Waynesboro briefs

February 22, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

Employee to become playground inspector

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An employee of the Borough of Waynesboro will attend three days of training to become a certified playground inspector, the borough council decided Wednesday just days after losing a lawsuit related to playground equipment.

A jury awarded a Mechanicsburg, Pa., woman $500,000 while saying the Borough of Waynesboro was negligent in the July 15, 2001, accident at Memorial Park. Joleen Brubaker had been struck on the head by the broken crossbar of a swing set and sued the borough.

"We had been doing playground inspection in-house since the unfortunate incident in 2001," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Nearby Antrim and Washington townships agreed to share the cost of having a borough employee certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Engineering employee Scott Crum has agreed to enroll in the program.

"If Scott would do an inspection for either of the townships, we would bill at our normal hourly rate," Hamberger said.


Council hosts hearing on block grant funds

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday hosted the first of two required public hearings concerning its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Erik Genga, who is Waynesboro's CDBG consultant through Mullin & Lonergan Associates, told the public in attendance that Waynesboro has been allocated about 1 percent less in the grants from last year, leaving the borough with about $165,000.

The grant money can be used for housing rehabilitation, street improvements, community facilities and public services based on factors such as income, blight and emergencies. Applicants with the proper forms can request grants at the borough's next public hearing, which tentatively is scheduled for April 4.

The DCED distributes CDBG money on behalf of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Officer approved for D.A.R.E. training

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Police Officer Travis Carbaugh has been approved for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) training March 26 to April 1.

The Washington Township (Pa.) Police Department had been handling all D.A.R.E. training in Waynesboro-area schools.

Changes would clarify definition of a street

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Changes coming to an ordinance in the Borough of Waynesboro would clarify the definition of a street, almost a year after land development plans on Locust Street brought the issue to light.

Fire Chief Ron Flegel had argued against the single-family house, which ultimately was approved, saying that 12-foot-wide alleys are too narrow for rescue equipment. The borough's solicitor, Melissa Dively, since has worked to remedy the confusion.

"When there is the gray area - when the public throughway does not meet the street definition per width - those public throughways are alleys," Dively told the council on Wednesday.

Changes to the ordinance will be advertised for adoption in the future.

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