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Punt secures funding for downtown Waynesboro sidewalk work

November 26, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In one of his last actions before retirement, State Sen. Terry Punt announced Tuesday that he secured a $500,000 grant to rehabilitate downtown sidewalks.

About a half-mile of sidewalks on Main Street from Grant Street to Walnut Street will be rebuilt with textured concrete to make them appear as if they were made from brick, according to Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

"It's going to be very similar to the walkways downtown that are stamped concrete," Hamberger said, referring to the pattern used on South Mulberry Avenue.

The borough manager said a year and a half could pass before the work is complete, due to construction and engineering schedules, as well as the money needing to be released from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

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"All along this is what I've been trying to make happen downtown," said Craig Newcomer, borough council president.

Newcomer said he's very excited and has been struggling to keep the secret. He took the idea to Harry Morningstar Jr. and the design review committee before suggesting it to Punt, R-Franklin/Adams/York.

"It's very important I go through the design committee because my ideas aren't always the greatest," Newcomer said.

The council president hopes that the sidewalks prove to be a "build it and they will come" approach. The sidewalks will tie in to repaved Rotary parking lot and the Victorian-style lamp posts recently extended along Main Street, he said.

"Now the business community can bring businesses into a unique little town," Newcomer said.

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