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Alloway tours Waynesboro

August 14, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro's economic and government leaders took a walk downtown Friday with state Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, to show him how they are putting state grants to good use.

With Pennsylvania staring down a budget deficit for fiscal year 2009, local officials wanted to assure the senator the town could be trusted with whatever of the precious few legislative initiative grants up for grabs Alloway could secure.

Harry Morningstar, a local business owner and member of Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc., orchestrated the meeting with Alloway, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger, Borough Council President Craig Newcomer, Mayor Richard Starliper and the media.

"We wanted to acknowledge the progress of these projects and show what good stewards of the taxpayers' money that we are," Morningstar said.

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Waynesboro is in the middle of replacing its concrete sidewalks with brick, reconfiguring Center Square and updating a parking lot.

All of the projects have been funded with some state money.

Rotary Parking Lot is nearing completion, Morningstar said. All that remains are filling the brickwork with sand, installing lights and planting trees.

The sidewalk repair has only just begun.

Alloway was able to walk on the new bricks at the corner of Potomac and Main streets and see the new facade of Waynesboro coming to life.

"This is nice," he said. "I can see your vision for this, and it is great."

Not only did the men discuss the progress of current projects, but the prospects of future endeavors.

Hamberger said he has again applied for money to upgrade the stormwater management system on South Church Street and Cemetery Avenue.

What concerns the borough is not the cost of the project, estimated to be $7 million, but the residents whose homes continue to be flooded, Newcomer said.

While the meeting Friday was purely informative, Alloway said it gave him a greater sense of Waynesboro's financial needs.

"I'm committed to these things, I just can't tell you how or when or where it is going to happen," Alloway said.

The borough does not plan to ask Alloway for money except for major projects, Hamberger said.

"We realize that this is going to be a tight budget year," he said. "Rich just said (the state) is going to pass a $27.3 billion budget. They are going to spend that money, and guys like us want to make sure some of that comes to Waynesboro."

Waynesboro has also applied for grant money to upgrade Memorial Park to be more handicap accessible.

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