subject of Pentz's office was noncommittal and left the council in limbo on how soon the county plans to find new space for Pentz.


Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon said he spoke recently with Pentz, who said no decision has been made.

Councilman John Cook balked at George's suggestion of pushing Pentz out. Cook opted instead to ask the commissioners to set an actual date for the move.

"How long are we willing to stretch it out," George said. "The council needs a drop-dead date," he said.

The council has learned that the commissioners are working with Waynesboro developer Ronnie Martin on building an office facility for Pentz. George said such a project could take 90 days or more. "That could mean another five months," he said.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger suggested that the council call the commissioners and ask for a definite date.

Mayor Louis Barlup said he called the commissioners. "They said they were working on it," he said.

Barlup said the police department was overcrowded when it had 15 officers. "Now it's doubly crowded with 20. They are in desperate need of more space."

The council decided to have Hamberger take another shot at getting the commissioners to commit to a moving date. The issue will be placed on the agenda for the council's March 16 meeting.

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