There are 29 items on tonight’s Chambersburg Borough Council consent agenda

March 25 – There are typically three different types of discussion points on the consent agenda for the Chambersburg Borough Council. 

One is awarding contracts to various businesses for work in the borough. When council agrees to them, it gives the work the green light. 

The second is routine items, which include approval of minutes or disposition of records. 

Finally, there’s previously discussed items. 

Allen Coffman, borough council president, said, “If somebody has a question about it, I’ll usually say I’ll accept a motion to accept the whole thing, all 29 items or we could pull anything off, discuss it separately and we can vote on anything separately. So technically you could have 29 different motions if people would go that way.” 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “You’ve got to be paying close attention here. If I see something on the consent agenda and I want to say something about it and you say we’re going to vote on the whole consent agenda and if remarks aren’t in that part, it’s time to move on. It’s really important to pay attention.” 

One item on the regular agenda is a $9 million bond council is considering for acquisition of land and engineering for the future Public Works campus; storm sewer utility capital improvement projects; and an electric department substation project. 

Coffman said, “Those three things will come under that bond if that bond is approved and I expect that it will be. If you look back at the storm sewer utility, that’s one of those that we talked about numerous times. It’s never going to go away. It’s never going to be at the end of the list, so to speak.” 

Sprinklers will also be a discussion topic tonight. Fire Chief Ulrich will have a presentation to the council.  

Coffman said, “The chief will be there. He’s got a slide presentation set up where he wants to talk about adopting the International Fire Code which was actually done in 2018. He’s reviewed it. He’s bringing it to us to see if we will approve it. I think what will happen here, I don’t think council will be really in favor of having people build new homes that have sprinkler systems. It’s tremendously expensive and I guess it’s a great thing to put on a wish list, but I don’t see that happening. I think the end of this thing would be we might adopt the 2018 International Fire Code, with local amendments and we are allowed to do that.”

There will be a discussion about sprinklers in apartments downtown or when new homes are built. 

Coffman suggested, “I think ultimately it will come to the point where council will probably say we think that’s a step too far. We’re going to make an amendment to the 2018 fire code.” 

An ordinance about the brush, grass and weeds will also be reviewed. 

Coffman said, “It’s 10 inches on grass. If it’s more than 10 inches, you’ll get a notice to mow your grass. Something came up about noxious weeds. There’s a state list of noxious weeds and there’s also, I believe a federal list. So if somebody has something growing that is of a noxious nature, I guess they could make a call to the borough, they could send somebody out to look at it and they will have a list. I understand you can identify them by taking a picture of them, even if you know nothing about horticulture.” 

Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street. 

For tonight’s agenda, click here