Be Heard September 1st!

CHAMBERSBURG – On April 26, 2021, Town Council appointed an Exploratory Committee, comprised of three members of Town Council hand picked by Council President, Democrat, Elia.

The Exploratory Committee was comprised of Kathy J. Leedy, Democrat – 3rd Ward, Heath Talhelm, Democrat 5th Ward – who is not running for office, and Michael Herbert, Independent … who’s is ALSO not running again in the 2nd Ward. This Committee was charged to research, gather information and consider amendments to local law to codify non-discrimination in the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Chambersburg which would also expand LGBTQ+ and other definitions of protected groups as well a the definitions of violations according to the Gettysburg ordinance they are recommending as a model; and further, to consider whether Chambersburg should assume responsibility for investigation, adjudication and enforcement of complaints with a separate body such as a local Human Relations Commission; and finally, to deliver a written report to Council with its recommendations.

The Committee met six times between May and July 2021 and on August 6, 2021, released the attached report to Town Council.

On August 9, 2021, Town Council authorized a Special Meeting to be held to review the report of the Committee and to consider whether Council wishes to adopt a Local Human Relations Ordinance pursuant to the authority to do so under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. The Committee recommended adopting almost the exact same law already in effect in Gettysburg Borough. A draft of a proposed local law is included with this release. In addition, a copy of the proposed local law is available on the Borough website (www.chambersburgpa.gov) by clicking on I Need To… View proposed local laws. Finally, a paper copy of the proposed law can be obtained by visiting the Borough Secretary’s office at 100 South Second Street in Chambersburg between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Special Meeting of Town Council will be held on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre at 159 South Main Street in Chambersburg. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Staff cannot ensure a Zoom connection for this meeting. As such, your in-person participation is recommended. Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, wearing face coverings and social distancing is recommended during indoor public events.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please submit questions or comments via email to [email protected]. Written correspondence can be mailed to Jamia Wright, Borough Secretary, Borough of Chambersburg, 100 South Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.