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Greencastle Borough Council briefs

June 08, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

Town to buy banners, restore mural before Old Home Week



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Borough of Greencastle approved additional efforts to beautify the town before Old Home Week this August.

Downtown Beautification Committee Chairwoman Marissa Burt asked the council to approve purchasing 48 banners and brackets to secure the banners on poles downtown.

Priced at $2,524, the vinyl banners will rotate seasonally and will hang on 12 poles in downtown Greencastle, she said.

Wording and design of the banners have yet to be finalized.

Councilman Craig Myers suggested that the committee identify a slogan or other wording that is more unique than "Welcome to Historic Greencastle."

As presented Monday night, language on the banners mirrored the Welcome to Greencastle signs that will be placed around town this summer.

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In addition to banners, the council approved having mural artist Mary DuBois, of Delaware, rehabilitate the mural under the railway bridge over Baltimore Street.

DuBois painted the original mural, Burt said.

Rehabilitation of the art was estimated at $1,200, not including power-washing it to prepare for touch-ups.

The rehabilitation will also include coating the mural with marine varnish, which is typically used to protect boats, to extend the mural's life, Burt said.

The council voted unanimously to approve both projects.

It set a maximum of $150 of additional cost for power-washing the mural.

To help offset the cost of the mural project, a resident offered to donate $500, Burt said.

Burt also presented to the council an alternative to the hanging baskets it approved previously.

She proposed adding eight large urns planted with flowers around town in place of the baskets.

Possible obstruction of pedestrian traffic and vandalism held up a council vote on the urns.

Four-way stop sought at intersection



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council will send PennDOT a request for a 4-way stop at the intersection of Leitersburg Street and South Washington Street.

Councilman Paul Schemel said the public safety committee discussed the intersection at its last meeting.

Committee members felt the intersection has high enough traffic volume to warrant a traffic control device, he said.

In his report, Schemel wrote that Borough Manager Ken Womack maintains that PennDOT does not favor adding 4-way stops, and that it would likely recommend either no change or a traffic signal.

The council voted unanimously to send a request for the 4-way stop to PennDOT.

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