December 11 – The Chambersburg Borough Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street.
Council will decide on the budget tonight and if it passes, it will be the final meeting for the year.
There will be no tax increase in the borough for 2024, but there will be increases in some of the fees.
Allen Coffman, borough council president said, “The ambulance fee. The water rate will go up slightly, a couple of pennies per unit. Of course the electric increase is coming, too. That’s the big one.”
The average increase for electricity in Chambersburg will be 11.3 percent.
There will be a public hearing tonight on amending the official map of Chambersburg to include a new street.
Coffman said, “The new street is Wallington Boulevard. It will be off of Walker Road, over in the area near the Olive Garden. It’ll be added to the map.”
Also the property behind the Moose will go from low density residential to distributive commercial highway.
Coffman said, “Then the other one will be a rezoning in the residential area which is behind TB Woods on the east side of TB Woods. They’ve already started putting housing in there and roads.”
All these properties will possibly be voted on tonight.
Coffman said, “We will also be approving the ordinance that will fix the real estate tax rate and also these increases we’re talking about and incidentally, you know that the budget has been online now for some time. There’s been about 385 views of that budget, which has gone up considerably since the last time I asked about this. So 385 people have looked at it or at least 385 different times. Then authorizing the ambulance fees surcharge to go up to $11 from the $9.50 to $11. They’re taken as separate actions to the legal part of it.”
The Parking, Traffic and Street Light Committee will also report on their recent meeting tonight.
Coffman continued, “We also are going to be talking about authorizing a professional agreement with SGS Architects in Carlisle concerning what I’ll call the complex on Wayne Avenue for the borough garage. This has been in discussion now for several years. We still aren’t to the final design but we’re moving along with it.”
The building that’s there now will be taken down.
Coffman said, “That building goes back to, I understand it was a railroad building to the turn of the last century, early 1900s. I guess with the age of it. The fact that the garage part of it turned out to be unsuitable. I mean, we’ve got equipment, it’s too big to fit in. So I guess we’re going to start with a fresh piece of paper and see what we can come up with.”
The Chambersburg Area Municipal Authority will meet tomorrow afternoon at 3pm
Coffman said, “They’re the people that have been involved in Southgate. So we’ll see what’s going on with that. I’m not sure.”
A meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. will be held to talk about stormwater.
Coffman said, “We’ve been doing this for a couple of years now. This is probably the second year where a homeowner, somebody who lives in a single residence or a duplex or a townhouse is entitled to a $5 credit or rebate, whatever you want to call it, for attending this meeting on stormwater. So I think part of it is there’s requirements that you have to instruct people or tell people about stormwater several times a year. This has been deemed as a way to get some people to come out and listen to it. A lot of people don’t have a lot of interest in stormwater, unfortunately.”
For tonight’s agenda, click here: http://www.borough.chambersburg.pa.us/pdf/Public%20Edition%2012082023%20agenda.pdf