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Borough might consider selling Rotary parking lot

October 05, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council gave a Maryland man the silent treatment Wednesday night by allowing a motion to die without a word.

Craig Mahrle appeared on the agenda again Wednesday night to have his request for 20 parking spaces behind his West Main Street building revisited.

Mahrle, owner of the old Beck & Benedict Hardware building, said he plans to convert a portion of the building into residential housing.

Borough ordinances require Mahrle to provide off-street parking for his residences.

Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon made the motion on Wednesday for the council to allow Mahrle use of 20 spaces in the Rotary parking lot. The council sat silent after McCammon's motion, some shaking their heads in opposition. With no one speaking up to second it, the motion died, denying Mahrle's request yet again.

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The issue stayed "on the table," when McCammon then asked the council to consider a selling price for the lot, which was donated to the borough by the Waynesboro Rotary Club around the time of the Great Depression.

Calling the need for a council vote "really a formality," McCammon said that Mahrle should be allowed to use the lot because no off-street parking is available for his building.

Mahrle said he has "made no offer" to buy the lot and would not comment on whether he would bid if the lot were for sale. He only said that if the council did not solve this issue, "they (the borough) would have a dilapidated building there indefinitely."

Councilman Richard George called the idea of selling the lot "food for thought" and placed it on the agenda before the council's budget meeting on Oct. 18.

According to Borough Solicitor Melissa Dively, the council can only sell borough property by opening a bid or an auction to the public.

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