Chambersburg Borough Council will talk about the public works campus tonight

February 12 – Chambersburg Borough Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street. 

One topic up for discussion will be the public works campus on Wayne Avenue. The financing of the project will be the issue on the table. 

Allen Coffman, borough council president, said, “We’re going to talk about that in some more detail and talk about the funding for at least the design work to obtain the remaining real estate that needs to be acquired there.”

The borough will not force anyone to sell their property or home. 

Coffman said, “There’s 11 properties that are there that could be acquired and it would be nice to have all 11, but at the point that we are now I think we have commitments for exactly what we need, and there’s people that can certainly stay there and they don’t have to sell their homes and they can live there as long as they would like.”

The stormwater utility capital improvement projects is a second topic for review tonight. 

Coffman said, it “will also be a discussion more about money than what needs to be done.”

The borough’s finance advisor will be presenting what’s available for the funding. 

Coffman said, “Eventually the financing for the building, the garage complex, will come back through some sanitation fees. That’s the payback on that, but there’s no grant money available for either of these projects, as far as I know. So we’ve got to figure out a way that we can finance it.”

The borough has a bond out for the new police headquarters as well as the Aquatic Center. 

Coffman said, “That still has another, I think almost 20 years to run on that one. That’s three mils of tax there on that one. The funding will be a big part. But, if you go down and you look at what’s on Loudon Street and where the guys work, it’s little. A lot of things they can’t do inside buildings because the equipment has outgrown the size of the building and some of those things have to be worked on outside. So that’s unacceptable.”

There’s a service center on Franklin Street, too. 

Coffman explained, “The service center that’s on Franklin Street, is where the dispatchers work out of, the 24-hour people, but it’s also the storehouse for all the equipment that the borough has warehoused to use. It’s a storage area. Vehicles work in and out of that all the time. But, the vehicle that’s on Loudon Street that we’re talking about is strictly a maintenance and repair facility. That’s what they do, vehicle maintenance and repair and storage.” 

Council will also get reports from the Planning and Zoning Commission and Parking, Traffic, Streetlight Committee. 

Coffman said, “To wind up the whole thing, there’ll be an executive session where we’re going to talk about probational hiring of firefighters. It’s not adding to the total number, it’s getting ready for retirements and people that are leaving for other reasons.”

The Chambersburg Police Department released their yearly Transparency Report. 

Coffman said, “They do a wonderful job for us.”