Borough to hold inaugural town meeting

April 14, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

WAYNESBORO, PA. - The borough will hold its first town meeting tonight, and residents are invited to voice their concerns about the borough and how it is run.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 15 on East Main Street.

The idea for the public meeting came from a council member, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

"One of the councilmen thought it would be a good idea to have a meeting and get some public input on the new street projects and whatever else may come up," Hamberger said.

The purpose of the meeting is to see what residents "think is going on in the borough, what they like and what they think we need to look at in a different way," he said.


"This is the first time we've done this. We're rookies at this," he added.

Hamberger said that after the meeting, concerns would be forwarded to the appropriate committee for action.

"We'll play it by ear and see what comes up. This is totally new for us. We may have to refine it as it goes on."

Mike Christopher is manager of surrounding Washington Township, which holds a town meeting every fall for residents.

"The meetings give folks an opportunity to come in and express things the township has done right and done wrong, to express what they think the supervisors should do. There's no set agenda, no pressure to hurry up and talk," Christopher said.

Christopher and borough officials had some discussion about the town meeting process, he added.

Washington Township has held the meetings for 10 years. Some have been well-attended, others had about 20 in attendance.

"Good ideas always come out of the meetings," Christopher said. "It's a wonderful opportunity for folks to express themselves. There's no hurry. They can dwell on the issues and come up with solutions."

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