July 10 – The Chambersburg Borough Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street with two items on the agenda.
The first one is an authorization for the storm sewer utility to apply for funding for the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Floodplain Restoration Project.
Allen Coffman, borough council president, said, “It’s an area that’s behind the church. I’ve never been in it, but it’s down on the Conochocheague Creek. Apparently it’s in the floodplain down there and I guess there’s some federal money that’s available to do some work down there to help it out.”
If the agreement is voted on tonight, Biohabitats out of Baltimore, MD, will be the engineering firm to complete the study to determine the conditions of the floodplain.
Coffman said they will also “develop a concept plan and whatever improvement can be made. It’s a cost not to exceed $22,168. So obviously, we’ve gotten a quote on it. So where does it end up? Well, it ends up the Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan will then be amended to include this and that will improve our favorability, I guess, with the Chesapeake Bay people. But as we found in the past, it doesn’t look like anybody’s going to be able to do enough to make the Chesapeake Bay people happy with pollution. A lot of money gets dumped into that every year and it’s still not enough and I don’t know whether we’ll ever get to that point. It’s a never ending project.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “The activists in Maryland have a lot more sway now with the new governor down there Wes Moore. I pull up to the different Maryland news things they’re just full of demands by environmental action groups and he just gave someone a lot of power over a group. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot of noise from Maryland.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “Everything runs upstream here. So whatever Wes has got, certainly Shapiro will be a happy participant in Wes’s situation.”
With the new fireworks regulations in effect that say people can’t set off fireworks in the Borough of Chambersburg without a license, were there any arrests made around the Fourth of July?
Coffman said, “I’ve not heard anything from the Chief. I’ve not talked to him for several days. So I’m not sure where they are with that. I would tell you from where I live and what I heard on the Fourth of July, yeah, there was some noise around the neighborhood, but it was not like it has been in other years. Now I don’t know whether that’s just by chance or whether people are really heeding the fact that we do have a prohibition on commercial type fireworks now. I don’t know the answer but that’s a good question. I’ll see what I can find out.”
Ryan said, “I would like to think at least one citation might have been issued over that long stretch of the holiday weekend. So, I’m very interested in finding the results on that one.”
For tonight’s agenda, click here: http://www.borough.chambersburg.pa.us/pdf/Public%20Edition%2007102023%20Simple%20Agenda.pdf