It’s talk of parking and zoning in Chambersburg this week

December 4 – The next Chambersburg Borough Council meeting will be next week, but there are two committees meeting this week to discuss issues in the borough. 

Tonight, the Parking, Traffic and Streetlight Committee will meet at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street in Chambersburg. 

Allen Coffman, borough council president, said, “They’ve got some items on their list that they’re going to talk about. Some of it concerns the parking in the downtown areas. So I’m planning on going to that one. I’d like to see what some of the decisions that they make are.”

On the talk of metered parking ticketing during the holidays, Coffman said, “I don’t know why it’s official or unofficial, but I would say there’s probably not a lot of parking tickets being given out downtown in metered areas.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Maybe that’s a further discussion of how we make it official for the meters at least in the four streets that meet up in the fountain area for the retailers.” 

In Greencastle, a sponsor provides free parking in the downtown area. The meters are bagged. 

Coffman said, “It sounds like they have a sponsor for it, discovering what they think is lost revenue. Interesting.” 

Ryan noted, “That would help the retailers. All sorts of businesses around the area. We should do something to make that official. Certainly not this year, but perhaps next year.”

“Interesting thought,” Coffman said. 

The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Tuesday night. 

Coffman said, “We continue to have activity in businesses and buildings and so forth.”

Next week’s Borough Council meeting will officially adopt the 2024 budget. 

Coffman said, “That’ll be the last meeting I believe, unless there’s something that people find that needs to be discussed further in the budget, the proposed budget, that should be the last meeting for the year.”

The reorganizational meeting for 2024 will be in the beginning of January. 

Coffman said, “The reorganization meeting will be on the 2nd of January. So really, it’s less than a month away at this point. There’ll be half of Council which has been either reelected or new people that will be sworn in. Our plan is to have Judge Manns, our district justice here in Chambersburg come swear those of us in. After that there’ll be decisions made on who the president, vice president and finance people will be for council and then it will go into the boards, committees and commissions, of which right now we have 34, but I think that number is going to shrink. We’re going to take a few of those off that haven’t been meeting or haven’t been needed or else have served their purpose. So that’ll be the majority of the first meeting. There might be some things on the consent agenda that need to be passed. But other than that, I don’t think there’ll be any real business transaction in the first meeting on the second of January.”

The Christmas parade was quite nice. 

Coffman said, “I actually got to be in it, which was kind of a thrill and you really see how many people came out for that. It wasn’t just on Main Street. There were people all over Second Street as far up as the fire department even. I was surprised.”

The holiday lights are also up now. 

Coffman said, “They’ll be up until I think after Ice Fest.” 

Martin’s Potato drop will happen on New Year’s Eve. 

Coffman said, “I guess then the next thing will be Ice Fest. I mean, it hardly seems it could be here already, does it? I don’t know where this year went. I really don’t.” 

Mild temperatures are actually good for Public Works and the budget. 

Coffman confirmed, “It helps when you don’t spend that money on stone snow removal, it is a big help. No question about it. You never know whether you’ve laid enough money back or whether you will have money leftover from it, but I’m hoping we’ll have money leftover from it in 2024.”

For the Parking, Traffic and Streetlight Committee agenda, click here:  http://www.borough.chambersburg.pa.us/pdf/PTSL12-4-2023%20Agenda.pdf
For the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda, click here: http://www.borough.chambersburg.pa.us/government/meeting-agendas.html