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Waynesboro briefs

September 05, 2008

Christmas tree to be placed on corner of Center Square

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro's Christmas tree will be placed on the corner of Center Square by Susquehanna Bank this year.

The plan for the tree's placement received approval from the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday. The request had been submitted by the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Waynesboro Inc.

The tree's placement has generated controversy in recent years.

After one tree snapped at the top, the organizations stopped placing the tree in the middle of traffic and instead decorated four trees on the corners of the square. That, coupled with the switch to white lights, elicited some strongly negative comments.

The tree-lighting ceremony this year will be held on Nov. 21 starting at 6 p.m. Also, seasonal music will be played on the square daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. after the ceremony until Christmas.

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Councilman questions need for crosswalks

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - On Wednesday, a Waynesboro borough councilman questioned why maintenance crews had painted the crosswalk at the intersection of North Street and North Church Street. In doing so, they created white and yellow stripes like several other recently repainted crosswalks.

"How many of these crosswalks are we painting?" Charles "Chip" McCammon asked.

He said the public has enough common sense to cross safely.

"I don't see any reason for all this," McCammon said.

Councilman Ronnie Martin disagreed with the assessment of widespread common sense, saying he witnessed a pedestrian cross the middle of Center Square this week.

"It's a lot of maintenance, but if it saves (one person from) an accident ..." Martin said.

Forty-four pedestrian accidents have occurred in the Borough of Waynesboro since January 2004. Three people died as a result of them.

Council to post speed limit signs on South Church Street

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday agreed to post speed limit signs on South Church Street, restricting permissible speed to 25 mph.

"At present time, there's no speed limit signs on South Church Street and that would indicate the speed limit is 55 mph," Councilman Ronnie Martin said.

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