Four candidates running for three Greencastle Borough Council seats

November 01, 2011|By C.J. LOVELACE |

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — There will be at least one new face on the Greencastle Borough Council after Election Day Tuesday.

Four men — two incumbents and two newcomers — are running for three open seats in the general election. Each seat carries a four-year term.

Winning nominations in the May primaries, incumbents Jim Farley and Duane Kinzer will be joined by Frank Webster Jr. on the Republican ticket, while Wade Burkholder will be running unopposed on the Democratic ticket.

Appointed to the council in January to replace Councilman Mark Singer who resigned, Farley, 71, of 79 Celestial Terrace, retired from the U.S. Army in 1989 and has lived in Greencastle since 2003.

He said one of his biggest concerns on the council is continuing to work with Antrim Township supervisors to purchase their water system and combine operations with the borough's current operation.

"The objective is to combine and operate under the same umbrella," Farley said in an email. "This will promote efficiency of operation, ease in growth planning and carries promise, to ultimately, lower overall operating costs. I'll continue to provide whatever support I can to bring this effect to a successful conclusion."

Growth has been a major issue in recent years and keeping up with demands, such as infrastructure and traffic flow, remains a concern, said Farley, who also noted that maintaining the "historic small-town atmosphere" is equally important.

Kinzer, 67, of 463 E. Baltimore St., is seeking his third term on the borough council. An employee of Century Inc. of Greencastle, Kinzer said in May that he hopes his experience on the board speaks for itself when Election Day arrives.

In May, Kinzer said a major issue facing Greencastle is how to maintain and/or improve the borough's real estate tax base while keeping taxes affordable.

"To do this, we must work to find new commercial and industrial development to help increase this tax base," he has said.

Kinzer did not respond to several telephone calls and messages seeking comment for this story.

Rounding out the Republican ticket, Webster, 60, of 155 Addison Ave., is a retired, disabled auto mechanic who believes there are too many "multiple property owners on (the) borough council."

"In and of itself, it's not really a bad thing, but when your council is almost 50 percent weighted that way, it concerns me that single property owners may be second best in the process of legislation that pertains to the borough," Webster said. "I just feel that as a retired, disabled individual, I'm a good entity for people in a similar situation."

Webster, who said he has no specific agenda if elected, acknowledges the work done by current council members, but said it's time for some new faces and points of view.

"There are a couple things I'd like to see stopped, such as open trash burning. That's one of my pet peeves," he said. "I think the police department could be a little more held to task for what they are responsible for doing around here, especially for the drugs-in-the-school problems that we have."

Since retiring from the auto service industry, Webster has operated a local computer service company and said he is sympathetic to others trying to start up small business ventures.

On the Democratic side, Burkholder, 65, of 235 E. Baltimore St., has worked in marketing for WJEJ radio in Hagerstown for more than 20 years and is a co-owner for Wade-Lin Properties. He believes that the council is already run in a professional manner and just wants to offer his expertise to help it continue that way.

Quality-of-life issues for residents are some of his major concerns.

"I would like to see Greencastle continue to be a well-kept, clean town," Burkholder said in an email, noting that he'd also like to see small business growth in the borough as well.

A regular attendee of council meetings since the beginning of the year, Burkholder also mentioned financial accountability as a major factor in his candidacy.

"All municipalities, including Greencastle, are facing the problem of having to do more with less," he said. "Tax revenues are declining, or staying steady, while the cost of goods and services continue to increase. As a council person, I would want accounting for every tax dollar that is spent."

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