Even though there’s no Chambersburg council meeting tonight, business is still buzzing

February 19 – The next Chambersburg Borough Council meeting will be February 26, but the call center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The number is 717-263-4111 and will help residents with everything from an electric problem to a pothole. 

The American Public Power Association meeting will be held in Washington at the end of February. 

Allen Coffman, borough council president, explained the group meets “every year about this time to do some legislative work very much similar to American Public Gas Association, that we did last month, so I’m going to be in Washington DC for that and hopefully visiting Dr. Joyce again, and probably we will hopefully get an audience with our two Senators’ office as well. We will at least get staffers, I think, but I don’t think we’ll get to see the Senators. But Dr. Joyce, our representative, has always been very gracious about receiving us and talking with us about our issues.” 

Has the group ever met Bob Casey?

Coffman said, “I have not. Never shook hands with the man.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM responded, “Remarkable.”

Snow removal in Chambersburg is a point of discussion, especially in the winter. 

Coffman said, “Some people have a tendency not to want to take care of their walks. I want to remind everybody that 24 hours after the snow stops, they can and may send out people to check sidewalks to see if they’re shoveled. So, here’s the real thing about that. It’s not fine. It’s a $50 fine I believe if they write you up for it, and it goes and it goes to a court, but that’s not the thing. What we’re really looking for, what we really want to see is compliance. We just want people to shovel their sidewalks. That’s really what it’s all about. Just be a neighbor and make it safe for people to travel on the sidewalks instead of walking in the street with the cars.” 

Fire hydrants are another issue with snow removal. 

Coffman said, “If you have a fire hydrant, that’s on your area, in front of your house or beside it, it’s not required, but it would be a really nice thing as you’re doing your snow removal that remove the snow around the fire hydrant, about a four foot radius around the fire hydrant. The fire department guys would really appreciate that and you would too if they’re coming to your house to take care of a problem.”

PennDOT is looking at possible changes on the west side of town where the split is on Lincoln Way West at Sollenberger Road. 

Coffman said, “It looks like they’ve offered a couple of different ways of taking care of that. One of them is actually a roundabout, and we were asked to comment on that. We have commented on that. We think we have some ideas that will make that situation much better for everybody, and it’ll keep the traffic flowing. I’ve never been a real fan of roundabouts but I am becoming more of a fan now because it keeps the traffic flowing. That’s the beauty of it. To get Loudon Street opened up to two lanes coming in instead of one lane coming in and one going out. Two lanes going east, one lane going west, clear up to the bridge there at Franklin and Loudoun, so it can be done. Whether they accept our suggestions or not, who knows? It might be 10 or 15 years until they build it. You’ve got to get on the list. It doesn’t happen this year. That’s been talked about in that area probably for 25 years anyway, improvements.”