Chambersburg Borough Council will take a look at 23 consent agenda items and six regular agenda items tonight

June 17 — The Chambersburg Borough Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street. 

There are a number of issues on the consent agenda — 23 items to be specific. 

Allen Coffman, borough council president, said, “There might be some discussion on some of those. I really don’t see there’s anything that’ll draw a lot of attention or that needs to be discussed. One other note I made is that the bills for the month of May of 2024, amount to $12,312,906.70 and just to remind people that the borough has bills that they have to pay too.” 

There are about six items on the regular agenda. 

Coffman said, “One of those is authorization for proper borough officials to execute a representation agreement with Knox Law Firm in Erie, Pennsylvania, to undertake a research project into the Franklin County assessment database, and that’s public information, by the way, in order to make an independent determination of the fairness and equity of the county wide assessment. So the approximate cost of that is about $7,500. It also will authorize me, or us, the borough, to contact councils in Shippensburg, Greencastle, Waynesboro, Mont Alto and Mercersburg to see if they want to assist and join in the cost, and that would be based on the populations of those areas. That’s the very first thing that’s on our agenda.”

The borough is continuing to look for a potential reassessment from the county. 

Coffman said, “The other thing they have is to authorize the awarding of a contract for storm sewer cleaning and a camera project from a group called Utility Services Group. They’re out of Camp Hill. We’re going to scope some of the pipes, the storm water. That amount is supposed to be $72,026.70. I’m not sure exactly what areas that’s in, but we’ll get a look at that and we could talk about that tomorrow.”

Would purchasing the equipment outright for checking out the storm sewer for the borough be a good idea? 

Coffman said, “They do have a camera system but I was just told just recently that the company that’s doing this has a really unique camera. It not only looks, it scans 360 degrees on the inside of the pipe. It also can come out and go in the lateral which comes in generally right angles to the pipe, so they can go up and check that out too. So that may have some of the covering some of the costs. That equipment is really really expensive to do that kind of stuff.”

A potential cooperation agreement with Edenville Water Association will also be discussed. 

Coffman said, “I wasn’t even aware that Edenville had a water group of their own. I thought they would have been under Bear Valley, but they do operate their own system. They have 185 customers, and they have one employee. So what this basically would be is an authorization we’d have an inter municipal agreement where they could call us if they have some sort of a problem and if we have the capacity to help them out, we would do that and we would bill them and they would pay for it. So it’s not an unusual thing. But it’s unusual in the fact that I didn’t know they had a water service.”

A true Chambersburg treasure, Sam Worley turned 103 last Thursday.

Coffman said, “He was the mayor at one point. He was also on council I believe.”

Some street ordinances will also be discussed tonight. 

Coffman added, “We also will be adjourning to an executive session to discuss a personnel matter, possible litigation and a personnel matter. We will not be coming back into public session after that. We’ll also get a report on what happened at the Parking Traffic Streetlight meeting on the third of June. 

This will be the first and only council meeting for June. Next month will get into the budget. 

Coffman said, “We’re going to be having two or three meetings a month from now until December.”

What does the Pennsylvania state budget mean to Chambersburg Borough budget? 

Coffman said, “The only thing I can think of would be liquid fuels taxes, which would be

money that would come to us for street repair. Other than that, I’m not sure that whatever the state does in their budget really has an effect on us.”

Would any grants get held up? 

Coffman said, “No. Because these are on a federal level.”

What about any pass through grants? 

Coffman said, “The pass through wouldn’t affect us. It would go to the end user. But it could hold them up.” 
For tonight’s agenda, click here.