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Pa. lawmakers closing one office, moving others

December 13, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • In this Hearld-Mail file photo, Pa. Rep. Todd Rock, left, Sen. Rich Alloway, center, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett talk after a tour at Manitowoc Cranes. Alloway and Rock announced changes to their Franklin County, Pa., offices Wednesday.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Two Pennsylvania state legislators announced Wednesday they are moving their Franklin County offices to save money and provide better accessibility for all their constituents.

Sen. Rich Alloway will close his Waynesboro office at 237 E. Main St., on Tuesday as a cost-cutting measure while Rep. Todd Rock already has moved the locations of his offices in Waynesboro and Greencastle.

“It is important to be a good steward of tax dollars, especially during these challenging economic times.

Consolidating my Franklin County offices makes good fiscal sense. I believe we need smaller, more effective government, and I am confident that many of my constituents share this viewpoint as well,” Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, said in a news release.

The closing of Alloway’s office leaves one more empty storefront in downtown Waynesboro.

“Many businesses and organizations have been forced to make decisions to downsize and cut costs.

Government is no different. I anticipate we will continue to receive the same level of support as we always have from Sen. Alloway and his staff,” Carlene Wilhide, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, said in the statement.

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Waynesboro businessman Steve Minnich applauded Alloway for cutting expenses. 

“Sen. Alloway continues to lead by example. The state is facing severe fiscal challenges and reining in spending is the right thing to do,” said Minnich, who owns The Beer Shed and is a former Franklin County treasurer.

“I am confident that Waynesboro and the southern portion of Franklin County will continue to receive the same excellent service and representation from Sen. Alloway,” Minnich said in the news release issued by Alloway’s office.

Alloway’s Chambersburg office at 37 S. Main St., Suite 200, will continue to serve as the main district office for the 33rd Senatorial District in Chambersburg and can be reached by calling 717-264-6100.

Alloway also has offices in Gettysburg, Pa., and Harrisburg, Pa.

Constituent services will continue to be offered at all three locations, Alloway said in the release.

In an effort to better serve residents of the 90th Legislative District, Rock, R-Franklin, said he moved the locations of his district office operations about a week ago.

“We thought making the move at the beginning of the term would be a good time to make the move,” he said in a phone interview Wednesday.

“The state is urging everyone to improve cost efficiency and come into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, as they should. These major factors led me to conclude that my staff and I can serve constituents more effectively at these new locations, and I look forward to doing so,” Rock said in a news release.

Rock’s Waynesboro office has moved from the square to the Landis Complex at 20 E. Sixth St., Suite 203.

He said the phone number (717-749-7384) and fax number (717-762-4380) will remain the same.

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“There’s plenty of parking at the new location and it’s 100 percent ADA compliant,” Rock said.

The Greencastle office, formerly on Carlisle Street, is now at 39 Chambers Lane, Suite 102, Greencastle.

The phone (717-597-2224) and fax numbers (717-597-3988) will remain the same. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed on Fridays.

In addition, two of Rock’s employees were reduced to part time and the hours of operation at the Greencastle office was cut from five days to four, he said.

Even though cost cutting was a huge consideration, Rock said bringing his office in line with ADA compliance to provide better accessibility for all his constituents was his reason for the office changes.

“We have very busy offices. We do PennDOT work, license renewals and all types of things — so it’s important to make our office accessible for everyone,” Rock said.

“I can appreciate that change takes getting used to, and the previous office locations were familiar to many in our community,” Rock said. “I, too, am sad to say good-bye to the areas where my offices have been ... since I was first elected.”

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