Chambersburg Borough Council meeting tonight has a lot of moving parts

November 8 – Chambersburg Borough Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street with a pretty full agenda.

Allen Coffman, Councilmember for the First Ward, joined Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen this morning during First News for a preview of the meeting.

Council will hear a report from the bond counsel to consider enacting a debt ordinance to get a little more than $8 million bond to refinance existing debt. The borough will save money doing that.

Another item is a presentation from Michael Baker International to give council an update on what’s going on with the comprehensive plan.

Coffman said, “I hope that a lot of that will center around what we got in Planning and Zoning Commission concerning the Southgate redevelopment. They had a rather detailed report about that in our Planning and Zoning meeting a couple weeks ago. I hope council receives that same briefing from the Michael Baker representative on that one because that should generate some really interesting conversation tonight.”

Council will also look at installing a new Civil War trail marker on memorial square in front of the Franklin County Visitors Center.

The 2022 preliminary budget will receive public comment and council will likely approve the authorization to advertise what the real estate tax rate will be.

A resolution for the capital improvement plans and street project list for 2022-23 will also be discussed.

A presentation about Loudon Street Flood Mitigation project will also be heard. Council will consider authorizing the approval for a resolution to go to DCED (Department of Community and Economic Development) looking for grant funding up to $650,000 to acquire the property at 195 Loudon Street, demo it, relocate the use and turn it into a recreational project.

Currently it’s the homeless shelter and it’s on the point between the Conococheague Creek and Loudon Street, where Loudon turns into Queen. It sits probably almost in a flood plain.

Coffman said, “It comes under, it’ll be filed with FEMA. Federal Emergency Management Association. Federal money. So that should generate a lot of conversation with that.”

Additionally, there will be reports from two Planning and Zoning meetings as well as an update on the Glenn Street fountain renovation project.

To view the agenda for tonight’s meeting, click here: