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Chambersburg Council bounces tennis courts from Gordy deal

January 09, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council resolved the lingering issue of recreational facilities at the proposed new U.L. Gordy Elementary school Monday when it voted to eliminate the requirement for lighted tennis courts.

In its original November 2005 agreement with the Chambersburg Area School District, the council sold the West End Playground to the school district to be used for the new U.L. Gordy Elementary School. The agreement required the school district to provide playground equipment and basketball courts, as well as lighted tennis courts at the school, which could be used by the public when the school is not in session.

Since the original agreement, the design for the $21 million school has changed, with the district now planning a building for as many as 600 students.

In a previous statement, Borough Manager Eric Oyer said the council did not want the issue of the tennis courts to "become a roadblock to the process (the district) needs to follow" to keep the school project moving forward.

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Thomas Finucane, borough solicitor, explained that the larger building and parking area make the remainder of the site too small to accommodate the lighted tennis courts.

In a 7-3 decision Monday, the council voted to amend the 2005 agreement, eliminating the requirement for lighted tennis courts.

Voting against the amendment were council members Mary Beth Shank, William McLaughlin and Sharon Bigler.

The amendment also extended the agreement and the requirement that Chambersburg Area School District pay a portion of the salaries for the borough recreational director and assistant recreational director through Dec. 31, 2014.

Finucane said the rest of the agreement will remain in effect, including the requirement for basketball courts and recreational facilities.

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