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Day Reporting Center overcrowded according to borough rules

June 28, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Day Reporting Center on Loudon Street is overcrowded under borough guidelines, but Borough Council President William F. McLaughlin would like to see the building's use redefined.

"It seems there's a problem between our codes and the use of the building and how many people can occupy it at one time," McLaughlin told the borough council Monday night. The borough received a letter from the center's director, Kim Eaton, stating the building's permitted occupancy is 50, he said.

"There are times, according to the center manager, when it would be appropriate to have up to 100 people" in the center, McLaughlin said. Eaton's letter was prompted by concerns the center could be found in violation, he said.

McLaughlin noted the center is only about 800 square feet smaller than a proposed Ruby Tuesday restaurant in the borough, but the restaurant can have an occupancy in excess of 200 people at a time.

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The center is designed to provide programs and counseling for criminal offenders and reduce their time in the "Franklin County Hilton," he said, referring to the new prison under construction in the Cumberland Valley Business Park.

"It's the kind of activity that, with a little luck, will turn some of these people around," he said.

Borough solicitor Thomas Finucane said an administrative action could remedy the situation. The borough, he said, could examine the center to determine whether the center operates as a business, which restricts its occupancy, or as a place of assembly, which would provide more flexibility.

No action was taken on the issue Monday night.

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