WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Not legislation, not spending, not personnel matters, but two dozen trees have been what have most divided the Waynesboro Borough Council this year.
The council reached an impasse several times at its Wednesday meeting when deciding whether to accept donated trees for the public Rotary Parking Lot behind West Main Street. Councilmen twice voted 3-3 on the number of trees to put on the lot and, with the mayor absent, had no one to break the tie.
Charles "Chip" McCammon, Ronnie Martin and Ben Greenawalt pushed for six trees, which was actually two fewer than the council had approved July 16. Craig Newcomer, Jason Stains and C. Harold Mumma were in favor of 24 trees.
"Here we have a community that's offering the trees," Newcomer said.
At issue is the redesigned Rotary Parking Lot after the area is repaved in the coming months. State Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin/Adams/York, obtained $93,000 in grants to overlay the lot, restripe the spaces, improve the lighting and add a 5-foot-wide walkway around the perimeter.