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Greencastle briefs

September 08, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

K9 officer helps in drug raid



GREENCASTLE, Pa. --Greencastle Police Department's four-legged K9 officer used his nose Friday to help officers from his department and the Franklin County Drug Task Force uncover a stash of drugs in the Borough of Greencastle.

Rony, the borough's 1-year-old German shepherd accompanied officers on Sept. 4 to serve a search warrant at a borough home.

Police Chief John Phillippy said Rony sniffed out various quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana during a search of the residence.

"He did quite nicely for us last Friday during the drug raid in town," Phillippy said. "He uncovered quite a lot of heroin."

A resident of the home was placed in the state correctional system on a parole violation, police said.

An investigation into the drug raid is ongoing.

Rescue Hose plans approved



GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. received final approval Tuesday to build a new 2,930-square-foot office building in the Borough of Greencastle.

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Rescue Hose recently purchased a vacant office building adjacent to the fire station.

The building was a non-conforming use in the general residential district, according to staff reports.

Rescue Hose plans to demolish the existing building and construct office space on the lot using existing public facilities, said Borough Manager Ken Womack.

The borough planning and zoning commission recommended that council approve the plans.

With no discussion, the borough council voted 5-0 in favor of waiving preliminary plan requirements and approving final plans for the structure.

Council President Charlie Eckstine said the council has historically deferred to its planning and zoning commission for approving development plans.

H. Duane Kinzer and Craig Myers were absent.

Furnace discussion tabled



GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Outdoor furnaces could be off the list of heating options for residents in the Borough of Greencastle.

Borough Manager Ken Womack proposed drafting an amendment to the open burning ordinance that would prohibit residents from using exterior furnaces as source of heating.

With winter around the corner, Womack said he wanted to put the issue before council as soon as possible.

At the borough's August meeting, it discussed amending its open burning ordinance after residents complained about the nuisance caused by smoke.

Since the meeting, the borough has received letters from residents questioning what exactly it is considering changing in its burning ordinance.

While the borough works on what it wants to change in its open burning ordinance, Womack suggested taking steps now to ban the furnaces which are known to produce heavy smoke.

Putrid smoke and air pollution were the primary concerns of council as it debated whether or not to move forward with the amendment.

Few council members had knowledge of the pros and cons surrounding the furnaces and councilman Mark Singer suggested tabling the amendment until staff could research whether any outdoor furnaces could be tolerable.

Womack said he is not aware of any exterior furnaces being used in the borough.

He said he would research the issue and bring his findings back to council.

Columbia Gas makes clock tower donation



GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania will help the Borough of Greencastle pay for its clock tower renovation, which borough officials say will cost more than originally anticipated.

The gas company presented the borough council on Tuesday with a check for $1,000 toward the project as a gesture of goodwill.

Having just completed the gas line replacement project along Baltimore Street, the company wanted to give back to the community, said spokeswoman Bethany Burtyk.

Borough Manager Ken Womack and members of the council gladly accepted the donation noting that the project will cost more than originally estimated.

The borough bid the project assuming it would not have to pay prevailing wage, Womack said.

On Aug. 18, it accepted the bid of GRC General Contractor for $38,000.

Womack said Borough Solicitor Sam Wiser, an attorney with Salzmann Hughes, advised that the borough would have to pay prevailing wage for the project.

Prevailing wage will cost the borough an additional $8,230 in labor to complete the project, Womack said.

The borough re-bid the project in August with prevailing wage as a project alternate, for which GRC was the low bidder.

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