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Council wants to see a cleaner downtown Waynesboro

March 24, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - At a workshop session Thursday, the Waynesboro Borough Council discussed initiatives designed to clean up the downtown.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said he recently has been "sensing a rebirth in the pride of downtown."

Councilman Craig Newcomer was asked to contact schools and civic groups for help in cleanup efforts, after the council suggested designated cleanup days, an increased number of trash cans and the possibility of asking the fire department to "hose the town down."

Newcomer said he thinks a cleanup day can be used "as an educational tool for kids," saying he remembers picking up litter on similar days when he was a child.

The council suggested holding one cleanup day at the start of summer and a second at summer's end.

Newcomer suggested tying the cleanup days to a community event, and someone mentioned holding a splash hop at the municipal pool in the evening.

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The council recently decided to use a $1,128 donation from Accredited Services Inc. to purchase additional trash cans for Main Street. Hamberger is looking for trash cans less costly than the current model, which costs hundreds of dollars for a single trash can.

Councilman Dick George reminded the council that if it is going to ask downtown businesses to clean up their sidewalks, it needs to keep the outside of Borough Hall clean. He said he has ongoing concerns with the cleanliness of the area outside Borough Hall.

Mayor Richard Starliper said it is important for residents to report littering offenses and ultimately be willing to testify about what they saw.

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