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Voters face choices in Chambersburg council races

October 21, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four of the five races for seats on the Chambersburg Borough Council are contested in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election, with incumbents in the Second, Third and Fifth wards facing challengers and two candidates vying for an open seat in the Fourth Ward.

Council members are paid $4,125 a year, according to the borough salary schedule.

Second Ward

In the Second Ward, Republican incumbent Allen S. Frantz is being challenged in his bid for another four-year term by political newcomer Janet Lukic, who won the Democratic nomination in the May primary as a write-in candidate.

"We've gotten to a point where I think the council is very united for the most part, making good progress as far as what's good for the community," said Frantz, 44, of 979 E. King St. "The biggest challenge is going to be the housing that's proposed for the Third Ward and the commercial activity planned" in the Second Ward, said Frantz, the assistant manager of Jenning's Body Shop.

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Residential and commercial growth will require increased public services in the future, "but it's also going to help the tax base" with increased real estate and earned income tax revenues.

"I have no personal agenda in this," Janet Lukic, 63, of 264 Woodvale Drive, said of her campaign. A retired U.S. Navy Department employee, Lukic said she moved to the borough four years ago.

"My whole reason for running is to work for the people," she said. Frantz has not been a visible presence in the ward, with some residents unaware he represents them, Lukic said.

"Let's give the voters a choice," she said.

Third Ward

Glenn K. Manns, the Third Ward Republican incumbent, is being challenged by Democrat Harold E. Curtis. Last year, both men applied to fill the vacancy created when former councilman Carl Helman moved from the borough.

"I just want to give something back to the community," said Curtis, who added he was urged by ward residents to run. An assistant counselor with Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, he has worked with youths in the community for years.

Curtis, 49, of 1152 Hollywell Ave., said he supports projects including improvements to the Mike Waters Playground and new equipment for the Washington Street Playground, and youth programs by Building Our Pride in Chambersburg.

He said he has concerns about the adequacy of roads in the ward as housing developments are built. More police might be needed in the future, but he questions whether they are needed now.

"The build-out of the borough is coming very soon and that presents the challenge of providing services without over-burdening the taxpayers," said Manns, 51, of 332 Suelinn Drive, a retired borough police sergeant. Manns said he has supported improving Mill Road and extending the sewer system to accommodate that growth, as well as a project to improve pedestrian routes for students at Stevens Elementary School.

As a councilman, Manns said he has been working with local businesses and the owners of Southgate Mall to speed its revitalization. He also has advocated creating buffer zones between high- and low-density residential areas and modifying development plans to make them more compatible with existing neighborhoods.

Manns said the borough needs to maintain a high police presence in the ward and support the anti-drug efforts of the police department's Crime Impact Team.

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