Tri-State briefs

August 29, 2008

Council approves electronic signs

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- After months of debate, the final decision took only minutes as the Waynesboro Borough Council last week approved portions of the borough where electronic signs will be allowed.

"We've had meetings, hearings, discussion. It's on the agenda for your consideration," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger told the council moments before its decision.

The signs are not to exceed 32 square feet or be put within 20 feet of an intersection, according to the new ordinance.

The signs will be allowed for properties on the west side of South Potomac Street. They also will be permitted on the south side of East Main Street.


Both are restricted to the general commercial district. That will encompass the Red Roof Storage business on South Potomac Street, the South Potomac Street Shopping Center, CVS Pharmacy and the Waynesboro Mall.

The council was told by its solicitor that signs must be permitted somewhere in the borough. Otherwise, the outright prohibition could be challenged in court.

-- Jennifer Fitch

Some county workers to receive money from rescinded raises

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The Jefferson County Commission voted Thursday to give some county employees money that was owed them from a previous raise that was rescinded.

The issue has been ongoing in recent weeks as the commissioners try to bring the annual salaries -- which are as low as $21,500 -- in line with surrounding areas.

The commissioners had passed some raises that were spelled out in a wage study they called for, but they later rescinded the raises because they said the pay increases were going to cost more than they expected.

The commissioners now want to talk with the author of the study to talk about the costs involved.

In the meantime, the commissioners agreed Thursday to give 14 employees -- to whom raises have been suspended -- money that was due to them between July 1 and Aug. 21, when the pay raise suspension was approved.

"We owed the money," Commissioner Dale Manuel said.

-- Dave McMillion

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