Borough council votes to ask for roadwork delay

January 04, 2006|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Newly elected Greencastle Mayor Robert Eberly swore in new councilman Paul T. Schemel at Tuesday night's reorganization meeting of the Greencastle Borough Council.

Harry Foley and Kate Deater, also elected in November, were sworn in Dec. 31 during a ceremony at the Franklin County Courthouse.

The council selected Charles Eckstine as president and Schemel as vice president for two-year terms. Eckstine said he plans to appoint committee members within 10 days.


Schemel also will serve as the council's representative on the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce board.

In regular business, the council discussed PennDOT's plans to overlay Williamson Avenue in spring or summer 2006. Requiring property owners to install curbs and sidewalks before then is not giving them sufficient time, council members agreed. They prefer to give owners a one-year notice.

Councilman Harold Duffey said it could be several years before PennDOT actually does the work.

Councilman Gerald Pool said it is not urgent to repair the street.

"I'm not willing to buckle under to PennDOT's schedule," he said.

The group voted to ask PennDOT for a one-year delay on the paving project to give the borough time to address curb and sidewalk issues.

Robert Schemmerling of RHS Engineering Inc. spoke to the council regarding proposed improvements to the Castle Green Motel, on Pa. 16 at the east end of the borough.

Schemmerling, who has been hired by the owners of the motel, said the business now consists of 16 motel rooms, a restaurant and bar. The owner wants to eliminate the restaurant and the bar without transferring the liquor license. Those areas will be converted to additional motel rooms, and a wing will be added.

"The layout works well," Schemmerling said, "but there are issues in the ordinance."

The area is zoned Highway Commercial and there is no specific line item in the ordinance about hotel or motel parking, Schemmerling said.

The ordinance requires one parking space for every 200 feet of floor area for retail establishments, and one space per room for boarding or lodging houses. The latter "seems reasonable for motels," Schemmerling said, and by that definition the motel would have eight extra parking spaces.

Borough Manager Ken Myers said Schemmerling was not reading the ordinance correctly.

The council recommended it would be quicker for the owners of the motel to pursue the matter through the Zoning Hearing board rather than through the council.

Greencastle Borough Council

Who's in:

Mayor Robert E. Eberly

Kate Deater

Harry Foley

Paul Schemel

Who's out:

Mayor Robert "Red" Pensinger

Barbara Bock

Sydnae Vanner

W. Jean Oliver

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