Tri-State briefs

August 01, 2007

Subdivisions request ATV law enforcement

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The homeowners' association of the Timberwood subdivision in Berkeley County on Thursday became at least the 12th development to ask that the county's all-terrain vehicle ordinance be enforced in their community.

The commission accepted the petition signed by the association's president, Robert Pervarnik Jr., and a witness, meaning the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department now has jurisdiction to enforce the restricted use of ATVs on the development's roads and streets.

Subdivisions that already have successfully petitioned the county are Webber Springs, Wildflower Ridge, Whispering Falls, Potomac Park Development Association (Potomac Park Estates), Amberfield, Leisure Living Estates, Shiloh Farms, Glenwood Forest, Idyllwood, Summer Hill and Crestfield (Whitacres).

The ordinance limits the use of ATVs on roads to nonrecreational purposes, such as farming, timbering, surveying and public utility access.


- Matthew Umstead

Chambersburg Hospital to offer valet parking

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Hospital will begin offering valet parking services to patients and visitors beginning on Monday.

"The service is free and being offered during our peak parking hours, which are early morning to mid-afternoon," said John Massimilla, vice president for administration. "As our volumes and staff have grown, so has the need for more parking spaces," Massimilla said.

For example, five years ago, emergency room (ER) admissions were recorded at 38,051. Today, ER admissions exceed 46,500 and are projected to further increase.

According to Massimilla, those wanting valet parking will simply drive up to the main entrance of the Chambersburg Hospital. Medi-Park staff will be there to park the vehicle and to return it when the patient or visitor is ready to leave.

Medi-Park is headquartered in New York and provides parking management and consulting services throughout the U.S. "Their client base ranges from multi-hospital health systems to a single medical office building," Massimilla said.

Washington Township tracks property trends

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Fewer building permits are being issued in Washington Township, Pa., but the municipality has been following trends from 2005 concerning the transfer of properties.

In recent years, Washington Township has set records with the number of properties being transferred and the value of those properties.

The township issued 172 land use permits from January through June, compared with 206 in the same period last year, according to a report presented Wednesday.

Two hundred and fifty-seven properties changed hands from January through June, compared to 285 in the first six months of 2006, the report stated. Three hundred were issued from January through June of 2005, it stated.

The values of properties being transferred now are comparable to 2005, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

"Amazingly, we're running about neck and neck with '05," he said. "Glen Oaks changed hands for $1.2 million at the west end of town, so that development will probably get moving."

- Jennifer Fitch

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