Chambersburg Borough Council will take another look at the electric rates and hear a presentation for a building project

August 28 – The Chambersburg Borough Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street.

One of the items on the agenda will be the rate change for the electric fees for the borough.

Allen Coffman, borough council president, said, “We’ve talked about that I guess for a couple of meetings. We had the information given to us from our consultants, and now it’s time to make some decisions and decide how to move forward. So that’s probably the heaviest thing that I see on this agenda for this evening.”

It’s possible the rate will jump 11.3 percent.

Coffman said, “But that isn’t the final number. The final number will come out tonight when we get through the discussion part of it. There were three other scenarios that were given on how to build this electric, we’ll call it, general fund back. That one was the most severe of the four that were put out to us, but there are other options and it would be interesting to see what discussion there is on the other options. I’m thinking right now it will probably be around 11.3.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “That’s a big number to digest. As a business owner or resident in the borough, your electricity is going to go up. Frankly if they don’t vote in the majority for this, it could go back to the drawing board. You can take a vote. You’re going to take a vote on a number tonight.”

Coffman said, “Yeah, we’ll take a vote and the reason for it is not so much as making that decision, it’s the paperwork that goes behind it. The ordinances and the resolutions that have to be done to make this happen.”

The vote tonight will be for the topic to move forward. The vote to raise the rate will be later this year.

Coffman explained, “This is keeping the movement going to try to determine what we’re going to do. There’s a lot of legal work that goes into this before the real final vote, but this should be some indication of what’s going to happen.”

Luminest, a company that has done housing projects in the borough, will make a presentation about another project on South Main Street.

Coffman said, “They’re trying to get a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for a home investment grant in the amount of about a million and a half dollars. Apparently we are a pass through for that money to Luminest. We’ve done these pass throughs before for many different entities here in the borough of Chambersburg.”

Electric meters are being replaced in the borough.

Coffman said, “The borough has had a series of probably a couple hundred old type electric meters that need to be replaced. They’re obsolete. Well, I had one of those meters. Last Thursday guys from the electric department and my electricians all met. They made this changeover. But the reason I want to mention it is the professionalism of our electric department people that came to do this. They were there early in the morning. They did their part that they could do up until the time that the interior work was done. They came back when the final meter installation took place. And I’ll tell you what, we are very, very fortunate to have the professionals at the level that these guys are to get it done. If you’ve got questions, they’ll explain it to you. They just do a great job. That was the one end of the house. The other end of the house, remember we talked about lead goosenecks, the water connections? Well, I had a lead gooseneck too. So on the other end of the house on Edgar Avenue, the guys are digging out there and they opened up and changed and reviewed five different ones there. They started in the morning, they were done mid-afternoon. Those guys again, I can’t say enough about our utility workers that are out, meet the public and do the job. They are just super. So that’s my public thanks to both the water guys and the electric department.”

For tonight’s agenda, click here: