2012-10-10 / Front Page

Boro Hears Plans For Third And Market Streets Building Project

Trick-or-Treat set for Oct. 25
By Jean Snyder

STAFF WRITER

McConnellsburg Borough Council met last Wednesday evening and heard plans for the razing of a borough property at the corner of Third and East Market streets. Once the home is razed, plans are being made for six to seven townhouse units to be built on the vacant lot.

Robert Wooldridge, owner of the property that was once known as the E.V. Lynch property, met with council members to report that he will demolish the old twostory home and requested a variance on the height requirement for the new townhouses that will only be one story. He also said he would be replacing sidewalks on the entire property. Council indicated they would grant the variance, but Wooldridge will be required to submit building plans and to meet with the local Historical Society since the current home is in the Historic District.

In a related matter, Wooldridge also said he would like to see the little building on the lot be preserved as it has served many purposes over the years, including a library and an insurance agency. The building sits to the south of the home just off Third Street. Wooldridge said he would move the building if anyone is interested in preserving it.

In other business, Mayor Mike Chilcote declared Thursday, October 25, as Trick-or-Treat Night in the borough. Children may trickor treat from 5-7 p.m. at homes where the porch lights are on. The annual Halloween parade will begin at 7 p.m.

During old business, council agreed to contact Exit Realty regarding the weeds and high grass on a North Third Street property owned by the realty company.

Also, council announced that it will not pave the alley adjacent to the Neighborhood Service Center until next year. The county has allocated $10,000 in liquid fuel funds to the borough for the costs of paving a portion of the North First Avenue alley.

Council approved payment of $227.79 in liquid fuel funds for repair of its dump truck and approved the purchase of paint for painting curbs.

It was also announced that Borough Council will hold a public meeting on October 17 at the Fulton House at 7:30 p.m. for the purpose of adopting subdivision and zoning ordinances for the borough. The proposed subdivision ordinance serves to regulate subdivision and land development within McConnellsburg Borough. The ordinance provides procedures and guidelines for the submission of subdivision and land development plans within the borough. It also sets forth design standards and requirements for subdivisions and land development within the borough. The ordinance contains requirements and guidelines regarding infrastructure, including, but not limited to, streets, sidewalks, curbing, lighting, parking facilities, sewage, and landscaping. Building setbacks are also included, and the ordinance provides for enforcement and for penalties.

The zoning ordinance is part of an overall plan for the orderly growth and development of the borough of McConnellsburg. The ordinance will regulate the uses of land, watercourses and other bodies of water, the size, height, bulk, location, erection, construction, repair, expansion, razing, removal and use of buildings and structures (including signs and signage), as well as yards and other open areas to be left unoccupied within the borough. It also provides procedures and guidelines for the submission of applications for zoning permits, certificates of use and occupancy, other permits (including special use and conditional use), and requests for zoning variances within the borough. The ordinance also establishes the office of zoning permit officer

During regular business, council approved payment of September bills in the amount of $11,785.88. Receipts for the same period were $9,626.29. Checks were written for $10,100.95, leaving an October balance of $53,094.91.

Council members attending the October meeting were Travis Bard, David Washabaugh, Pat Frazier, Pat Booth, Jim Smith, Rick Buterbaugh, Mack Shaffer and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for November 7, 2012.

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