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Planting areas for trees added to parking lot project

June 20, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Planting areas for trees became a last-minute add-on to a parking lot rehabilitation project in the Borough of Waynesboro on Wednesday.

Susan D’heedene, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, asked the Waynesboro Borough Council to make changes to a parking lot project already under way. Maintenance crews recently started preparation work for next week’s paving of the church lot, which is open to public parking under a lease agreement.

D’heedene asked for cuts to be made in sections where trees can be planted.

“We’ll put the trees in,” she said.

Borough officials expressed concerns about making the changes and losing six parking spaces because of the lease agreement. However, the council voted 5-0 to direct crews to create the 4 foot by 4 foot areas for trees.

Maintenance Supervisor Dennis Benshoff later said he can do the cuts better after the lot is sealed. The councilmen told him to use his best judgement.

Debate about adding conduit for lighting wiring ended with the council deciding to put that initiative on hold.

— Jennifer Fitch

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