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New solicitor selected by Waynesboro Borough Council

April 06, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday selected a Chambersburg, Pa., law firm to act as the council's solicitor.

Melissa Dively said she will represent Salzmann Hughes PC at council and planning commission meetings.

Former solicitor D. Lloyd Reichard II will continue his services with the Waynesboro Municipal Authority.

The council voted to advertise for applicants for solicitor in January.

Reichard, the borough's solicitor since 1969, did not apply for the position, saying he has demonstrated his ability and experience.

The vote to select the Salzmann Hughes firm was 5-1, with Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon opposing the motion. McCammon said the opposition was based on the firm not being a Waynesboro business.

"I saw no reason to go out of town," McCammon said.

Dively provides solicitor services to the borough councils in Greencastle, Pa.; Shippensburg, Pa.; and Mercersburg, Pa., on behalf of Salzmann Hughes. She joined the firm in 2000.

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Excluding a stint as a magisterial district judge, Dively has actively worked in municipal government law since 1989.

"We have a significant portion of our practice in municipal law," she said.

On Wednesday, the borough council also appointed residents to two of its standing committees.

Pat Wolff, Melissa Forney and Amos Miller were appointed to the street committee. Benjamin Greenawalt and Kathy Heffernan were appointed to the downtown revitalization and finance committee.

The council recently decided to try appointing residents to committees as a way to seek direct input from the public. Council said the two committees were selected as a way to test the practice.

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