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Waynesboro OKs new parking lot lease with church

March 07, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A new lease unanimously approved by the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday will keep the Trinity United Church of Christ parking lot available for public use.

The borough council and church off North Potomac Street spent months negotiating a new contract to allow parking on the otherwise private church property.

Leasing the lot for downtown business and special events parking will cost the municipality $150 a month, officials said.

That is the same rate as used in previous years.

The borough will remove snow from the parking lot and sweep it twice a year, Assistant Borough Manager Jason Cohen said. Stripes will be painted to designate parking spaces when Rotary Parking Lot is painted with stripes, he said.

The borough will no longer handle long-term maintenance, but is tackling some immediate fixes, Cohen said.

“It’s the best we can do if we want to keep the lot,” Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

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Councilman Ben Greenawalt questioned why the council members would sign a new lease when they had talked about canceling it altogether. They ceased leasing The Record Herald lot in 2011.

“I thought we were trying to get out of the parking lot business. ... (The church is) using that lot for their use now more than ever,” Greenawalt said.

Councilman Craig Newcomer said community members tell him they want continued use of that lot.

“We have 88 spaces available to use when we have downtown events,” he said.

After a one-year period, the lease will start automatically renewing itself every 30 days, Hamberger said.

In other business, Harry Morningstar Jr. asked the council to consider reinstating its building facade improvements program. Morningstar, proprietor of the Furniture Market, presented the council with 11 forms from seven business or property owners who want to improve their buildings.

“The total will be about a quarter million dollars in improvements. Half of it would be reimbursed by the borough,” Morningstar said, explaining the grants come from federal and state programs.

The facade improvement program was put on hold when the economy worsened, Morningstar said.

The matter will be referred to the council’s property committee, Hamberger said.

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