2013-01-09 / Front Page

Hears UMC Stormwater Plan

Brief agenda for 2013’s first meeting
By Jean Snyder
STAFF WRITER

At their regular meeting last Wednesday, McConnellsburg Borough Council members met with McConnellsburg United Methodist Church officials to discuss plans for stormwater containment for their new addition to the church.

George Hann and Rick Marshall met with council to ask permission to tie into a drain on North First Street to take stormwater either across First Street to the creek or, in the alternative, to take it out to Lincoln Way West and then to the creek.

Hann, who had a sketch of the stormwater plan, told council members that the planned retention pond on the new project should result in no more storm runoff than is currently there. In mid-September of last year, Mc- Connellsburg Borough Council met with Eugene Stenger and architect John M. High of William A. Brindle Associates to review new building plans for the new fellowship hall to be built south of the church where the former parsonage is located along North Second Street. The old brick parsonage building will be razed. Although the building will have an 8,300- square-foot footprint, it may be two stories, High said at the time. The new building will be connected to the church, according to the plans.

Hann told council members that project cannot continue with plans unless council will agree to allow the church to tie into one of the drains on First Street to carry away the stormwater. Hann assured members that this would only be done if engineers say that the stormwater can be handled that way. Councilman Mack Shaffer told Hann and Marshall that he doubted the drain on Lincoln Way could handle any more water and there was also some question about whether the water could be run onto any properties on the west side of First Street and on to the creek. Councilman Rick Buterbaugh suggested the plan be sent to the borough’s engineer, but that idea was tabled when council members said they had no objections unless it increased the runoff. In the end, council voted to give Brindle Engineers approval to formulate a plan for stormwater runoff as long as there is no increase in the runoff. Borough secretary Jack Fields agreed to provide a letter verifying that approval was given.

During new business, council voted to retain Keller Engineers on an as-needed basis (with no retainer) for the new year. They also voted to retain attorney Carlton Cook Walker as borough solicitor for the second year under a twoyear agreement for a retainer fee of $300 for the year 2013.

Council also briefly discussed the fact that snow had to be hauled from the downtown after the last snowfall. Council retains TMS Excavating to do the work. Council also briefly discussed the lack of a sidewalk leading to the Giant Food Store and also discussed two parked vehicles creating a traffic hazard in the borough. No official action was taken.

Also, under old business, Fields told council that he has made application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for $50,000 to put a public restroom in the Fulton House. Council also decided that Christmas lights will not remain lit after the coming weekend.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved payment of December bills in the amount of $9,886.16. Revenue for the same period was $8,644.74. Checks were written for $17,261.50, leaving a January 1 balance of $41,612.33.

Council members present were Travis Bard, David Washabaugh, Pat Frazier, Pat Booth, Mack Shaffer and Rick Buterbaugh.

The council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next regular meeting will be held on February 6, 2013.

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