Chambersburg Borough Council will look at a fishing dock and distilleries at tonight’s meeting

April 8 – The Chambersburg Borough Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street and the agenda isn’t too terribly long. 

One item up for discussion is an authorization to approve an agreement with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for a grant. 

Allen Coffman, borough council president, said the grant would be “to put actually a fishing dock and a canoe and kayak launch down at Pine Woods Park down at the south end of town on the Conococheague. That was originally scheduled to be further north up above north of King Street. They ran into some cost overruns with it, so they asked them if they would consider moving it and they did. So I think this will be a better location for it. It provides some fishing capabilities for the handicapped people in our neighborhood, which I think is great.”

Council will also talk about a new distillery. 

Coffman said, “The borough plan RE1603 and the number doesn’t mean anything to anybody except the people that are working with it, but that’s actually the final land development for a plan for Tall Pines Distillery. They’re going to build a distillery and it will also be a restaurant. It will be down close to Rutters on Orchard Drive, on the west side of South Main Street. It’s unusual in fact, to me, that they aren’t doing the distilling there. The distilling is going to be done in the western part of the state. They have another place out near Pittsburgh. So they’ll distill it out there, bring it back here, but I think the other thing that will happen with that, I think it will allow them to sell any product, any alcoholic product that’s made in the state of Pennsylvania. So that might broaden the horizons here a little bit and you’ll be able to get food there.”

An additional distillery could be coming to Chambersburg, too. 

Coffman said, “I’m hearing some rumblings that a couple of things might go it there, the old Roy Pitz building, possibly another distillery, which may really work there, I’m not sure and there’s a possibility that the brewing facility will be restarted under another name as well. So some things are happening.”

Pennsylvania is looking to possibly close the South Mountain Golf Course. 

Coffman said, “It only connects to us because we had a gentleman who lives north of Mont Alto who plays golf out there, and there’s people I know that play golf out there. When I played golf back in the 60s, I actually played on that golf course, too, so I’m familiar with it. I don’t understand why they would eliminate it. I think it’s leased out to an individual who’s running it as a business. So for them to put what they’re saying is a visitor center in there, several miles away from Caledonia. I don’t understand why they would do that.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “That’s not an easy place to find either. So it’s a visitor center, and it’s for walking trails and all that. So I’m going to drag a whole bunch of people with those gas cars, my goodness and drive them through some real it’s not rough terrain, but it takes a little bit to get up the mountain and around the corner, so I’m dragging all that traffic up to go to this thing? That makes no sense.”

Coffman said, “If they were going to build something like that, I thought they would have built it in Caledonia. There’s trails around, there’s camping around there. They’re moving it to an area where there’s a golf course. That’s pretty much it. So we were asked if we would do a letter of support for not closing it and we’re going to talk about that. That’s one of the things that’s on the list. We do oppose closing it.” 

There are two fountains to discuss in Chambersburg. 

Coffman said, “Memorial square fountain will be turned on. It’s scheduled right now for the third of May, which is a Friday, the time yet to be determined. That’s the main event that happens every year around that time, but we do have the Glenn Street fountain which we will be turning on either the 10th to the 17th of May, a week later, on a Friday, time yet to be determined. I think there’s a lot of the neighbors in that area that are going to go out of their way to try to make it something special. This is the first full restoration of that fountain that’s been done in at least 30 years. So I expect a lot of the neighbors will come out for that.” 

Ryan said, “We’re honored to have another go around with a fire up the fountain, a project we started many, many years ago on NewsTalk 1037FM. Our thanks to the borough, the borough employees, Allen, of course, you, and the police department, fire department, everybody who gets behind this thing that’s been near and dear to my heart. It started with me going we don’t turn this into a little bit of celebration, lighting this up every year? Then to have the fountain taken away twice in my time here. Once for repairs and once for repairs. She’s back.” 

Coffman said, “We cherish it quite a bit. There’s an awful lot of correspondence that goes out that has the picture of the fountain on it. Even the county uses it.” 
For tonight’s agenda, click here.