Veterans memorial in Waynesboro to get upgrades

October 04, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The veterans’ memorial at Waynesboro’s Memorial Park will be getting a facelift thanks to a donation from American Legion Post 15.

Post Commander Bernie McGarity addressed the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday about the organization’s plans for the veterans’ memorial. He explained he already shared those plans with the borough’s recreation board and Memorial Park committee.

“I promised both boards they’d have the final say for any work down there,” McGarity said.

The Legion post’s members agreed to spend up to $18,500 for work at the memorial, McGarity said.

Contractor B&D Lawn and Landscape will be removing battered slate from the base of the flagpole and replacing it with more modern paver stones, McGarity said. Also, landscaping will be upgraded, in part through an in-kind donation from the business, he said.

The borough council, with members Craig Newcomer and Darrel Potts absent, gave unanimous approval to the project.

“This is a fantastic offer,” Councilman Mike Cermak said.

In other business at its Wednesday meeting, the council OK’d a spending plan for re-codification of borough ordinances. The local laws will be consolidated into one book by General Code for a total $8,130.

The municipality has more than 1,100 ordinances, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

“Some contradict each other; some cancel each other,” he said.

Having one master book makes it easier to identify those issues and enforce the laws, Hamberger said. The work of General Code, which is expected to last about 15 months, will codify the ordinances adopted in the past few years, he said.

Hamberger said he will be distributing information to the council members about mobile advertising. He mentioned complaints about logos splashed on vehicles parked on the street or private property as a tool for business advertising.

“That’s the biggest thing I get complaints on. They say, ‘What if all the businesses did this? What would the town look like?’” Councilman Ben Greenawalt said.

Borough Solicitor Sam Wiser said existing ordinances do provide ways to curb the activity, saying it could be possible to prove the truck is being used as a sign or to enforce rules about signs in the right of way.

Cermak said he would rather try to rely on existing ordinances rather than create new ones.

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