Waynesboro council briefs

March 05, 2009

Councilman: Fill only one police vacancy

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro Borough Council member said Wednesday that he thinks only one of two police officer vacancies should be filled, considering the weakened economy.

Councilman Ronnie Martin said he fears real estate transfer and wage taxes will take a serious hit in 2009.

Officer Lynn Lowman recently retired, and Michael Broas took a job with the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Officer Robert Stansfield is serving in Iraq. Officer Travis Carbaugh has been working in Waynesboro Area middle and high schools as a resource officer.

Twenty-one officer positions comprise the approved complement for the Waynesboro Police Department.

The Council agreed to let the finance committee make updated projections for the year's revenue, then make the decision about police staffing later.

Also, the council is putting together a new civil service list so that it can fill a pending firetruck driver vacancy.


Support for shelter grant delayed

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday delayed lending support to a New Hope Shelter grant agreement in an effort to gain more information about the money needed.

Several years ago, the shelter applied for Community Development Block Grant funding for a few projects, including a bus. Only the bus was approved.

The grant paperwork came through with $7,000 for the bus, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

"They will not be spending close to the $7,000, I can tell you that," he said.

Council asked for an exact figure for the bus and insurance before signing the required sub-recipient agreement.

"I did not know this was hanging over us from a couple years ago," Councilman Ronnie Martin said.

Punt statue suggested

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro businessman Harry Morningstar Jr. confirmed Wednesday that a few residents have talked about commissioning a statue of recently retired state Sen. Terry Punt.

"It's really just a breakfast conversation at this point," he said.

Morningstar said ideas and price quotes will be gathered to present to the Waynesboro Borough Council. Gilland Memorial Works, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., is putting together information about some aspects of the project.

Council President Craig Newcomer emphasized Wednesday that the council has no role in the project at this point.

"It's a private matter, and they came to us to inform us of that," Newcomer said. "That's where it stands."

Punt, R-Franklin/Adams/York, served 30 years in elected office.

Money sought for Welty Road work

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has been asked to provide the Borough of Waynesboro with $260,000 to rehabilitate Welty Road, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Hamberger said he's talked with members of Shuster's staff and obtained letters of support from Franklin County Planning Commission, Waynesboro Planning Commission, Franklin County Area Development Corp., Washington Township Supervisors and Otterbein Church.

- Jennifer Fitch

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