Waynesboro briefs - Feb. 17

February 16, 2011

Waynesboro seeks bonding for storm-water work

The Waynesboro Borough Council decided Wednesday it will give the Waynesboro Area School District until March 14 to provide bonding for storm-water work at Fairview Elementary School.

The school district made improvements to the school's parking lot last summer. Borough officials said that, as part of those plans, the district was required to address storm-water runoff with a berm.

Without the letter of credit or bond, the council could prohibit use of the parking lot, according to the borough council's president and solicitor.

Councilman Ronnie Martin said he wants to require the bonding rather than trusting the district will do the work in good faith.

"The history is they were supposed to do certain things when the high school was renovated. There wasn't any bonding, and they basically told us to pound sand," he said.

The council and school board have been at odds over several issues in recent years, including the extension of East Third Street and a school resource officer.


Changes in skatepark operations considered

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Rules could be changed at the Dunlap Family Skatepark at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area based on a resolution going to the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors next Wednesday for a vote.

If approved, the skatepark would be closed from Dec. 1 to April 1 except in periods of sustained fair weather.

Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher said skatepark users were using shovels to dig through snow and ice. Those efforts, along with salt and calcium-based products, chipped concrete and affected the sealant.

Temporary signs would alert skateboarders to periods in which the park would be opened for fair weather, Christopher said.

Otherwise the gates would be locked, he said.

Copper thefts prompt call for vigilance

Waynesboro Police Chief Mark King is asking people to watch vacant houses in their neighborhoods for suspicious activity.

Reports of copper thefts continue to keep police in Washington and Franklin counties busy, King said.

"People are cutting water lines, electric lines. They're dumb enough they're cutting gas lines, too, and creating dangerous situations," he said.

Activity at vacant houses should be reported to police immediately, King said. Officers will determine whether that activity is legitimate, he said.

The Herald-Mail Articles